Hele Imua – State of Hawaii Internship Program

Intern Applicant (Job Seeker)

The Workforce Development Division (WDD) is currently accepting applications for Hele Imua, a 12-week internship opportunity for the State of Hawaii.  The purpose of this program is to provide eligible candidates exposure to various high-demand occupations in state government that may transition into gainful employment within Hawaii’s labor market.


  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • The State of Hawai’i requires all persons seeking employment within State government to be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal history record clearance (background check will be conducted by DLIR).
  • The State of Hawaii requires that applicants complete a background clearance (Form HRD329c Rev. 11/20) prior to employment.

Intern Applicant Forms for State Internship

Please email both completed application forms, a current resume, and a cover letter between 250 and 500 words to your WDD local office as follows:

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Host Agency – State Department/Division (Employer)

DLIR WDD seeks to partner with state departments and divisions that can offer real on-the-job work experience, training, and supervision for select interns of the Hele Imua program.  Interns may conduct duties that are the same or similar to those of your current employees.  This program is intended to prepare interns for a possible career in state government and offers job seekers an inside look and feel of what it is like to work for a state agency while at the same time allowing you the opportunity to stretch your resources further with the assistance of one or more interns.

Interns will be registered with the DLIR payroll system and will be paid by DLIR.  There is no cost to the employer with the exception of time for supervision and the cost of supplies necessary for the intern to complete assigned tasks and duties.  The Hele Imua Program will offer each selected intern a duration of up to 12 consecutive weeks to complete their internship with the possibility of extension.

Please email an intern position description (one paragraph) to:  [email protected]

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