U.S. Pacific Command

This internship is offered in conjunction with the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Karl Eikenberry, Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow and Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at FSI's APARC

About the Organization:

The United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), headquarted near Honolulu, Hawaii, is one of six geographic Unified Combatant Commands.

The USPACOM Area of Responsibility (AOR) encompasses about half the earth's surface, stretching from the waters off the west coast of the U.S. to the western border of India, and from Antarctica to the North Pole. There are few regions as culturally, socially, economically, and geo-politically diverse as the Asia-Pacific. The 36 nations that comprise the Asia-Pacific region are home to more than 50% of the world's population, 3,000 different languages, several of the world's largest militaries, and five nations allied with the U.S. through mutual defense treaties. Two of the three largest economies are located in the Asia-Pacific along with 10 of the 14th smallest. The AOR includes the most populous nation in the world, the largest democracy, and the largest Muslim-majority nation. More than one-third of Asia-Pacific nations are smaller, island nations that include the smallest republic in the world and the smallest nation in Asia.


USPACOM protects and defends, in concert with other U.S. Government agencies, the territory of the United States, its people, and its interests. With allies and partners, USPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Asia-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression, and, when necessary, fighting to win.  This approach is based on partnership, presence, and military readiness.


USPACOM offers interns a broad range of opportunities. Below are a few projects interns may support:

  • Theater and national intelligence processes
  • Health plan development
  • Partnership building
  • Support development of strategy and policy
  • All Hazards planning and Interagency coordination
  • Military training and exercises
  • Cyber security and planning

A specific project and mentor will be determined by the Directorate to which the intern is assigned.

Eligibility and Skills Required:

  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Knowledge/experience in area studies that match region assigned
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite tools
  • Research, analysis, and critical thinking
  • Organized and able to multi-task
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Ability to obtain Interim Secret clearance

Language Requirement:



Honolulu, Hawaii.

Visa Requirements:

Due to our stringent clearance process, Fellows must be U.S. citizens and meet the following criteria:

  • No foreign or dual citizenship
  • No foreign family members to include dual citizenship
  • No extensive foreign contacts (this is on a case by case basis)
  • Financial background will be reviewed (outstanding debt, etc.)
  • Foreign travel will be reviewed


FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI’s Global Policy interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Academic Program Manager Gina Gonzales directly.


Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

Frequently Asked Questions

Please Note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship.