The Office of Congresswoman Hanabusa

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 Distinguished Fellow, APARC

About the Congresswoman:

Colleen Hanabusa, a United States Representative from Hawaii, was born in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, on May 4, 1951 and was raised in Wai‘anae.  She graduated from St. Andrew’s Priory School, Honolulu, Hawaii in 1969, and was awarded a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii in 1973, a Masters of Arts from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii in 1975 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii in 1977. A lawyer by profession in private practice, she was a member of the Hawaii State Senate from 1998 through 2010 and served as Senate President (Hawaii’s first female Senate President) from 2007 to 2010.  In 2010, she was elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Twelfth (112th) and to the succeeding One Hundred Thirteenth (113th) Congresses (January 3, 2011 - January 3, 2015).  
In 2015, Representative Hanabusa returned to the practice of law and became a Board Member and, subsequently, Chair, of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, (January 2015 - November 7, 2016).  In 2016, she was elected simultaneously as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fourteenth (114th) Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Mark Takai, and to the One Hundred Fifteenth (115th) Congress, where she currently serves Hawaii’s First Congressional District.


Reporting directly to the Cheif of Staff, Mike Formby, the intern will assist Congresswoman Hanabusa (CH) with her three committee assignments:  1)  House Armed Services Committee (HASC); 2) Natural Resources; and 3) Science.  Congresswoman Hanabusa has a particular interest in HASC due to the presence of PACOM in her congressional district.  If the student has an interest in the military, assistance with HASC would be rewarding to both the student and Congresswoman Hanabusa . Congresswoman Hanabusa is Ranking Member of Federal Lands in Natural Resources and leads committee hearings.  The ability to review proposed legislation and assist the Congresswoman with the formation of appropriate questions would be helpful.
The intern can expect to attend committee hearings; summarize hearings and testimony of witnesses; propose legislative solutions based on input from the Honolulu District Office; propose resolutions/Dear Colleague letters; prep Congresswoman Hanabusa for hearings; analyze legislative proposals submitted by committee members.

Eligibility and Skills Required:

  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Knowledge/experience in area studies that match region assigned
  • Intense desire to work and learn in a fast-paced environment
  • Research, analysis, and critical thinking
  • Organized and able to multi-task
  • We prefer self-starters who think outside the box.  We also value critical thinkers who engage in an intellectually disciplined process of actively conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information from many sources, or generated by observation, experience, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to their belief and action. 

Language Requirement:



The first half of the internship will be at the office in Washington, D.C. and the second half will be located at the office in Honolulu, Hawaii. (view locations)

Visa Requirements:



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.


The application deadline is February 7, 2018, at 11:59 pm. 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.