Internships and Volunteering at OI

Oceanic Institute accepts volunteers and/or interns in most of the research programs and, occasionally, in our administrative departments. Volunteer and internship positions are primarily intended to assist students with making education and/or professional career choices.

Oceanic Institute is not an accredited educational institution and therefore is unable to confer degrees on students. However, OI is an affiliate of Hawaii Pacific University and conducts joint classes at its Waimanalo facility. Please visit their website at to learn more about their programs.

At OI, interns and volunteers typically work in one of our four main areas:

  • Shrimp
  • Finfish 
  • Aquatic Feeds and Nutrition
  • Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA)

Information about these programs are available under the Research section of this site. Prospective volunteers and interns will be required to complete and submit an OI Volunteer Applicaton Form along with a resume and cover letter.  The cover letter should indicate the length of time you will be able to commit to our program.  If applicable, please state whether you intent on receiving school credit for an internship at OI.

Our mailing address is: Oceanic Institute, Attention: Human Resources Department, 41-202 Kalaniana'ole Highway, Waimanalo, Hawaii, USA 96795-1820. Email:

Selected individuals will be asked to come in for an interview.  In some cases the interview can be conducted over the phone.  Assignment must be approved by department program manager and a management committee.  Once approved, volunteers and interns will be required to complete a first day orientation. 

Oceanic Institute is unable to provide financial assistance, scholarships, stipends or living allowances.