Pacific Health Analytics Collaborative

IMPORTANT UPDATE: This internship program will not operate this summer. The application form is now closed. We thank everyone for their interest in the UH Summer Health Analytics Internship. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

Do you want to learn essential data skills for a 21st century economy?
Do you want to gain exposure to data science, health analytics, and data visualization?
Do you have a passion for mental health, substance use, houselessness, and behavioral health?
Do you have an interest in using data to make the world a better place?

Please consider applying to our new paid Summer Health Analytics Internship (UH-SHAI) program!

This program is open to current high school seniors and first- or second-year undergraduate students.

More Information

Program Overview

The UH Summer Health Analytics Internship (UH-SHAI) is a 6-week internship program in summer 2021. The purpose of this program is to make data science and health analytics accessible to all. This internship program will help to increase and diversify the health analytics workforce locally in Hawaiʻi by providing experiential learning opportunities and encouraging students to develop interest to pursue careers in health analytics, behavioral health, and data science. This internship program covers:

  1. Introduction to health analytics and data science for career and professional growth;
  2. Exposure to fundamental concepts in data science, encompassing computer science and statistics and skills in programming and coding with open-source software (specifically R);
  3. Exposure to applied research topics in behavioral health, mental health, and substance use disorders, and its importance to Hawaiʻi and the Pacific;
  4. Introduction to conducting reproducible, replicable, and ethical research;
  5. Introduction to conducting scientific literature reviews; and
  6. Participation in professional development activities including networking opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

To eligible for this summer internship, applicants must:

  • Be a current high school senior or a first- or second-year undergraduate student
  • Be available for at least 32 hours/week between June 14 – July 23
  • Demonstrate a sincere interest in data and/or research

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form (
  • A transcript representing at least the last six months of school (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • Two references with contact information
  • An attached resume; and
  • A personal statement (maximum 250 words) that addresses the following questions:  Why do you want to participate in the UH-Summer Health Analytics Internship Program? What are some of the possible careers you are considering at this time?

Key Dates



February 15

Applications open on Google Form:

April 1

Application deadline for priority acceptance (PHAC may accept late applications on a case-by-case basis)

April 16

Tentative final day for interviews

April 19

Acceptance notifications will begin to be released as early as 4/19

June 14 – July 23

Internship Program


  • Gain valuable hands-on work experience
  • Explore a highly sought-after and growing job market (data science and analytics)
  • Develop and refine research and data skills
  • Paid summer internship!
  • Meet and engage with fellow peers interested in health analytics
  • Work on a real-life project with public health professionals and researchers

Informational Session for Students

For more information, please watch the informational session conducted on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 4:00pm via Zoom.

(Coming Soon)

Background: PHAC's Work during COVID

Please see a recent webinar hosted by Civil Beat on January 21, 2021 with Dr. Victoria Fan discussing the COVID-19 dashboards that PHAC created for the state.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the Summer Health Analytics Internship and its application process/timeline, please contact Sunja Kim at with the subject line “UH-SHAI.”

Funding: The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Center on Aging, Pacific Health Analytics Collaborative gratefully acknowledges funding in support of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Overdose Data to Action project from the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health (HDOH), Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD).