The 2020 EPIC internship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2020 Summer Internship Program at Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC)

In 2003, educational exchange programs between Ehime and Hawaiʻi were established to strengthen their relationship following the Ehime-maru incident in 2001 that resulted in the loss of four students and five faculty members of the Ehime Prefectural Uwajima Fishery High School. This summer internship program for current UH students to work at EPIC and other municipal international centers in Ehime prefecture. The main objective of the program is to foster friendship and understanding between the two communities.


mid-May to late July or early August 2020 (approx. 70-80 days)

Summary of Work Responsibilities:

  1. Assist EPIC staff in answering general inquiries both from the people of Ehime and foreigners.
  2. Plan, coordinate, and execute cross-cultural seminars that include topics on Hawaiian and American cultures (including visits to elementary, middle, high schools, and universities in Ehime).
  3. Support and assist the Ehime-Hawaiʻi related programs.
  4. Assist in the update and management of the website and publications for EPIC.
  5. Work hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:15 pm.

>> Click here for the 2018 summer interns’ schedule as a general reference.

Internship includes:

  • Roundtrip ticket (Honolulu-Ehime), living stipend, housing (pending funding).
  • The selected candidate must have a valid passport and pay for his/her own passport/visa fees.


  • Applicant must be a United States citizen currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at UH in a field related to EPIC’s interests.  Applicant must be enrolled during the proposed internship period.
  • Applicant should possess moderate Japanese language skills, have experience working or living in an international context, and have some knowledge of Hawaiian culture. Applicant should also possess good interpersonal skills and be able to multi-task.
  • Your application for an internship should be supported by your university. A minimum requirement is a letter from one of your professors supporting your application.
  • The final candidates will be selected by the authority of Japan-America Society in Hawaiʻi and University of Hawaiʻi. Placement is subject to availability of meaningful assignments.

Application and Guidelines:

2020 Ehime Summer Internship Program Application

  • Deadline for application and other documents: March 20, 2020 (Friday)
  • Finalists will be interviewed on March 24, 2020 (Tuesday) starting at 5:00pm. Students will be contacted to schedule the interview.

2020 EPIC internship guideline (in English)

2020 EPIC internship guideline (in Japanese)