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Internship Opportunities

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We are offering internships to high school students who are interested in learning more about individuals with developmental disabilities (Autism, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, etc…) The internship is open to students age 17 or older statewide in Hawai'i. Additionally, we are now taking college students who need practicum hours.

If you are interested in making new friends, and meeting some extraordinary individuals then this is for you.  


The internship program consists of an online application, online interview, 4.5 hours of online modules and then depending on the student’s choice, interning at an Adult Day Health Center. (The numbers of hours we can provide is flexible based on the students need) Currently we are working with the following adult day health centers; Lanakila Pacific, The Arc of Maui, Ka Lima O Maui and Easterseals Waimea on Kauaʻi. 

This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing, education, psychology, social work or the medical field. However the knowledge you will gain from the internship can be applied to any field of work including human resources, business, politics, etc.

Goals and Objectives for the students include learning: 

  • About different communication techniques (Visual aids, Sign language, Non-verbal behavior)

  • How to modify an activity and implement 1 activity in (art, music, physical exercise, self-advocacy, or another area of participant interest)

  • About self-advocacy and Developmental Disability Awareness Month

  • About issues and barriers individuals with developmental disabilities face daily and how that would relate or impact your future career path. 


**Stipends are available to students once they have completed their hours**

For more information please contact: Amelia Kyewich-Kaneholani, Kauai Program Specialist for the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities at

 To apply go to:

View Current DD Council Members

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