Summer Internships in Hawaii - Placements

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Holistic Healing Internships in Hawaii

Each UC Davis Summer Abroad Internship program pairs UC Davis Study Abroad with a partner organization that manages the personalized internship placements; arranges accommodations and excursions; leads onsite orientations and optional social events; and provides 24/7 emergency support. As part of the placement process for Summer Internships, participants will first enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad and then complete a supplemental application for the partner organization associated with their particular Summer Internship program.

Although Study Abroad partners with outside organizations for some aspects of Summer Abroad Internships, the official provider for these programs is UC Davis Study Abroad, and course credit is issued by UC Davis.

Internship Placement Process

 After students enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad in the Holistic Healing in Hawaii Summer Internship program, they will receive instructions for completing a separate application and portal for this program’s partner, Child Family Health International (CFHI). CFHI's process includes a supplemental application. Note that some CFHI programs include placement and activities at multiple internship sites while others place students at one internship for the duration of the program. No interviews are required in the placement process.

Sample Internship Placements

Public Health, relevant cultural/historical site visits and activities, and NGO/school placements and site visits will start on Monday after arrival (orientation sessions take place on Sunday after arrival) and usually take place in the mornings for 4 to 6 hours on Monday through Friday for the remaining four weeks. Some activities will take the full day, and activities will occasionally be scheduled on weekends.

Once per week, students will meet with the Program Coordinators to discuss their experiences. A lecture on a health related topics will also be provided by the Coordinator or arranged with other local experts. Students can use this time to discuss particular issues of interest, review their progress or bring up any concerns they may have.

Students present their work and experiences at a closing meeting attended by community members and others at the end of the program.

Program sites include but are not limited to the following activities. Note that due to patient confidentiality laws, interaction with health facilities may consist of site visits, tours, on-site discussion, and/or observational shadowing:

Keakelahe High School

Kealakehe High opened its doors in August 1997, welcoming its first 9th grade class (class of 2001), with a student enrollment of 407 students. Currently, the enrollment hovers around 1,600 (9th-12th grade). The school is in the district of Kona on the island of Hawai’i and is built on 50 acres of land located in the Kealakehe “ahupua’a”. The “ahupua’a” is an ancient Hawaiian land division system which contained strips of land that extended from the mountain to the sea. Located in West Hawaii, Kealakehe serves a geographic district approximately 40 miles wide, encompassing the communities of Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Waikoloa, and Puako and is the largest geographic school district in the state. Over 77% of the student body is made up of underserved minorities, which include Hawaiians, Hispanics, Polynesians and Asians.

Project Vision Hawaii

Project Vision Hawai`i has the only mobile health screening programs in Hawai`i that provide statewide services in communities with significant access-to-care challenges related to income, lack of insurance, geographical location, or cultural conflict. To date, Project Vision Hawai`i has provided free medical screening services to more than 55,000 patients across the state, including high populations of seniors, children from low-income families, immigrants, and individuals with disabilities.

West Hawaii Community Health Center

West Hawaii Community Health Center delivers patient-centered health care on the Big Island of Hawaii. Their mission is to make quality, comprehensive, and integrated health services accessible to all, regardless of income. They focus on offering services that are culturally sensitive and promote community well-being through the practice of malama pono (caring for others in a way that is right). As a Federally Qualified Health Center, the center receives 10% of its operating funds from the Federal Bureau of Primary Health Care. This funding assists in bringing comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

Hamakua-Kohala Health

Hamakua-Kohala Health adheres to the model of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and were awarded National Recognition in 2015 by the NCQA HKH PCMH Recognition the National Committee for Quality Assurance, placing patients at the center of the healthcare system, and providing comprehensive primary and preventative healthcare to persons of all ages, that is “accessible, affordable, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.” Services for the low-income, uninsured and under-insured are provided on a Sliding Fee Scale that is based on family income and size. Hamakua-Kohala Health provides primary and preventative healthcare regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status.

Tutu’s House

Tutu’s House strives to offer affordable access to interactive, experiential, and informative health-related activities and inspiring opportunities to make the best choices for their own circumstances. All activities are free to the community. Activities include support groups for seniors and individuals experiencing health challenges, as well as community-building and craft activities.

Ulu Mau Puanui

Ulu Mau Puanui is a non-profit 501c3 organization formed for research and educational purposes to discover and understand how Hawaiians sustained rain-fed (unirrigated) intensive farming for centuries; and how it may inform current efforts to live sustainably. Ulu Mau Puanui manages the gardens at Puanui, provides educational programs and collaborates with various educational and cultural organizations that provide learning opportunities for students, teachers, families and community. 

Hamakua Youth Foundation, Inc.

The Hamakua Youth Foundation, Inc. (HYF) is a grassroots community organization dedicated to creating nurturing, stimulating and enjoyable youth-centered, after-school, occasional weekend, and summer programs for youth of the Hamakua District. Guided by Hawaiian traditions and values, the Hamakua Youth Center engages local youth in leadership training, environmental stewardship, music, visual arts, recreational activities, and exploration of the many cultures represented in the area.

Paniolo Pediatric & family Medicine

Paniolo is a private practice providing a wide range of healthcare from birth through infancy, childhood and adolescence. From counseling for behavioral problems, to treating infectious illnesses, Paniolo Pediatrics offers a professional, caring and empathetic approach to children and families on the Big Island

Information about UC Davis’s partner for the program

For the Holistic Healing in Hawaii Summer Internship program, UC Davis Study Abroad partners with CFHI (Child Family Health International), a nonprofit organization that offers health-focused programs, rotations, and internships in 11 countries. CFHI is recognized as a global health ethics leader and partners with over 40 universities to offer quality health education programs rooted in longstanding partnerships with local host communities. CFHI programs offer clinical rotation placements and public health opportunities (depending on the program) to provide students with a professional and holistic perspective of local health needs and resources. The Holistic Healing in Hawaii Health Summer Internship program is a customized program designed by CFHI uniquely for UC Davis Study Abroad. Onsite, a team of local CFHI staff will welcome students, lead the welcome orientation, facilitate all program-related activities in health settings, coordinate and lead the group excursions and optional activities, and be on-call 24/7 for emergency support. 

Transcript Notation

Students participating in UC Davis Study Abroad Internships are eligible to receive Transcript Notation (TN). Transcript notation documents your academically approved internship on your official UC Davis transcript. By having your experience noted, it provides proof of where and when you participated in an internship. This is especially valuable for global health internships that may be difficult for a prospective employer or program to contact.

Transcript Notation is a process you’ll start within the first two weeks of your internship placement through Handshake, the tool UC Davis Internship and Career Center uses to connect students and employers.