Have you ever been interested in learning the inner workings of State Government?
Do you want to help make your State a better place to live and work?
Would you like to assist your neighbors when they have questions or concerns and help guide them in resolving issues?
Then there may be a place in the House of Representatives for you.
The Legislature is a fast-paced environment filled with many important deadlines, daily hearings, and long hours. Professionalism is a must, working closely with government officials, business leaders and the public. Working for the House requires a lot of energy and the drive to get the job done and serve the public well.
Check out our current job opportunities in the sidebar to the right. See below for more information about working in the House.
We welcome a very diverse cross section of applicants, ranging from freshly graduated college students to retirees. Minimum requirements are listed for each job, but the main requirement is that you are willing and able to learn the legislative process. We do perform background checks, and a criminal history may disqualify you from employment with the House. We strive for a safe environment for all Capitol employees and visitors.
For most positions, no degree is required, but is often helpful.
Please see the individual jobs in the sidebar for a list of requirements.
Session staff positions are TEMPORARY and generally run from December/January until May. Hiring for session staff generally happens in November and December.
All positions are based out of the State Capitol Building, which is located in downtown Honolulu. See Map
We have limited metered parking available for the general public. Parking is accessible through the Miller Street entrance off of Punchbowl Street. Staff may apply for parking passes on a first-come first-served basis.
Health, Prescription Drug, Dental and Vision insurance is available.
Email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com, indicating position(s) desired. Please submit your resume only ONCE. If you would like to apply for more than one position, indicate all positions desired on your cover letter. All resumes submitted will be available for review by the different Representatives and Agency Offices.
Your application/resume will be kept on file in the House Chief Clerk’s Office for review by House members and legislative agencies. If interested, the Members or staff themselves may call you to set an appointment for an interview. Applications are kept on file for the duration of the legislative session until the end of May. If you applied for the previous year, you will need to re-submit your resume.
A majority of the positions in the House are on a temporary, session-only basis. Any permanent staff positions will be posted if available.
Work schedules vary by office, but generally run from 8 – 5. Please be aware, however, that the Legislature has a dynamic work environment, and hours can be significantly longer during deadline periods.
If you are interested in working for a specific Representative or Agency Office, you may email them your resume directly.
Salary ranges depend on position and experience. For detailed salary information, please see individual jobs in the sidebar.
A majority of positions in the House are full-time. Depending on office needs, Representatives may hire part-time staff. If you are interested in part-time positions, please indicate so on your cover letter.
There are always opportunities available for volunteers. You can contact a Representative directly to volunteer in their office.
Internships may be arranged through the UH Internship Program, or you may work with your professor and individual Representatives.
• "If you'd like to get a taste of politics, this is the perfect environment to work in."
• "It's fun and exciting to meet different people from all walks of life. The 60-day legislative session goes by in a flash!"
• "As a session hire, I received the essential building blocks for office skills that I never had. As frivolous as typing memos or sorting files may be, I am glad I learned those skills for my job today as they are required for working with technical directors and other management staff. I would recommend anyone to take a chance and work as a session hire to develop their skills and build their contacts for future employment opportunities."
• "It's incredibly fulfilling to know that doing your job well means doing something good for the people of Hawaii."
• "Exciting, Frustrating, Entertaining, Monotonous, Unique, Stressful, Eventful, Hectic, Enlightening. Every day here is different, I'm always learning something new. Love it, hate it, somehow I keep coming back for more."
• "Working here, I've learned the importance of participating in Government; everyone has a part in making a successful government. It's not about just one person, but everyone working together to make a better life. Even if it's just going out to vote or to share an opinion, we all have a say."
• "You'll run into unique and interesting people working here."
• "A strong democracy requires well-informed and responsible citizens. After working here you realize that many of the issues we face are much more complex, and the opinions, voices and perspectives are immensely diverse. You'll never watch the news or read the newspapers in the same way again. We are here to do the people's work – for ALL the people of Hawaii."
• "Working at the Chief Clerk's Office was a great experience. I learned about the legislative process, and government in general. It helped prepare me for my career in journalism, but I recommend working at the Capitol, no matter what field you're going into."
• "Dramatically Entertaining...a MUST try!!!"
• "Working at the Capitol is fun, exciting, hard work and very rewarding."
• "Working at the Capitol was a challenging, yet incredibly rewarding experience. I met and became friends with some amazing people, while I also got to understand the inner workings of Hawaii. By the end of the session, I felt like I grew as an individual."
• "Being a part of the law-making process, no matter how small, is a very rewarding experience. Knowing that what you do matters to so many people, from all walks of life, is a great feeling."
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