If you want to experience firsthand what it's like to work in a dynamic public service organization, work closely with elected officials and the public, and learn more about the legislative process, consider applying for a temporary position with the Senate for the 2016 legislative session! Please return to this webpage in mid-October for a full description of available positions and instructions on how to apply.
All Senate offices are in the State Capitol building, which is located in downtown Honolulu. You can find more information about the State Capitol here.
Session jobs require a 4-6 month commitment, depending on the position. Most begin in January and end on the last day of the legislative session (late April or early May).
Although a large number of the Senate staff during the legislative session are in temporary positions, the Senate employs a limited number of staff on a permanent year-around basis. All Senate staff, regardless of their position, are employed on an at-will basis.
Generally, permanent positions in the Senate are full time. However, part time session positions are sometimes available. If you are seeking a part time position, please note your availability in your cover letter.
Senate employees working 20 hours or more per week are eligible for health insurance through the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF).
Permanent employees of the Senate are eligible for membership with the State of Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System (ERS).
Due to the large volume of resumes submitted to the Senate, many applicants will not be contacted for an interview after submitting a resume.
“ Session employees are exposed to a wealth of information that shape our state policies. No course of study can replace that invaluable first-hand experience.”
“ The legislative session can be intense and a little overwhelming, and you get to work with a variety of personalities, but it is also a great way to gain valuable experience and skills.”
“ The experience provides great insights into how process, policy, and politics intersect – you don’t get that in law school.”
“ I feel much more empowered and responsible. It was a pleasure to follow the legislative process and learn how change happens (or doesn’t). I look forward to sharing what I learned with my community.”
“ Working at the Hawaii State Legislature made my previous coursework pertaining to government and Hawaii history come to life!”
“ I was able to meet many legislators and put a face, personality and a story on the names that come across the news headlines…working at the Capitol has shown me how a group of people with differing agendas can come together to make the best of the limited session time for the good of the people of Hawaii …The skills and relationships I’ve gathered here will invariably be of significant benefit in the future.”
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