2040 Lauwiliwili Street Kapolei, HI 96707

Start Your Career. Early.

Learn what it takes to be successful in the trades. Our Career Connections
Summer Internship will change your perspective on yourself and your future.


Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024


Think you have what it takes? We're here for it! Click below to get started.


We want  the best and brightest. If you meet the requirements below, you’re on the right track.


  • You’re at least 16 years old – if you’re exactly 16, you will need a work permit
  • You’re enrolled at a Career Connections-participating high school – see the full list here
  • You’ve completed or are currently completing Skills Level 2 (BC2 or RCC1 equivalent)


  • You submitted your application no later than March 15, 2024
  • Your application is fully complete, including all recommendation forms
  • You have proper work attire including sleeved shirts, long pants (no sweatpants), and work shoes (steel-toed shoes recommended)


  • You can pass an employer pre-screening drug test
  • You have reliable transportation to training and jobsites
  • You are available for the duration of the program

HCATF has a zero-tolerance substance abuse policy to ensure training takes place in a safe environment.


Attend our OSHA 10 certification, First Aid & CPR certification, and preparatory training, tuition-free.


Borrow tools for the duration of the program, and receive your very own HCATF safety vest, glasses, gloves, and hardhat.


Intern at an actual construction site and get paid ($15/hour) - for 6 weeks of the program.


Celebrate your achievements at the our Graduation Ceremony and gain recognition from industry professionals.


Click below to submit your application. Best of luck!
Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024


Contact Natalie Millon for more information:



All applicants must qualify by completing (or be in the process of completing) the 2nd level Residential and Commercial Construction class in the Building & Construction pathway at one of 32 participating Career Connections Hawaii high schools. Students then must complete the application process which includes written statements, teacher recommendations, and an interview. A selection committee comprised of representatives from the Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund, Hawaii State Department of Education, General Contractors Labor Association, Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, State of Hawaii Department of Labor, University of Hawaii System, Castle Foundation, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and PRP Hawaii will review and rank the student applications.

The number of students selected depends upon the availability of positions through our participating employers.

Yes! Contractors are responsible for paying summer interns $15/hour.

Contractors will employ their summer interns for a 6-week period.

Yes. The summer interns must pass an OSHA 10 and First Aid & CPR certification class, then attend a Preparatory Training Course before they start working. As an intern, your training will include introductory hands-on skills such as tool and material handling taught by HCATF Training Coordinators and apprenticeship instructors. The Preparatory Course is tuition-free and unpaid.

If you are under the age of 18, your employer will need to abide by the Federal and State Child Labor laws. It will be your employer’s responsibility to ensure that all Federal and State Child Labor laws are being met. If you are 16 years old, you must have your worker’s permit.

The actual tasks and responsibilities of each summer intern will vary based on the jobsite and employer. It is work, so some tasks may not be glamorous. Common amongst all employers will be the opportunity to shadow journeyworkers and supervisors. Our summer interns are exposed to carpentry, drywall and millwright trades.

Yes, if you decide to enroll in our apprenticeship program after graduation. Most of our summer employers are willing to hire their summer interns when they become apprentices.



  • Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School
  • Aiea High School
  • James Campbell High School
  • Farrington High School
  • Kahuku High & Intermediate School
  • Kailua High School
  • Kaimuki High School
  • Kalaheo High School
  • Kapolei High School
  • Leilehua High School
  • Mililani High School
  • Nanakuli High & Intermediate School
  • Olomana School
  • Pearl City High School
  • President William McKinley High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Waialua High & Intermediate School
  • Waianae High School
  • Waipahu High School


  • Hilo High School
  • Honokaa High & Intermediate School
  • Kau High & Pahala Elementary School
  • Kealakehe High School
  • Kohala High School
  • Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
  • King Kekaulike High School
  • Lanai High & Elementary School
  • Maui High School
  • Molokai High School


  • Kapaa High School
  • Kauai High School
  • Waimea High School

The Career Connections Pre-Apprenticeship Program is partnership between the Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund and the Hawaii State Department of Education.