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ETS NEWS RELEASE: ‘TIP’ for college students: Consider a state internship for large-scale IT experience

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU — The Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) is accepting applications for the State of Hawaii’s Transformation Internship Program (TIP), an award-winning, technology-focused program that will run this summer from June 26 to Aug.11, 2017. The deadline to apply is June 16.

“The goal of our internship program is to provide the opportunity for college students to learn about state government while gaining real-world project experience in information technology and business transformation,” said state Chief Information Officer Todd Nacapuy, who heads ETS. “What sets the TIP program apart is that it allows students to work on large-scale ‘enterprise’ initiatives that few entities in Hawaii other than state government can provide.”

TIP was launched in 2013 to provide a framework for students to earn academic credit while collaborating with state personnel to advance transformation initiatives, including organizational change management, business process re-engineering and/or modernization of information technology systems and solutions. Through TIP, students receive meaningful work assignments by applying information technology classroom concepts to project assignments and are exposed to public service careers. Many participants also develop a network of professional contacts for the future.

This summer, TIP participants will participate alongside state innovators in some of the following areas:

  • major modernization initiatives, such as the Enterprise Payroll Modernization project, which is overhauling how the state processes payroll for more than 75,000 full- and part-time employees statewide;
  • cybersecurity, particularly as it relates to securing state government IT infrastructure;
  • migration of legacy systems to cloud-enabled services; and
  • the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge, a hackathon-inspired event designed to engage the local tech community in the modernization of state government. (The state’s second code challenge event is being planned for August.)

For more information, visit and click “Apply” at the top of the webpage, or link directly to the application here.

Minimum qualification requirements include current enrollment as a graduate student or an undergraduate student with junior or senior standing with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher. Recommended majors include: Business Administration (Finance/Accounting), Management Information Systems, Information and Computer Science, Informatics, Information Technology Management, Information System Security, or related fields. Additional areas of study may include but are not limited to Cloud Computing, Computer Systems and Networks, Enterprise Web Applications, IT Infrastructure Security, Mobile Computing, Web Publishing, Cybercrime, Digital Forensics, Visual Basic Application Development, Object Oriented Application Development, and IT Project Management. See application for additional qualifications.

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(all photos courtesy of ETS)


2016 TIP intern with Homelessness Coordinator.jpg — TIP participant Brock Lyle (left) checks in with state Coordinator on Homelessness Scott Morishige at last summer’s Hawaii Annual Code Challenge. The 2016 TIP students were instrumental to planning the inaugural event.


2016 TIP meeting.jpg — Last year, TIP participants met regularly as a group to share and coordinate their efforts toward their project goals.


2016 TIP group photo.jpg — The 2016 TIP cohort gathered with CIO Todd Nacapuy and ETS staff following a briefing on state IT job opportunities. Top row (from left): ETS staff Derek DePonte, Kaimana Bingham, and Leila Kagawa; and TIP interns Allen Pagan, David Lukefahr, Lancen Daclison, Oscar Hong, Bryant Sanchez, Brock Lyle and Kurt Nikaitani. Front row (from left): ETS staff member Micah Hwang; TIP interns Collin Yabusaki and Andie Hoshijo; state CIO Todd Nacapuy; and TIP interns Alex Watanabe, Jon Hsu and Brandon Tsuha. (Not pictured is TIP intern Russell Chang).


2015 TIP presentation to governor.jpg — Jaron Kuriyama and Jennylyn Tapat, TIP participants in 2015, provided an in-person report to Gov. David Ige about their contributions to a Hawaii Department of Health “paperless” project.



Media Contact:

Keith DeMello

Senior Communications Manager

Office of Enterprise Technology Services

(808) 586-1866

[email protected]