NOAA in the Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands Region is geographically isolated and composed entirely of islands and atolls that can only be reached by air or sea.  It encompasses 50% of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone and includes the State of Hawai‘i and the U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  

NOAA has substantial capabilities working to address the priorities and needs of our stakeholders and partners in the Pacific Islands Region. Several NOAA centers, offices, and laboratories serve the region.  There are over 30 NOAA offices and over 600 federal and contract employees in the region, with the majority of NOAA’s workforce being located on the island of Oʻahu and smaller numbers of employees spread throughout the Hawaiian Islands and territories. Within the region, we have an extensive partnership network that keeps the agency informed about priority issues, collects data and information, conducts cutting-edge research and science outreach, and helps manage our coasts and resources. 

NOAA assets in the Pacific Islands include:

NOAA has a broad portfolio of activities and services throughout the region. Communication and coordination across NOAA and its partners can be challenging, given the extent of locations, missions, and needs. In order to improve, focus, and better integrate the development and delivery of NOAA’s products and services, NOAA’s Pacific Islands Regional Collaboration Team supports activities and efforts that strengthen communication, coordination, and collaboration among NOAA and partners at regional and sub-regional levels.

Pacific Islands Region Partners

In addition to NOAA employees and facilities, NOAA benefits from close partnerships with these NOAA-supported entities in the region:

National Estuarine Research Reserves

Sea Grant College Programs

Cooperative Institutes

Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments

Regional Coastal Ocean Observing Systems

Coastal Zone Management Programs

Regional Fishery Management Council

Student Internships, Scholarships, and Fellow Opportunities
  • September 2022
    Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program
    Audience: Undergraduate students
    Applications Open: September 1, 2022
    Applications Due: January 2023
    Contact: studentscholarshipprograms@noaa.gov
  • September 2022
    Educational Partnership Program (EPP) with Minority Serving institutions (MSI) Undergraduate Scholarship
    Audience: Undergraduate students
    Applications Open: September 1, 2022
    Applications Due: January 2023
    Contact: studentscholarshipprograms@noaa.gov
  • December 2022
    Hōkūala Kīkaha Kai Internship Opportunity (Pacific Islands Region)
    Audience: Undergraduate students
    Applications Open: December 2022
    Applications Due: February 2023
    Contact: hokuala.internship@noaa.gov
  • December 2022
    Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Young Scientist Opportunity (Pacific Islands Region)
    Audience: Undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors)
    Applications Open: December 2022
    Applications Due: February 2023
    Contact: pifsc.pyso@noaa.gov
  • February 2023
    Hollings Prep
    Audience: Freshman undergraduate students (rising sophomores)
    Applications Open: February 2023
    Applications Due: March 2023
    Contact: hollingsprep.wcr@noaa.gov
  • February 2023
    John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Washington DC)
    Audience: Graduate students
    Applications Open: Fall 2022 (For 2024 fellow)
    Applications Due: February 2023
  • Summer 2023
    Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship (Pacific Region - Heʻeia Reserve)
    Audience: Graduate students
    Applications Open: Summer 2023
    Applications Due: December 2023
    Contact: OCM.Davidsonfellowship@noaa.gov for general questions
    Contact Heʻeia Reserve Staff for specific projects.
  • Summer 2023
    National Coral Reef Management Fellowship (Pacific Region- American Samoa, CNMI, Guam, Hawaiʻi)
    Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students
    Applications Open: Summer 2023
    Contact: coral.fellowship@noaa.gov

  • Summer 2023
    Peter J. Rappa Sustainable Coastal Development Fellowship (Hawaiʻi)
    Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students
    Applications Open: Summer 2023
  • 2023
    E. Gordon Grau Coastal and Marine Resource Management Fellowship Program (Hawaiʻi)
    Audience: Graduate students at institutions of higher education in Hawaiʻi who complete their graduate degrees (Masters, Ph.D., or J.D) between May 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023.
    Applications Due: May 2023
    Contact: waltonm@hawaii.edu
  • Pathways Program
    The Federal Government has taken steps to help students and recent graduates join the Federal service. New opportunities will appear on USAJOBS as agencies post them.