Employment Opportunities with the Hawaii State Senate

32nd Legislature

2024 Session Employment

Recruitment for the 2024 legislative session is currently closed. Please check back for future employment opportunities.

If you are interested in serving your community while building valuable experience, skills, and relationships, please consider applying for a temporary position with the Senate for the 2025 legislative session!

Return to this webpage in October or early November for a full description of available positions and instructions on how to apply.

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Phone: (808) 586-6720
Email: [email protected]

About Senate Employment

Where are the Senate offices located?

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.

How long do temporary session jobs last?

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).

Are any of the positions with the Senate permanent?

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.

Are any of the positions with the Senate part time?

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.

Are Senate employees eligible for health insurance?

Senate employees working 20 hours or more per week are eligible for health insurance through the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF). Other options are available for employees working less than 20 hours per week.

Do you offer retirement benefits?

Permanent employees of the Senate are eligible for membership with the State of Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System (ERS).

I recently submitted my resume for a position with the Senate. When will I receive a response?

Due to the large volume of resumes submitted to the Senate, many applicants will not be contacted for an interview after submitting a resume.

Current Openings

No current openings


Session work can be intense but is very rewarding. You'll quickly bond with your colleagues into an extended family. Learning how the government actually works is a cool experience. Five months will go by quickly but the experiences you'll have and the people you'll meet will always stay with you.

...I learned much more than I ever expected to about our state government as well as how much work goes in behind the scenes to serve the people of Hawaii. It has been incredibly fulfilling to be a part of such a hardworking, enthusiastic team and I hope that the upcoming session hires will feel the same.

“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.”

“I learned so much about the inner workings of Hawaii state government from working as a legislative assistant. It's great to be a part of the process and not just an outside grumbler. You see how hard the legislators work to balance all the different interests. It's hard to make a law and is a huge collaborative effort.”

“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.”