Application deadline November 30, 2018!
The East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), in cooperation with the Professional Fellows Division in the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, conducts the Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program. This program will bring two cohorts of tourism industry professionals from the Pacific Islands to Honolulu, Hawai‘i for intensive six-week programs that build significant new capacity and facilitate enduring professional bonds between industry leaders in the United States and the Pacific Islands.
The Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program draws broadly and deeply upon Hawaii’s unique position as an American state with one of the world’s premier tourism industries. It is designed to build capacity across the Pacific region by creating strong and enduring connections between 32 mid-level Professional Fellows from 13 Pacific island countries and no fewer than 13 Hawaii-based Americans in private and public tourism-related organizations.
For more details about the program go here.
April 22 – May 24, 2019 Activities/Placement in Honolulu, Hawai‘i
May 25 – 28, 2019 Activities in Washington, DC
May 29 – 31, 2019 Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC
Be citizens/nationals/permanent residents of one of the eligible countries (dual U.S. citizens are NOT eligible)
Be between the ages of 25-40
Be currently employed in their home country and have a demonstrated history of at least 2 years of employment in the tourism industry
Be willing and able to obtain a J-1 visa and spend 6-weeks in the United States
Be committed to returning to their home country after the program
Have a track record of making an impact in their organziation, company, or community
Be capable of creating an action-orientated plan to address a specific business problem or policy challenge being faced by the tourism industry in their country
Have sufficient spoken and written English language proficiency to effectively function in an American workplace.
Applications will be accepted from the following Pacific Islands countries:
Federated States of Micronesia
Papua New Guinea
Your application must be received by midnight November 30, 2018 (Hawaii Time).
The Professional Fellows Program strongly encourages people living with disabilities to apply for the program.
If you would like more information or are having trouble filling out the online form . contact us by email
Pacific Islands Development Program
Honolulu, HI 96848-1601 USA
Phone: +1.808.944.7778 - Fax: +1.808.944.7670