DVIDS – News – U.S. Pacific Fleet and University of Hawaii NROTC Partner for New Internship Program


PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (August 12, 2022) U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) has completed its first summer paid internship program with midshipmen from the University’s new Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) from Hawaii.

The 2-month pilot program provided eleven midshipmen with the opportunity to join Headquarters Pacific Fleet Command as full staff members for the summer and gain extensive experience in the role of naval services in the Indo-Pacific.

The training also included embarkation on various naval platforms, including night embarks aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), and participating in a United States Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) familiarization program during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022.

Adm. Samuel Paparo, Commander, COMPACFLT, explained the importance of creating the internship program.

“As the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the Navy’s largest and most expansive fleet, is located on Oahu, we appreciated the opportunity to work alongside the University of Hawaii’s NROTC to create the paid internship for aspirants in their first year of establishment,” Paparo said. “These midshipmen receive a world-class education and extensive experience working with the Navy’s oldest fleet headquarters. The internship coincided with RIMPAC to provide midshipmen with real-world onboarding experience and familiarization with navies from 26 nations.

In addition to earning qualifications, completing ship simulators, and getting hands-on training aboard ships, such as the guided-missile destroyer USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), students also completed capstone projects of group on increasing amphibious lethality and contested logistics as they prepare for the upcoming semester.

“My favorite event was getting to use an MV-22 simulator, but my most memorable experience was talking to the chiefs at Essex,” said Kealoha Yamaguchi, a midshipman assigned to the NROTC unit at the University of ‘Hawaii. “Learning about the experiences and knowledge of the leaders, and what they want us, as future officers, to know when entering the fleet. This opportunity has shown me that every aspect of the Navy and Marine Corps contributes to overall mission success.

The internship coordinators expressed their appreciation for the support from commands around Oahu throughout the internship.

“My role is to bring the stakeholders of this program together to maximize the intern experience this summer,” said Katie Greenlee, COMPACFLT Internship Program Coordinator. “The tremendous support from the NROTC unit, COMPACFLT personnel, MARFORPAC, U.S. Third Fleet, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Essex (LHD 2), Training Group at flow of the Middle Pacific and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam created a very meaningful summer for everyone involved. It was exciting to see the students’ perspectives broaden as they went through the program and I look forward to following them as they complete their studies and become officers.

The internship program was open to students in the NROTC unit at the University of Hawaii who had completed 40 credit hours with good academic standing.

The University of Hawaii NROTC Unit was established in August 2020 with the mission to develop midshipmen mentally, morally, and physically and to instill the core values ​​of honor, courage, and commitment to Navy to appoint college graduates as naval officers.

To apply for the University of Hawaii’s NROTC program, visit

For more information on Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit www.cpf.navy.mil and

Date taken: 08.12.2022
Date posted: 08.12.2022 18:28
Story ID: 427200

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