From:Lani Uyeno, Manager

Welcome to our Investigative Research team and to our company, Ka Hui Ho'okolokolo.

We are excited that you have joined us as an intern. In the next six weeks, you will learn and apply research techniques,  prepare documents, and create and deliver presentations for our clients. These assignments may take you out of your comfort zone and push you to think in new ways; however, we are certain that the excitement of solving these challenges will more than make up for the difficulties you might encounter.

We expect each of you to make the clients' needs your priority by contributing to your team and producing quality, finished products on time. Ka Hui Ho'okolokolo has worked hard to develop a reputation for excellence, and we are currently the industry leader in investigative reporting.  Within the next five years, we hope to be the industry leader in the Pacific region, and you are an integral part of helping us reach that goal.

About Our Company
Ka Hui Ho'okolokolo investigates topics of interest to our clients, providing reliable, well-documented, and current information on issues related to business, government, education, and community. The company is  committed to personal and professional integrity, honesty, and open communication with our clients and the larger community.

Several interns have become full-time reporters at our company.  Last year, former intern Ben Ho was named as an Alicia Patterson Fellow for 2012, and we are proud of his efforts.  You, too, could find yourself in this role.

Your Role
Our company's reputation is spreading. As a result, within the last year, we have seen a surge in the number of new clients seeking our services. As an intern, you are is primarily responsible for providing research for a new documentary on Homelessness in Hawaii that has been commissioned by Governor Neil Abercrombie.  I  ask that you to build a good relationship with our contact person, Lynn Heirakuji, who is the vice-chair of the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness. Pay attention to customer service skills, communicate often, and most importantly,  provide our client with finished products that are up to our standard of excellence.

Before you begin
It is imperative to stay in close contact with me.  You will want to seek feedback on each task so your team can produce the highest quality product.

Before you begin work, visit the Orientation section to learn how to succeed here. You will be working in teams throughout your affiliation, so take the time to learn how to do it the right way.

  • Explore Working With Deliverables to better understand why and how we define and solve problems and tasks.
  • Work your way through the information in Working in Teams to get your team off to a better start.
  • Plan to check back regularly -- new material is added to the Orientation section as needed.

As your project manager, I  will assign specific Tasks & Assignments for you or your team to complete. Follow the task link on the left to discover the details of the tasks. Be sure to review the Requirements section for each task or subtask before you embark on your solution.

Our R&D assistant has gathered Resources for you to reference as you complete the Tasks assigned. If you have suggestions for additional resources, please post them to the Forums area.

After you have completed each task, review Debrief questions to confirm your learning and understanding of the task.

This is a fast-paced working environment. I hope you will enjoy and be up to the challenge. Welcome aboard! 

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