AKAMAI internship program 2021

The Akamai Internship Program offers college students from Hawai‘i an opportunity to gain a summer work experience at an observatory, company or scientific/technical facility in Hawai‘i in an 8-week program. The program has placements for students from community colleges and four-year universities from a wide range of STEM majors. 

Akamai has provided 428 students internships in Hawaii since 2003. The program has helped more than 250 get STEM jobs–many in Hawaii–earning Akamai the highest U.S. award for STEM mentoring. Years of experience and large network of STEM employers who host interns make Akamai a valuable and rewarding internship experience. The 8-week program includes:

  • Stipend of $3300
  • Housing provided if needed
  • Travel from home island to internship site paid by program
  • 1-week preparatory course + 7-week project

Unique aspects of the program:

  • Placements with Hawaii’s telescopes – Akamai has placements at all the major telescopes in Hawaii.
  • Outstanding mentors and staff – Mentors are trained through a workshop and accomplished Akamai team support intern success.
  • Authentic work experience – Interns work on projects of value to the partner organization and gain real-world job skills in the process.
  • Nationally recognized program with long history – Akamai has been running for 19 years and has 428 alumni, to date.
  • Akamai is a community, and doesn’t stop at the end of the summer – Alumni have opportunities beyond the internship, including connections to employers and career related workshops.
  • Akamai alumni get jobs – More than 250 alumni are now in jobs in Hawaii and beyond.

Learn more about what interns do and where they are placed:

For additional details see:

Program description

Eligibility and frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How Akamai interns benefit from the program

2021 Program Dates: June 13 – Aug 6, 2021. 

See the calendar page for more detailed information.

  • November 18 2020 – application opens
  • March 3 2021- application closed (review and selection underway)
  • As soon as possible – placement offers sent
  • June 13 2021 – program begins
  • August 6 2021 – program ends

2021 Program Flier 

Let us know if you’d like to meet via zoom. We are very happy to answer questions about the Akamai program or the application, or just get a chance to meet you!  (Note: you may need to download the Zoom application).

Simply send us an email (akamai@ucsc.edu) to set up a time. 


Akamai is led by ISEE, located at the University of California Santa Cruz.

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