COVID-19 information for the Akamai Internship Program

This page includes information about how Akamai 2021 will adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most current information will be posted here when there are updates. The FAQ page has information for individuals who were accepted into the 2020 Akamai program, which was cancelled, and addresses questions about the application process.

The information below was most recently updated October, 2020

The Akamai Internship Program will run in Summer 2021, using contingency plans for adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contingency plans take into account all aspects of the program, including travel, accommodations, preparatory course, and on-site project work at internship host sites, in relation to federal, state and local restrictions related to COVID-19. We have established three general plans, which we can pivot between, and revise as needed to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each plan can be further modified as we approach various milestones in our planning process, and every variation of the plan will include precautionary measures (to be determined as the situation with COVID-19 evolves), and close work with our internship and housing sites. Possible plans include:

  • Plan A, our best case scenario, will be much like the regular Akamai Program with in-person participation in all aspects of the program, but with COVID-19 precautionary measures in place. 
  • Plan B assumes increased restrictions around COVID-19 policies and includes limited on-site internships for students able to secure local housing on their own (e.g. can stay at home near their internship site). 
  • Plan C will be implemented in the worst case scenario, and will be a fully remote program. 

We will be monitoring the status of COVID-19, and anticipate that we will announce the format of Akamai early in 2021.

Application process for Akamai 2021: The 2021 Akamai application will be in two parts: Part A: the regular application; and Part B, a COVID-19 supplemental questionnaire. Part A of the application will open in October 2020 following the typical schedule for the program. Part B will be available early in 2021, when the format of the program (Plan A, B, or C) has been established. Part B will collect information related to applicants’ ability to adapt to the format of the program and safety precautions required by federal, state and local guidelines in relation to COVID-19.

If you have any questions, please send an email addressed to Akamai Director at akamai@ucsc.edu.

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