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 is led by the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators at University of California Observatories, in partnership with University of Hawaii.

2024 application

and program dates coming soon. 

Exploring whether you should apply to the Akamai Program:

1) Check to make sure you are eligible HERE

2) Explore past intern projects to see if there are some that match with your interests HERE

3) Explore internship placement sites to see if there are locations and organizations of interest to you HERE

4) Consider whether you can make a full-time commitment for the 8-week program (taking classes or working at other jobs is not allowed)

Akamai has provided over 500 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 $4000
  • 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 Hawai‘is telescopesAkamai has placements at all the major telescopes in Hawaii.
  • Outstanding mentors and staff – An accomplished team of staff and trained mentors support intern success. The program has received a presidential award for mentoring excellence.
  • 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 20 years and has 481 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:

Additional helpful information:

    2023 Program Dates: June 12 – Aug 12, 2023

    See the calendar page for more detailed information.

    • November 2022 – application opens
    • February 14, 2023 – application closed (review and selection underway)
    • March-April 2023 – placement offers sent
    • June 12, 2023 – program begins 
    • August 12, 2023 – program ends

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

    Question about the Akamai Program? Submit your question here.

    Prior year program information.