AKAMAI INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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

application now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2024 cohort.

2024 Program Dates: June 3 – Aug 10, 2024

The summer program includes:

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$4400 stipend

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Housing, if needed

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Travel from home island paid by program

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Assistance with ground transportation at the internship site

Unique aspects of the program:

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Placements with Hawai‘i observatories and other STEM industries within the islands – Akamai has placements at all the major telescopes in Hawaii.

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Outstanding mentors and staff – An accomplished team of staff and trained mentors support intern success earning a presidential award for mentoring excellence.

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Authentic work experience – Interns work on projects of value to the partner organization and gain real-world job skills in the process.

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Nationally recognized program with a long history – Akamai has been running since 2003 has more than 500 alumni, to date.

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Akamai is a community, and doesn’t stop at the end of the summer – Alumni have opportunities beyond the internship, including connections to employers.

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Akamai alumni get jobs – More than 250 alumni are now in jobs in Hawaii and beyond.

Interns at their Project Sites

Get your questions answered:

  • Send us an email: akamai@ucsc.edu
  • Submit a question HERE, and someone on our team will respond
  • Set up a zoom meeting HERE

The internship program is led by the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators at University of California Observatories, in partnership with University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

People involved in the Akamai Internship

Program Funders