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. 

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

2024 Program Dates: June 3 – Aug 9, 2024

February 5, 2024 deadline for complete applications 

See the calendar page for more detailed information.

The Akamai Internship Program 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:

  • A stipend of $4400
  • Housing, if needed
  • Travel from home island to internship site paid by program
  • Assistance with ground transportation at the internship site
  • 1-week preparatory course + 7-week project

Unique aspects of the program:

  • Placements with Hawai‘i telescopes and other STEM industries within the islands – Akamai 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 a long history – Akamai has been running since 2003 has more than 500 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:

    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.