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

How to apply for an Akamai internship 

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

See the calendar page for more detailed information.

  • November 18 2020 – application opens
  • February 17 2021 – application deadline
  • Mid-March 2021 – placement offers sent
  • Mid-June 2021 – program begins
  • Mid-August 2021 – program ends

2021 Program Flier 

Akamai drop-in office hours

Anyone interested in the program is welcome to join any of our drop-in office hours held by Zoom. No appointment necessary. 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).

Dec 3 Thursday, 12pm-1pm HST: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82542036475 

Dec 14, Monday, 10am-11am HST: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82868678972

Jan 14, Thursday, 12pm-1pm HST:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89560255954

Jan 25, Monday, 10am-11am HST:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82769646728

Feb 8, Monday, 10am-11am HST:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88565577545

Feb 11, Thursday, 12pm-1pm HST:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84929007838

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

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