AKAMAI INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
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.
2023 Application now open.
Deadline for complete applications: Feb 14, 2023
Akamai interns working at the Maunakea summit
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 Hawaii’s telescopes – 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 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:
- How Akamai interns benefit from the program
- Example projects by major
- Sites where interns are placed
- All past Akamai projects by year
- Link to 2023 program flier
Additional helpful information:
- Program description
- Eligibility and frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Application Tool for drafting narrative responses –
2023 Program Dates: June 11 – 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 11, 2023 – program begins with arrival at UH Hilo for PREP Course
- June 16 – interns arrive at project location to begin on-site work
- 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.