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. 

2016 Interns at Maui summit

Akamai interns working at the Maunakea summit

Akamai has provided 451 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:

Additional helpful information:

2022 Program Dates: June 5 – Aug 5, 2022. 

See the calendar page for more detailed information.

  • November 2021 – application opens
  • February 14, 2022February 28, 2022 – application deadline extended (review and selection underway)
  • Application will remain open until March 15, 2022 – Applications submitted by February 28 deadline are in review and will receive priority over applications received after February 28.
  • March-April 2022 – placement offers sent
  • June 5, 2022 – program begins with arrival at PREP Course at UH Hilo
  • June 27 – July 6, 2022 – Site visits and project intro presentations
  • July 29 – August 5, 2022 – Site specific symposia. See symposia schedule below:
  • Hilo Symposium

    Waimea + Kona Symposium

    Maui   Symposium

    Santa Cruz Symposium

    July 29, 2022

    August 1, 2022

    August 3, 2022

    August 5, 2022

    Time: 8am-1pm Time: 8am-1pm Time: 8am-1pm Time: 8am-1pm
    Location: TBD Location: Keck Observatory Location: UH Maui College, Kahului Location: UC Santa Cruz
  • August 5 2022 – program ends

Link to 2022 program flier. 

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.