Akamai Workforce Initiative

Building Hawai‘i's Scientific and Technical Workforce

Register by may 4

Akamai Hana Hou

A career development workshop and reunion for Akamai alumni

1-5 PM
Friday, June 15, 2018
Grand Naniloa Hotel
Reception to follow at the Hilo Yacht Club
Hilo, HI

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ISEE-Akamai Mentor Workshop

Preparing mentors to design and facilitate productive projects in the STEM worksplace

1-5 PM
Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19, 2018
Grand Naniloa Hotel
Hilo, HI

Akamai Intern Chriselle Galapon

Chriselle grew up on Maui and was an Akamai Intern while studying mechanical engineering at UH Manoa. She now works on Maui as an engineer for DKIST.

Akamai Intern Chriselle Galapon

Chriselle grew up on Maui and was an Akamai Intern while studying mechanical engineering at UH Manoa. She now works on Maui as an engineer for DKIST.

Hawai‘i telescopes are a vital resource for learning about the universe, our own climate, and satellites orbiting Earth. Telescope facilities bring rewarding jobs to Hawai‘i, and communities that host telescopes should benefit from those jobs. However, up to 40% of people hired come from outside Hawai‘i and leave at twice the rate as those hired locally.

Building a local workforce in Hawai‘i is essential, and relies on addressing college degree completion: nationally, and in Hawai‘i, less than 4 of 10 students pursuing science and technology degrees finish them.

Akamai provides valuable training opportunities and addresses degree completion through internships and mentoring. Here is what we have accomplished.

356
356 college students from Hawai‘i have done internships at telescopes and tech companies since 2003.
87
87% of alumni are still in science and engineering.
100+
Over 100 alumni have already obtained science and engineering jobs in Hawai‘i.

Akamai has partnered with telescopes since 2001 and is funded through multiple sources. Akamai’s major funder is the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory.