Akamai Workforce Initiative

Advancing the next generation
of Hawai‘i's science, engineering, & technology professionals

Akamai Symposia

We are proud to announce four symposia, featuring the final technical presentations by the 2018 Akamai interns!

Monday, August 6, 2018 - Maui Symposium
9am-11:30am
University of Hawai‘i Maui College - Ka‘a‘ike 105
Light refreshments provided

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - Hilo Symposium
9am-11:30am
Grand Naniloa Hotel - Ho‘omalimali & Sandalwood Rooms
Lunch and refreshments provided

Friday, August 10, 2018 - Waimea Symposium
9am-11:30am
W. M. Keck Observatory - Jerry Nelson Conference Room
Light refreshments provided

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - Pasadena Symposium
9am-10:30am
TMT Pasadena Project Office - Board Room
Light refreshments provided

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.