Akamai Workforce Initiative

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

ISEE receives presidential award for excellence in STEM mentoring

The Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (ISEE) received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) in June 2018!  ISEE received this award for mentoring achievements in internship programs, most of which took place in the Akamai Internship Program.

The award, established by the White House in 1995, is the highest U.S. award for mentoring and honors people and programs that have demonstrated excellence in mentoring individuals from groups that are underrepresented in STEM education and the workforce.

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.