Akamai Internship Program Outcomes

Serving Diverse Students

Group (all from Hawai‘i) Akamai Interns (n=328) Discussion
Women 37% Most Akamai interns are engineering majors, fields in which women typically make up only 19% of students, both nationally and locally at UH Manoa.
Underrepresented minorities 47% Most Akamai interns are engineering majors, fields in which underrepresented minorities make up ~17.5% of students.
Native Hawai‘ians 24% At the UH Manoa College of Engineering, ~13% of students are Native Hawai‘ian / Pacific Islander, whereas Native Hawai‘ians make up ~23% of Hawai‘i’s overall population.
Community college students 32% It is typical for competitive summer research internship experiences to serve students from 4-year institutions.
Lower-division students 56% Often “REU”-style summer experiences serve students at the ~junior level; however, studies indicate that early college research opportunities lead to persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Retaining and Advancing Students in STEM

Akamai 2003-2012 alumni 3+ years after internship
(n=222, all from Hawai‘i)
Persistence rate of the 182 (82%) located
Now in STEM workforce 70%
Enrolled in undergrad or grad STEM program 17%
Total on STEM pathway 87%
Women 82%
Native Hawai‘ians / Pacific Islanders 84%
All underrepresented minorities 86%
Started Akamai after freshman or sophomore year 90%

See more information on our Resources Page

Including the 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Paper
Successfully Building a Diverse Telescope Workforce: The Design of the Akamai Internship Program in Hawai‘i
Barnes, A., & Ball, T., & Starr, C. R., & Seagroves, S., & Perez, K., & Hunter, L. (2018, June), Successfully Building a Diverse Telescope Workforce: The Design of the Akamai Internship Program in Hawai’i Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31030