Internship Program

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Akamai Interns visiting Haleakala Observatories

The Akamai Internship Program offers college students an opportunity to gain a summer work experience at an observatory, company or scientific/technical facility in Hawai‘i for a total of an 8-week program. The program has placements for students from community colleges and four-year universities from a wide range of majors. Recent graduates are also eligible (please see FAQs for more information).

Upon acceptance into the program, interns are carefully matched with a project and a mentor who will supervise the intern in a 7-week project, and integrate the intern into the work environment. Prior to completing a project, all interns complete a 1-week resident intensive (and fun!) preparatory course in Hilo, Hawai‘i Island or Kahului, Maui, where they meet the other interns and Akamai’s dedicated staff team who work with interns and mentors throughout the program to ensure a productive experience. Interns get coaching on communications skills, and present their work at the end of the summer at a symposium. Interns are paid a $3200 stipend, and are provided with housing if needed, along with travel from home island to internship site. After completing the program, interns are invited back for occasional workshops, connected to job opportunities, and may apply for a second internship.

Program dates: Mid-June to Mid-August every year
2017 program dates: June 12 – August 11

Application deadline: February 14 prior to summer program
2017 Application deadline: February 14, 2017

Why Akamai is such a great experience:

  • Akamai partners with, and has placements at all the major telescopes in Hawai‘i, including new telescopes now under construction: the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.
  • Akamai prepares mentors to be effective, and helps mentors create projects that are educational and valuable contributions to the host site.
  • Akamai has an accomplished staff team that works with interns and mentors all summer to provide an exceptional internship experience.
  • Akamai does not end with the summer. Our alumni have many opportunities beyond the internship and a network that helps them advance in their careers.
  • Akamai alumni get jobs: more than a hundred alumni are now in jobs in Hawai‘i and beyond.

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