A reference is requested by the Akamai Internship Program to evaluate the above applicant for an internship position for the summer of 2016. This report will be sent directly to the program and will not be seen by the applicant (reference reports received via the applicant will not be accepted). It must be RECEIVED BY February 14, 2016.

Information about program and applicant eligibility

Please see the the information sheet below or the Akamai website for more information about the internship program. Note that the program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields, and who have had to overcome barriers to achieve their educational and/or career goals. Underrepresented groups (African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, women and persons with disabilities) are strongly encouraged to apply.


Reference Writer Information Sheet

What is the Akamai Workforce Initiative?

The Akamai Workforce Initiative is a partnership among the Center for Adaptive Optics, the University of Hawai‘i, Maui Community College, the Institute for Astronomy, and a broad consortium of partners in the high-tech industry and observatory communities.

What is the summer internship program?

The Akamai internship program (with placements on Maui, the Big Island, and the Mainland U.S.) is an opportunity for Hawai‘i's community college and undergraduate students to get involved with the high-tech industries and observatories on Maui and the Big Island Island. The target audience is students who are from Hawai‘i (but may be studying anywhere) and students who are studying in the state of Hawai‘i.

What are the program expectations?

Participants are required to complete the entire eight-week summer program and require full-time student commitment. At the end of the program each participant is required to give an oral presentation. Participants must attend all scheduled activities. Upon completion of the internship program students are expected to continue their involvement with Akamai through interaction with affiliated scientists, postdocs, and/or graduate students.

An ideal candidate for the summer internship programs is a student who:

  • Has strong potential and interest in science/engineering/math.
  • Has overcome educational barriers to become a successful science/engineering student.
  • Is self-directed and motivated enough to succeed in a research environment.
  • Is likely to be significantly impacted by this experience, setting higher academic and career goals.
  • Has had limited exposure to a research/technical environment, but would likely thrive if given the opportunity.