Hawaii Island Akamai Observatory Internship Program
June 14 - August 7, 2009
What is the Hawaii Island Akamai Observatory
The Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO) Akamai Internship Program offers community
college students and undergraduates that are attending college in Hawaii or that are from Hawaii but studying on the Mainland an opportunity to get involved in research and technology at the Mauna Kea observatories (and sometimes Mauna Loa!).
Each student is matched with a mentor and is integrated as a member
the mentor's group with daily guidance.
This program is a collaboration between the Center for Adaptive
Optics and Mauna Kea observatories. It is an intensive eight-week introduction
to research methods, technology, and tools with an emphasis on adaptive optics science and other observatory technologies. The
opportunities at various sites over the summer, with additional activities
that will provide support and opportunities during the academic year. The interns
start with a 5-day short-course in general observatory technologies and skills. Upon completions of the internship program, participants
will be better prepared to pursue their educational and research career goals.
Where is it?
Past internship opportunities have been available at:
*2008 Intern Profiles and Projects*
Will I get paid?
YES! The program will pay interns $3200 for an 8 week full time commitment. Transportation
and other support services may be available.
Who is eligible?
This program is designed for all community college and university undergraduates in Hawaii –- and kama`aina studying on the mainland – who are interested in pursuing
a career in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields and have
had to overcome barriers to achieve their educational and/or career goals. All
students must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, and be at least 18 years
old on 05-15-09. The CfAO is committed to increasing diversity in the sciences.
Underrepresented groups (African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, Pacific
Islanders, women and persons with disabilities) are strongly encouraged to apply.
What is the program expectation?
Participants are required to complete the entire eight-week 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. Participants will also be invited to present their research
at conferences in the fall.
How can I apply?
The application deadline for summer 2009 is Feb. 14, 2009.
If you have any questions about the application or the internship
program please contact:
Akamai application coordinator:
Hawaii Island Internship Coordinator: