Maui Akamai Internship Program
June 7 - August 4, 2009
What is the Maui Akamai Internship
The 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 high-tech research and industry. Each student is matched with a mentor
and is integrated as a member of the mentor's group with daily
This program is a collaboration between the Center for Adaptive
Optics, Institute for Astronomy, Maui Economic Development Board, Maui Community College (MCC), the University of Hawaii and local
Maui industries. It is an intensive eight-week introduction to research methods, technology,
and tools with an emphasis on adaptive optics and other technologies that are relevant to Maui. The program provides
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 technology skills taught at MCC and IfA. 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:
Akimeka, Boeing, HNU Photonics, the Institute for Astronomy, Maui Community College, the Maui High Performance Computing Center, Maui Scientific Research Center, Northrop Grumman, Oceanit, Pacific Disaster Center, Textron, and Trex Enterprises.
Due to the confidential nature of the research done with some of the companies,
interns will be subject to a security clearance including a background check
on immigration status and criminal record. Interns who are placed at these
sites will be asked to fill out specific security questionnaires prior to
the summer of the internship.
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 be invited to present their research at other conferences in the fall.
How can I apply?
The application deadline for summer 2009 is Feb. 14, 2009.
Please contact Lani Lebron, (808) 573-9534, firstname.lastname@example.org, for