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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 of 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 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 observatory technologies and skills. Upon completions of the internship program, participants will be better prepared to pursue their educational and research career goals.
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 05-15-10. 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, which includes a research experience and an integrated course on communication. All participants create their own oral presentation, are given guidance and coaching, and then give their presentation at the end of the program. Participants must attend all scheduled activities. Participants will also be invited to present their research at conferences in the fall.
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Summary: The Akamai Internship Program offers 2-year and 4-year college students an opportunity to get involved in research and technology at the Mauna Kea observatories (and sometimes Mauna Loa!). The program is aimed at developing a local workforce and offers 8-week summer internships to students attending a Hawaii college or university, or to students from Hawaii studying on the mainland. Each student is matched with a mentor and is integrated as a member of the mentor's group with daily guidance. The interns start with a 5-day short course that prepares interns with problem solving skills, background knowledge, teamwork skills, and other important workplace skills through an immersion in inquiry learning. After the short course, interns spend 7 weeks at an observatory completing a project, while simultaneously completing a technical communication course. The program culminates with a symposium. Akamai interns are offered guidance and additional opportunities after their initial summer experience. This internship program is run by the Akamai Workforce Initiative, which is headquartered at the UH Institute for Astronomy on Maui. Internships on Maui are also available.