Tapping into Local Science and Technology Talent – The Akamai Internship Program

Tapping into Local Science and Technology Talent – The Akamai Internship Program

Maunakea Speaker Series presentation by Lisa Hunter, Director of Akamai Workforce Initiative

The June Maunakea Speaker Series will be held on Wednesday, June 19 starting at 7 pm at the UH Hilo Science and Technology Building room #108. Join us as Lisa shares how telescopes and other technology-oriented employers are actively involved in training local students for local jobs in science and technology.

Building a local workforce in Hawai’i’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields is essential. Hunter will describe Akamai, an initiative that has worked with Maunakea and Haleakala telescopes for almost 20 years to provide internships for Hawaii college students. Students gain an experience that has landed more than 100 of them with jobs with telescopes and tech companies in Hawaii.

Lisa Hunter
Lisa Hunter is the Director of the Akamai Workforce Initiative (known to most as “Akamai”) which prepares local college students for jobs at Hawaii telescopes and tech industry. Each year, since 2003, she leads a team of scientist and engineer educators and about 50 volunteers who create an internship experience in which local college students do real projects at telescopes and tech companies. Almost 90% stay in science and engineering, and more than 150 are now in jobs. Akamai is now nationally recognized and recently won the highest US award for STEM mentoring.

The Maunakea Speaker Series is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4:00 pm.

About the Maunakea Speaker Series
The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai’i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

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