In addition to scholarships, the KCC STEM Program works hard to find any and all internships that may be appropriate for STEM students. Internships provide a great opportunity for students because not only are you able to gain valuable hands-on experience, but many internships also offer college credits or monetary compensation for your work. Lastly, internships are a great way to begin networking and creating connections with business professionals in your field of interest. Please click on the links below to view the various internship opportunities.

A great place to start your search for internships is the Institute for Broadening Participation’s (IBP) website, a database of over 800 STEM-related research opportunities as well as NASA’s “One Stop Shop” site for internships.

Current Internship Opportunities:

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OCEANIT Summer Internship




UCLA Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program



Hawaiian Electric Company







Rochester Institute of Technology Internship Network

October 2017


Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program

Application Deadline: October 31st, 2017







The Community College Internships (CCI)

Application Deadline : October 5th, 2017


The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program

Application Deadline : October 5th, 2017



August 2017

Kū Hou Kuapā Internship

Application Deadline : August 18th, 2017




Purple Maiʻa Internship

Application Deadline : August 8th, 2017

June 2017


White House Internship

Application Deadline : June 16th, 2017


ʻIke Wai Undergraduate Scholars

Application Deadline: June 15th, 2017

May 2017


Paepae o He`eia

Application Deadline: (Post-marked by) May 8th, 2017


April 2017


National Tropical Botanical Garden
Horticultural Internship Program

Application Deadline: April 21st, 2017

March 2017

Nā Hua Hoʻohuli i Ka Pono 

Application Deadline: March 31st, 2017



PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity
Application Deadline: March 17th



February 2017



Application Deadline: February 27th



Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Application Deadline: February 17th



Akamai Workforce Initiative

Application Deadline: February 14th



Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science(PIPES)

Application Deadline: February 14th



Significant Opportunities for Atmospheric Science (SOARS)

Application Deadline: February 14th


UH Mānoa Biodiversity REU

Application Deadline: February 1st




Application Deadline: February 1st



Stanford University

Application Deadline: February 1st


November 2016

Native American Political Leadership Program

Application Deadline: November 15th


Hawaiian Electric Summer Internship

Application Deadline: November 1st



Other Internship Opportunities:

    • The Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) is a university level project-based internship program housed within the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. PIPES is committed to increasing the recruitment and retention of local students, especially those of Native Hawaiian ancestry, into fields of study, and ultimately careers, related to the natural resources of Hawai’i and the Pacific region.
  • Akamai Summer Internship Program
    • 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 guidance.
    • Akamai Internship Program Flyer
  • Oceanit Student Intern (OSI) Program
    • Summer program for students in science, engineering, and information technology fields.
    • Review of resumes is conducted from January – March.
    • Internships are usually about 8 weeks long from June until August, but can be flexible.
  • Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) Internship Program-At-Sea Opportunities
    • Helps prepare students to be competitive and prepared for employment upon graduation. Interns work as marine technicians aboard sea-going research vessels that are part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System, the United States Coast Guard, and the Institute for Exploration
    • Check out the website to learn more about this and other marine technology internships offered by MATE.
  • RISE Internship
    • Are you interested in researching recycling efforts and impacts on Hawaii? Are you looking for part-time employment that will enhance your resume and engage you in Hawaii’s growing “green” jobs sector? Are you a current college student or recent college graduate residing on Oahu?
    • If you answered yes to these questions, we hope you’ll apply for the Recycling and Climate Change Internship Position through the Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment (RISE) Program! The selected individual will work at the Department of Health (DOH) Office of Solid Waste Management (OSWM) to investigate how OSWM programs can may save energy and reduce Hawaii’s carbon footprint. All details are included in the attached position description. Please visit the RISE portion of the Kupu website  to find out more about this exciting opportunity and apply online.
    • Please feel free to contact Marguerite Harden with any questions regarding the position or RISE Program:
      • Please feel free to contact Marguerite Harden with any questions regarding the position or RISE Program:
      • Marguerite Harden
      • Director of RISE
      • Phone: 808-697-5638
      • Email:
  • Hawaii Sustainability Paid Internships – The UH Student Sustainability Internship Program (SSIP) provides opportunities for students to gain empowering experiences, supportive connections and access to careers in sustainability related fields through paid internships in Hawaii’s economy including businesses, non-profits, and community organizations. All internship opportunities are paid and are open to all University of Hawaii students throughout the ten-campus syste
  • IBP Website – IBP, the Institute for Broadening Participation, allows students to search for STEM research opportunities online through their website.
  • NASA – For NASA supported internships, fellowships, and scholarships.

Past Internships

  • STEM Fellowship with Bishop Museum
    • Application deadline: August 30th, 2013
    • $2,500 tuition stipend
    • STEM Fellows will be trained to assist in the cataloguing of the Herbarium Pacificum’s Micronesian, Polynesian, and Fijian vascular plant collections. Please click on the link above to view the full fellowship description.
  • February 28, 2013: PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity
    • The PIFSC Young Scientist Opportunity (PYSO) is a collaborative program between PIFSC and the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This program offers qualified participants professional scientific research experience and formal training opportunities tailored to meet their educational and professional goals and interests. For more information, please click on the link above.
  • February 28, 2013: Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps
    • View the flyer
    • The Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps Gateway Program is an awesome opportunity for young adults to get involved in hands-on conservation service-learning projects. During the seven week program, participants will be given the chance of a lifetime to work in some of the most amazing and beautiful ecosystems that Hawaii has to offer. While assisting professional experts in protecting the nevironment, members will learn about natural resource management through hands-on field experiences.
  • February 28, 2013: Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics (PURE Math)
      • Participants will hear presentations from mathematical researchers, and learn professional development skills not typically presented in the undergraduate curriculum.
      • An 8-week resident program or 5-week intern program starting June 15
      • Stipend from $2500 – $400
  • Feb 24, 2012: AmeriCorps Summer Program
    • Maui Economic Opportunity AmeriCorps Environmental Program
    • Positions available on Maui, Moloka’i and Lana’i from June-August
    • Bi-weekly living allowance and educational award from $1,133-$1,416.
  • Feb 24, 2012: Sea Life Park Summer Internship
    • Marine Mammal Care & Training, Reef & Sea Turtle Care & Training, Seabird Care & Regabilitation, Veterinary Technician, and Educator Experiences.
    • No previous experience required, can receive course credit, un-paid
  • Feb 27, 2012: Univ of Oregon, Life Sciences Summer Program for Undergrad Research(applications accepted until positions are filled)
    • Program starting dates are flexible, 10-weeks long
  • Feb 28, 2012: Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (KUPU & AmeriCorps)
    • Teams on Kaua’i, Moloka’i, O’ahu, Maui, Lana’i, and Big Island from June 11 – July 20.
    • Can earn UH college credits and an education award of $1,132 (team leaders, $3,500)
    • Those over 21 years of age can apply to be Team Leaders
  • Feb 29, 2012: Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience (NAPIRE)
    • Undergraduate research experience in ecological research in Costa Rica
    • Program dates: Jun 4 – Jul 30, 2012.
    • $4000 stipend, round-trip air travel, transportation, food and housing covered.
  • Feb 29, 2012: Coral Reef Conservation Summer Internship, 7th Annual Gov. Tauese P.F. Sunia Memorial (U.S. Coral Reef Task Force)
    • Natural resource management and coral reef ecosystems work in a Natural Resources Conservation Service field office serving the watershed conservation needs of local land users.
    • Location: Kahului, Island of Maui at the USDA-NRCS Pacific Islands Area Office
    • Student employment, starting at $12.19/hr; housing stipend may be available
  • Mar 1, 2012: NASA Summer Internships
    • Go to NASA’s One-Stop Shop page to apply to internships in any of their labs. You fill out only one application to be eligible for many of their different internship opportunities.
  • Mar 1, 2012: Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM) Summer Course for Undergrads
    • No experience required, Located at Univ of Southern California, Jul 9 – Aug 3,
    • Course expenses, room and board are paid for by C-DEBI, possible travel scholarship for Hawaii-based students
  • Mar 1, 2012: Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, Summer Research Experience for Undergrads
    • Six-week research experience program in interdisciplinary mathematics at the University of Minnesota.
    • Program dates: June 18 – July 27, 2012. $3000 stipend.
  • Mar 2, 2012: Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS)
    • Explores how to apply quantitative methods to investigate important health issues
    • Choose from 8 host campuses at prestigious national universities, see website
    • No fees or tuition costs, housing covered. Opportunity to earn college credit.
  • Mar 9, 2012: Ocean Exploration Trust Science Internships
    • For undergraduates studying oceanography and marine science.
    • You can join a research team aboard the Nautilus,  an Exploration Vessel equipped with state-of-the-art telepresence technology and deep submergence vehicles.
    • In the summer of 2012 expeditions will take place in the Black Sea and eastern Mediterranean Sea.
  • Mar 10, 2012: Research Experience for Undegraduates in the Structure and Function of Proteins
    • Location: University of Michigan, College of Pharmacy
    • Program dates: Jun 3 – Aug 10; Stipend: $4500; On-campus housing
    • Rising junior or senios in biochemistry, biology, biophysics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, or related discipline should apply.
  • Mar 15, 2012: Univ. of Montana Native American Research Laboratory, International Programs
    • Internship sites locates in Borneo, India, Mexico, and Thailand in numerous fields from agriculture, chemistry, biofuels, ethnobotany, and more. Check out their website to learn more!
  • Mar 31, 2012: Koke’e Resource Conservation Program Summer Internship
    • Invasive species control in Koke’e, Island of Kaua’i
    • Program starts Jun 4. Internships from 8 to 12 weeks.
    • Housing provided, living allowance of $125 per week, can receive $1000 educational grant from Kupu Hawaii.
  • Apr 1, 2012: Conservation & Land Management
      • Internship Program Internships in one of 12 western states in wildlife-related fields that may include monitoring threatened/endangered species & habitats.
      • Interns earn $13.53/hr. Internships last about 5 month
    • December 5, 2012: Fall 2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study
    • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 5, 2012, at 11:59:59 PM ET.
    • Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 40 new fellowships in the summer of 2013.  Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship.
  • January 10, 2013: U.S. Department of Energy, Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program
    • The Dept. of Energy Office of Science funds the SULI program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. SULI Provides 10- to 16-week summer and semester research internships to undergraduate students in the aeas of science, mathematics, engineering, technology, and science policy. Each student is assigned to a Laboratory staff scientist in a specific area of research related to the student’s intersts and academic major.
    • Summer program dates: June to August
    • Salary: $425/week; Housing perdiem for those who live more than 50 miles away.
  • January 10, 2013: U.S. Department of Energy, Community College Internships
    • View flyer
    • Seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing techinical training experiences at the DOE laboratories.
    • Host laboratories provide enrichment activities, including career professional development workshops, lab tours, scientific or technical lecutres and seminars.
    • 10 weeks during Summer 2013, $500 stipend per week, reimbursement for domestic travel, housing provided
    • Summer Bridge students are especially encouraged to apply as KapCC STEM may be able to offer you additional support. When filling out your application, please be sure to include the “NSF Program Information” viewable on this sample application.
  • January 18, 2013 : Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
    • The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, is a 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to minority and female students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors).
    • Candidates who are selected will have the opportunity to work on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy.
  • January 31, 2013: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program (w/ internship)
    • The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internshi position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year.


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