Haleakala National Park weeklong internship for middle school students

Haleakala National Park is accepting applications for Kupukupu ‘Aina, an internship program designed for Hawaii students in grades 6-8. There is no fee to participate in the program, which will take place March 17-21.

The weeklong internship is designed to introduce local youth to park programs and generate interest in careers related to natural resources management, visitor outreach and education, and facilities management.

Through a competitive process, 12 students will be selected to participate in activities in which they will gain hands-on experience working alongside professional staff in native plant identification, invasive weed control, facilities maintenance, leading guided hikes and outdoor safety education.

Students must be Hawaii residents and available full time March 17-21. Program hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., not including travel time to and from the park. Housing in the park is not included; however, free transportation to the park will be provided from designated sites. Interns are eligible to receive a living allowance of $25 per day to help offset the cost of the equipment and supplies they will need for the program.

Partners in this program are the Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association and the Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation, a Honolulu-based environmental stewardship foundation.

Application instructions and forms may be obtained by contacting the park’s Internship Coordinator Kuhea Paracuelles at 572-4452 or kuhea_paracuelles@nps.gov. The program’s Facebook page will provide further announcements and details at “Ku No Ka Pono O Haleakala.” The deadline to apply for the Kupukupu ‘Aina Internship Program is Jan. 15.