Haleakala park offers internship program

Haleakala National Park is recruiting high school students for its summer Pohai Maile High School Internship program.

Applicants must be Hawaii residents enrolled in grades 9-12. The deadline to apply is March 14. There is no fee to participate in the program.

Twelve students will be selected through a competitive process that includes a formal application and interview. Interns are eligible to receive a living allowance of $25 per day to help offset the cost of equipment and supplies they will need for the program.

For three weeks, interns will work alongside Haleakala National Park staff in natural resources management, visitor outreach and education, and facilities management. Interns will also engage with federal, state and nonprofit conservation organizations to gain an islandwide conservation perspective and expand their professional network. Students must be available fulltime June 9 to 27.

Program hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., not including travel time to and from the national park. Free transportation to the park will be provided from designated sites. Students from other islands are encouraged to apply but must be able to provide their own housing on Maui.

Additional details and application packets may be obtained by contacting Internship Coordinator Kuhea Asiu at 572-4452 or Kuhea_Paracuelles@nps.gov.

For more information, visit the program’s Facebook page, Ku No Ka Pono O Haleakala.

This is the third year that the Pohai Maile program is being offered. It is one of three internship programs at Haleakala National Park. The others are the weeklong spring Kupukupu ‘Aina Middle School Internship Program and the eight-week summer ‘Imi i ka Lama Internship program for college-aged students.