29 students participate in internship program

The Akamai Workforce Initiative, a local program dedicated to advancing Hawaii college students in science and technology careers, announced that 29 students participated in its 2017 summer internship program.

With lead funding from the Thirty Meter Telescope, the Akamai Internship Program provides community college students and undergraduates with summer projects at observatories and other high-tech companies in Hawaii.

Twelve of the interns had placements in Maui County. They are:

• Nicolas Colon — Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.

• Brianna Craig — National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

• Chantelle Kiessner — Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.

• Christopher Kim — Air Force Research Laboratory.

• Michelle Lau — Akimeka LLC.

• Brandi Liu — Institute for Astronomy.

• Keoki Massad — Institute for Astronomy.

• Kurt Noe — Akimeka LLC.

• Joshua Parep — Institute for Astronomy.

• Michael Spetich — Institute for Astronomy.

• Ariel Todoki — Integrity Applications Inc.

• Matthew Yuen — Pacific Disaster Center.

All 29 students are from Hawaii or enrolled at a University of Hawaii campus.

The students receive credit from University of Hawaii Maui College, and began on June 12 with a preparatory course taught by Akamai instructors.

They completed a seven-week project at various observatories and facilities on Hawaii Island, Maui and in Pasadena, Calif., at the TMT project office.

To learn more about the summer internship program, go to www.akamaihawaii.org.