Symposiums to conclude Akamai Workforce Initiative

The Akamai Workforce Initiative, a local program dedicated to advancing Hawaii college students into science and technology careers, is wrapping up its 2018 summer internship program with a series of symposiums next week highlighting the interns’ work.

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.

All 38 student interns are from Hawaii or enrolled at a University of Hawaii campus.

Students assigned to internships on Maui were:

• Alec Bayer — Institute for Astronomy.

• Alexandra Kaohi — Akimeka LLC.

• Tyler LaBonte — Air Force Research Laboratory.

• Alexander Meyer — Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.

• Corin Nishimoto — HNu Photonics.

• Maya Ooki — HNu Photonics.

• Ariel Peterson — Akimeka LLC.

• Sae Hyun Song — Integrity Applications Inc.

• Erik Svetin — Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.

The students will receive credit from University of Hawaii at Hilo as part of the program. The internship began on June 17 with a preparatory course taught by Akamai instructors, followed by a seven-week project at various observatories and facilities on Hawaii island, Maui, and at TMT at the University of California Santa Cruz or Pasadena in the TMT project office.

This summer’s program concludes with student intern symposiums on Hawaii island, Maui and in Pasadena, Calif. Hawaii college interns will present their summer projects with a follow-up question-and-answer period.

The Maui Symposium will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at University of Hawaii Maui College, Ka’a’ike 105. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the public, but an online RSVP is requested at