The Thirty Meter Telescope’s Workforce Pipeline Program has committed to donating $320,000 to the Akamai Summer Internship Program, making it the biggest donor to the internship.
The internship focuses on helping STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — college students from Hawaii build their skills for the growing technology industry.
Eighty percent of the program’s alumni are still in the STEM industry after five years, according to a news release. About 24 percent are Native Hawaiian, about 37 percent are women and about 47 percent are minorities, the release said.
Along with the donation, TMT provides mentors for each intern during the eight-week program. Students selected for the internship get to work on a project at a science company or facility on Maui, Hawaii island or in California.
Interns are provided with a $3,200 stipend, housing and travel from their home to the internship site.
The Akamai program, launched in 2002, is part of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Almost 400 students have gone through the program.
Applications for this summer’s internship are due Feb. 14. Visit akamaihawaii.org for an application and more information.