One of the short-term objectives of the Hawaii Millennium Workforce Development Initiative was to identify present technology workforce needs and to recommend education and training programs, in order to support the development of technological industries within five focus areas in Hawaii. As part of its effort, the working group (led by representatives of the private-sector) for the Environmental Science and Technology focus area identified the need for student internships in the private sector. Internships would provide valuable work experience for the student and a first-hand opportunity for the company to evaluate the student, and the student's work habits and capabilities. Although most agree that internships can be beneficial for both student and employer, there are several barriers to using interns in environmental fieldwork. The cost of the 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training course or similar courses, needed for anyone who might be exposed to or work with hazardous materials or waste, was identified as a major deterrent to hiring interns who could actively participate in environmental remediation activities, particularly in light of the temporary nature of most internships. The Millennium Workforce Development Initiative Environmental Internship Program was developed to address this barrier in order to encourage both students and the environmental industry to participate in internships. This program is administered by the University of Hawai'i through agreement with the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research, with funding from the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. This program is intended to support the cost of the interns salary and training for selected student interns working within the environmental technologies and services industry.
Any company interested in employing a student intern toperform duties related to the environmental industry.
Student-intern duties must be related to the environmental technologies and services industry
Supervisor and student-intern must complete brief written evaluations of the internship upon its completion.
Reimbursement for training cannot exceed $700 per student trained.
How to Apply
Interested parties should complete a short application form.
You may download Application form
or obtain a form via mail or e-mail from:
Dr. Traci Sylva
Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
3050 Maile Way, Gilmore 115
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822