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Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology NOAA Fellowship Program
The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology NOAA Fellowship Program seeks to place graduate and undergraduate student fellows from Hawai‘i into NOAA Pacific Region agency offices for one-year paid internships to acquire “real world” job experiences and skills. Underrepresented minorities and students from underserved communities are encouraged to apply.
This collaborative effort between Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary Program – Pacific Region (NMSP-PR) seeks to address a continuing issue for NOAA offices in Hawai‘i and rest of the Pacific Region, namely a deficiency of local representation within the science, resource management and conservation professions in the Pacific Region. Our hope is that this opportunity will help local students to define their career goals, better access ocean sciences, management, and conservation career paths, and effectively compete for these types of positions.
Fellows are assigned a mentor within their regional office that meets them on a monthly basis to help guide the student’s progress, provide feedback, and offer career advice. At the beginning of the program, students develop, a set of professional development goals that they hope to accomplish during their Fellowship. These goals provide the basis for assessing student progress and provide feedback on their accomplishments.
Fellows work 20 hours/week for 2 semesters within a NOAA Pacific Region office, followed by a full-time one or two-month internship in the federal office of the respective NOAA agency. This summer component is designed to broaden the experience for local students, as well as better contextualize their regional efforts at the national level.
Eight fellows and five NOAA agencies have participated in the program over the past two years. At least half of the HIMB-NOAA interns have been offered positions to continue working in the host NOAA office after the fellowship is completed.
Comments from Fellows:
“This was a really really great experience. I learned so much and got to work with really incredible and inspiring people. I wish I could state it more eloquently but thank you so much for this fantastic opportunity, it has made all the difference!”
“Just appreciation for the opportunity that this fellowship has offered me. Its structure really fosters growth and capacity-building.”
Comments from Mentors:
“I feel strongly that the HIMB-NOAA internship is unique because it provides an opportunity for our local talent to gain experiences in a NOAA office here in Hawaii. This is a very important program that I hope can be continued because NOAA has such a large presence in the islands and it we need to build our local capacity for students here in Hawaii to complete for jobs at NOAA.”
“We gained a valuable asset to our coral reef working group effort. [Fellow] gained enough experience to obtain a full time position with our office, thus we gained a valuable employee.”
**NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO LACK OF FUNDING