Shannon Murphy, Possibly in Hanauma Bay


Internships bridge academic achievement and professional employment by providing students with the opportunity to build and gain practical experience. While the experience does not guarantee employment after graduation, students will find that their internship experiences will count toward locating employment and establishing a foundation for networking. 

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Student Opportunities and Scholarships

View the current Student Opportunities and Scholarships Google spreadsheet.

SOEST  Internship Programs


Students may choose to receive college credit for certain internships and research initiatives through ATMO/ERTH/OCN 395. The student’s internship must be affiliated with an employer or advisor outside of UH Mānoa and must be unpaid.

395 can count towards 1-3 college credits. One credit is considered the equivalent of 4 hours of work per week (and 64 hours over a 16-week semester).

For example, a student that enrolls in 2 credits of 395 is expected to work 2 credits x 4 hours/week x 16 weeks = 128 hours over the semester.

SOEST will provide information on available internships on a regular basis. Students are required to apply for the internship and submit necessary requirements. The host employer will make the final selection and placements are not guaranteed.

For more information, contact Heather Saito at 808-956-8763 or

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For students completing internships and research affiliated with an employer or advisor at UH Mānoa and if the project corresponds with the student’s research thesis, they may receive college credit through ATMO/ERTH/OCN 499. The Earth Science: Basic Sciences and Research (BS) and the Global Environmental Science (BS) programs both have required research dissertations as the last step to awarding the student’s degree.

For more information, contact your department advisor.

Past Internship Experiences

Click here to read more about our students’ research and internship experiences.

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Dennis Trotter
Major: Atmospheric Science, Bachelor’s and Master’s (BAM) program
  • From Guam and Moili‘ili, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i
  • Currently analyzing the isotropic composition of rainfall around O‘ahu with Dr. Giuseppe Torri through UROP Funding
  • Interns with the National Weather Service

Mackaby Pennington on their internship for the Board of Water Supply’s Stormwater Quality Division. Download the PDF presentation.

Maggie Chen’s presentation on working for UH Mānoa’s Water Resources Research Center.
Download the PDF presentation.

Why participate in an internship?Mariko Quinn shares her experience at the Hagedorn Lab at HIMB (YouTube)

Gisele Henry on her second internship at the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute (YouTube)

Environmental Earth Sciences student Emma DeBenedictis on her experience as an intern with STEMworks (YouTube)

“I’m majoring in Atmospheric Sciences because I was always interested in the weather since I was a young kid.  I enjoy surfing, diving and fishing so knowing this is very important.”

— SOEST undergraduate