Shannon Murphy, Possibly in Hanauma Bay

Internship Program

Past Internship Experiences

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

Behind the Scenes: Research at the Smithsonian Hagedorn Lab at HIMB (on YouTube)

Diamond Tachera at U.S. Geological Survey (on YouTube)

Gisele Henry at the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute

About the Internship Program

This internship program is designated for undergraduates in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology who are majoring in Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Earth Science, and Global Environmental Science.

Internships provide students 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. Participation in an internship also provides company sponsors opportunities to see how students perform outside of academia and can provide opportunities for them to employ interns after graduation.

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 two 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 internships and submit necessary requirements. The host employer will make the final selection and placements are not guaranteed.

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

Visit the  Guidelines for Host Agencies.

Forms to download:

“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