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Date: Thursday, January 5, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) is currently conducting open recruitment for its 2012 summer program, which runs May 29th - August 10th. Undergraduate students of Native Hawaiian ancestry, other kama`aina, under-represented minorities, and first-generation college students are encouraged to apply for opportunities in paid summer environmental internships statewide.

PIPES encompasses three unique summer internship programs including the University of Hawaiʻi Hawaiian Internship Program (UHHIP), the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), and the Micronesian & American Samoa Student Internship Program (MASSIP). The three programs combined under PIPES target a broad range of students from different majors, with common interests in conservation sciences, resource management, and environmental education and outreach.

Students will work side-by-side with their host agency mentors on an identified experiential project. PIPES interns will also participate in the annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference (HCC), which will provide an opportunity to network with researchers, land managers, and other Hawaiʻi-based conservation and environmental professionals. The program concludes with a student symposium where interns present their research and summer work to all program participants, staff, and partnering agencies.

Since its founding, PIPES programs have connected over 300 undergraduate students to rich and meaningful summer internship experiences throughout Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Previous participants have gone on to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees and have also become increasingly influential professionals in Hawaiʻi’s conservation and resource management fields.

Online applications are being accepted at the PIPES website,, and are due by Friday, February 10. For more information, contact Ulu Ching at, Noelani Puniwai at or call the PIPES office at (808) 933-0705.

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