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Date: Friday, January 8, 2010
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) is currently conducting open recruitment for its 2010 summer program. Undergraduate students of Native Hawaiian ancestry, other kama`aina, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation college students are eligible for paid summer environmental internships statewide.

PIPES encompasses a wide variety of programs including the University of Hawai╩╗i Hawaiian Internship Program (UH-HIP), the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), and the Micronesian and American Samoa Student Internship Program (MASSIP). Each program targets a broad range of students from different majors with a common interest in tropical conservation sciences, natural and cultural resource management, and environmental education and outreach to create a passionate and focused group of student interns.

The summer program begins in June with a four-day intern orientation at UH Hilo. Students will then report to their host agency site to work side-by-side on a mentored project, and later attend the Hawai╩╗i Conservation Conference on O`ahu to hear presentations and network with researchers, land managers, and other Hawai╩╗i-based conservation and environmental professionals. The summer concludes with a student symposium where interns present their research and summer work to their peers, the UH Hilo community, and other host mentors.

PIPES was established in 1996 through partnerships between UH Hilo and federal and state agencies to increase local representation in Hawai╩╗iÔÇÖs conservation workforce. Program efforts are supported by the USGS Biological Resources Division Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (PIERC), USDA Forest Service Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF), US Fish & Wildlife Service, Kamehameha Schools ÔÇô Aina Ulu Program, UH HiloÔÇÖs Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center, Alu Like Inc., the National Science Foundation, and the numerous agencies and researchers that host and support interns each year.

Since its founding, PIPES programs have connected more than 260 undergraduate students to rich and meaningful summer internship experiences throughout Hawai╩╗i and the Pacific. Previous interns have gone on to pursue graduate degrees and become increasingly influential professionals in Hawai╩╗iÔÇÖs conservation and resource management communities.

Online applications are now being accepted via the PIPES website, and are due by Friday, February 12, 2010. For more information, please contact Ulu Ching at or Noelani Puniwai at or call (808) 933-0705.

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