Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES)

About Us

Our Programs

PIPES is a suite of 10-week summer internship programs which are run concurrently as one cohort:

All three programs focus on providing hands-on professional experience for undergraduates in the fields of conservation research, natural resource management and environmental education. These fields range broadly from applied research to community engagement. All internships are paid experiences.

Our Vision

PIPES offers programs that are designed to connect under-represented undergraduate students, especially those who are Native Hawaiian or kamaʻāina, to internship opportunities with agencies and organizations responsible for research, management, and education relating to environmental issues in Hawaiʻi and throughout the Pacific region. Our vision is to help create a diverse and representative workforce that embodies and integrates mālama ʻāina innovations into ways of knowing, relationships, actions, and professions.

What the program looks like

PIPES is a 10-week internship program focusing on fields of conservation research, natural resource management and environmental education. Interns work with mentors across various entities including those from the university, Federal, State, and Counties agencies, as well as non-profit organizations.

During the 10-week internship program, interns are expected to:

  • Participate in a 4-day orientation
  • Work full-time (40 hours/week) throughout the duration of the internship with the designated host organization
  • Attend Friday Huakaʻi (field trips) throughout Hawaiʻi Island
  • Submit regular progress reports to PIPES Office
  • Attend the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference (host organization and/or PIPES program to cover all costs)
  • Complete a final paper
  • Participate in the end of summer symposium

Interns benefit by

  • Gaining employment, research experience & skills related to natural resource management and/or tropical conservation science;
  • Making contacts in Hawaiʻi's conservation field as well as interacting with many other environmental sectors;
  • Working with a host mentor on a specific project related to tropical conservation science, environmental education, and/or resource management;
  • Understanding how their internship experience and studies relate to local needs and identifying potential careers;
  • Developing strong and long-lasting networks of professional contacts for future career searches, through university mentors, agency partners and fellow cohort members;
  • In some cases, earning academic credit for their internship experience and final report