Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES)

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The PIPES Experience

interns at Aina U

Pathway Programs are 10-week paid summer internships that focus on longitudinal capacity training through our Moʻo ʻĀina Framework. They provide opportunities for interns, mentors, and community members to focus on best practices toward healthy and abundant ecosystems, ethical research, cultural sensitivity, reciprocity and responsibility in aloha ʻāina. Internships include hands-on work experience (40 hours/week), 1-on-1 mentorship, mentor and intern development workshops, cohort learning spaces, and networking opportunities.

Moʻo ʻĀina Pathway Programs

Naʻau (Ancestral Pathways Program):
The Ancestral Pathways Program provides specific projects to reconnect interns with their ancestral places and/or practices. These interns are highly selected with the intent of perpetuating generational knowledge. Projects may vary from building a cultural practice, analyzing ethnographic information, or entering an apprenticeship in place-based knowledge.

ʻĀina (Ecological Pathways Program):
The Ecological Pathways Program is designed for “boots on the ground and fins in the water” projects where interns are engaged in the preservation, restoration, and management of ecological spaces. This may entail invasive species eradication, native out-planting, or marine/terrestrial surveys and monitoring.

Kaiāulu (Community Pathways Program):
The Community Pathways Program are community driven projects where interns can play a meaningful role in resource management plans, outreach, education, and/or advocacy. Projects will be working with community members in implementing sustainable management plans, evaluating existing outreach models, assisting in data management, or potentially working across organizations through a PIPES Internship Hub.

Kaʻao (Research Pathways Program):
The Research Pathways Program are research-heavy projects that emphasize indigenous data science, bio-cultural research, quantitative/qualitative data collection and analysis. This might entail the intern formulating a research project from scratch, performing appropriate protocols for handling data, or carrying out a portion of an existing project.

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Cohort

The intern will choose their pathway program from above, and PIPES works with community partners to design an immersive learning project ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi that is meaningful to the intern, mentor, and host organization. Please note that seats in this cohort are limited to (1) per Pathway Program, and require proficiency and fluency in the Hawaiian language.