Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

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Application Deadline: February 6, 2018!

The Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) is a university level project-based internship program housed within the Office of Research at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. PIPES is committed to increasing the recruitment and retention of local students, especially those of Native Hawaiian ancestry, into fields of study, and ultimately careers, related to the natural resources of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region.

Program Activities

During the 4-day orientation and 11-week internship, a PIPES Intern is expected to complete the following:

  • Write a project pre-proposal
  • Participate in a 4-day pre-internship orientation
  • Work full-time (40 hours/week) for the 10-week duration of the internship with the designated faculty or agency researcher
  • Attend Friday meetings (for those in Hilo only)
  • Submit regular progress reports to PIPES Office
  • Attend the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference
  • Complete a written final research report
  • Participate in a final intern presentation symposium

Program Eligibility

To qualify for PIPES you must be:

  • an undergraduate student (Note: for REU, you must be a continuing student in the fall after your internship);
  • a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  • be in good academic standing (minimum overall GPA of 2.0); and
  • Interested in pursuing a career related to tropical conservation science, resource management, and/or environmental education and outreach.

Those with any of the following are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • little or no research experience and attend schools with limited research opportunity;
  • Enrolled full-time at a minority-serving institution;
  • First generation college students (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree);
  • Demonstrated interest in working within various communities related to research efforts and impacts;
  • Are knowledgeable and/or familiar with Hawaiian ecosystems;
  • Students of Native Pacific Island or Native Hawaiian ancestry and Hawaiʻi residents; and kamaʻāina students attending four-year colleges or universities who are majoring in natural science, marine science, agriculture, geography, geology. Non-environmental majors are allowed by permission. Students attending two-year colleges who plan to attend a four-year institution following the internship and students who have graduated within six months of the program start date may also apply.


Interns benefit by:

  • Gaining employment and research experience and skills related to natural resource management and tropical conservation science;
  • Making contacts in Hawaiʻi’s conservation field, as well as interacting with many other environmental educators;
  • 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 most cases, earning academic credit for their internship experience and final report.


  • December 4th – Application opens
  • February 9th – Last day to submit all application materials
  • March 9th – Interview invitations sent to semi-finalists
  • March/April – Interviews
  • April 30st – 2018 selections finalized, participants notified
  • May 30th – Start of 2018 program

Where to Submit

Additional application materials must be submitted to the PIPES Office.
All application materials must be received to be considered for the program.
You may mail, fax or email your application materials to:

PIPES Program
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720
Fax: (808) 933-0704

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES)


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