Keck Observatory staff also donates their talents to benefit Hawaii Island projects, including high school science fair competitions, the regional R.O.V. Underwater Competition, BotBall, Hawaii Electric Car Competition, and Girls in Engineering, Math and Science, or GEMS. Keck Observatory’s workforce development program also engages students through employment, internships and mentorships to cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers.
- High School Student Employment Program: Keck Observatory hires high school student assistants who are interested in gaining real-life work experience. The students work directly with Keck Observatory staff who not only serve as their managers, but their mentors as well.
- Akamai Workforce Initiative: In an effort to advance Hawaii college students into STEM jobs, Keck Observatory offers summer college internships through the Akamai Workforce Initiative. Keck Observatory has been participating in this eight-week program since 2003, and has offered the most internships with 42 placements to date (2003-2017).
- Maunakea Scholars: Keck Observatory participates in Maunakea Scholars, an innovative program designed to bring Hawaii’s aspiring young astronomers into the observatory community by competitively allocating observing time on world-class telescopes to local high school students.