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Kupu Accepting Summer Internship Applications

January 30, 2015, 2:00 PM HST
* Updated January 30, 2:01 PM
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Applications for Kupu’s environmental and sustainability-related internships are being accepted from youth and adults across the state.

Kupu is a non-profit organization that was developed in response to the growing needs of Hawai’i’s communities to train the next generation in natural resource management, renewable energy, energy conservation, and other green job skill sets. The organization is predicated on the Hawaiian concept of ma ka hana ka ‘ike, “in working, one learns.”

Applications are being accepted for the organization’s Summer 2015 Gateway program.

During the Gateway Program, participants can expect a seven-week experience in which they learn in a hands-on environmental-education that will teach valuable teamwork, cultural, and life skills.

Students will get to explore and work in some of Hawai’i’s most beautiful locales, including Kaho’olawe, while earning money to support their future endeavors and higher education.


Kupu is interested in applicants who show passion for Hawai’i’s natural resources and culture and those who enjoy the rugged outdoors.


Both team leader and team member positions are available.

Team leaders, adults age 21 or older, will mentor and lead a field team of 4-6 youth ages 17-20. Individuals filling the team leader position can earn up to a $4,000 living allowance, a $1,195 education award, and the possibility of college credits. A full description of the team leader position can be found at the Kupu website.

Team members, youth ages 17-20, will work as part of a team of environmentally-minded peers. Individuals filling the team member position can earn up to a $500 volunteer award, a $1,195 educational award and the possibility of college credits. A full description of the team member position can be found at the Kupu website.


The application deadline is Feb. 28.

For more information or to apply for a position, visit the Kupu Hawai’i website.

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