Hands-on Work Experience
Are you a kamaʻāina student who is interested in aerospace research or space exploration? Do you want to land a career in one of these fields some day? We offer paid and credit-based internships to help you open new doors and make connections in the space community.
Accepted students choose between one of two learning tracks and work to complete specific project goals. Students can also propose their own project idea. Our former interns have gone on to land prestigious internships and employment at major tech companies and space agencies.
- Majoring in a STEM-related field
- Originally from Hawaiʻi or attending a University of Hawaiʻi school
- 3.5 GPA or higher
Since 2013, we have employed more than 50 undergraduate students based in Hawaiʻi. Some have gone on to work for NASA, Google, and Taos. Meet some of the outstanding alumni whose experiences at PISCES have helped further their education and career paths.
Kyla is a UH Hilo alumna and Kauaʻi native who worked on a number of PISCES projects over the course of three years. As an intern, she learned how to conduct field surveys, analyze the geological makeup of other planets, and develop techniques for basalt sintering. Her dedication and hard work earned her a full-time position as our resident geology and materials science technician. In 2021, Kyla left Hawaiʻi to pursue a doctorate at the Colorado School of Mines.
Aaron is a Waiākea High School graduate who studied computer science at Arizona State University. During his internship, he successfully created a stereoscopic (3D) imaging system for the Helelani rover. After interning as an undergraduate at Jim Bell’s rover imaging lab at ASU and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he landed a position on one of the Mars rover teams at JPL.
Lily Leyva is a Keaʻau High School graduate who attended our STARS program and was inspired to pursue a career in aerospace engineering. As a materials science intern, she created a new planetary building block design for basalt sintering. She also programmed our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Heʻe Manu, for a County of Hawaiʻi R&D project. Lily is now studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.