Internship at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Opportunity for UH-Hilo Geology & CS Majors

The application process is open to all University of Hawaii at Hilo students with a declared major in either Geology or Computer Sciences. Preference will be given to Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian students.

Selection of students for an internship is based on several criteria: their past performance in UHH classes; their initiative in participating in research and training opportunities; their ability to work independently; their demonstrated capabilities in fields relevant to the volcano monitoring program at HVO and elsewhere; their level of maturity and reliability in their interactions with the department and other students; and their ability to interact successfully with peers and supervisors.

photo of total field stationTotal Field Station.

Students interested in the internship must provide: a letter of application that describes the career goals of the student, how the internship would contribute to the student's career objectives, specific capabilities of the student and their ideal internship assignment (e.g. seismic interpretation, GIS mapping, geodesy, etc.); a transcript of prior course work in earth sciences; and the names of at least two references that can be contacted by the review committee. Applications should be submitted to the CSAV office at UH-Hilo.


Q: If I am not a UH Hilo student in Geology or Computer Sciences, may I apply?

A: No. However, you might consider applying to be a volunteer at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory; visit their website for information.


Past Internships

Daisy Wheeler spent the summer of 2003 mapping explosive debris fans on the summit of Mauna Loa and surveying Hualalai.

In 2004, Sean O’Neill led a precise survey of Mokuaweoweo. For this mapping project, the elevations across nearly the entire caldera were determined using a Total Field Station. In the event of a future summit eruption, this detailed information will be invaluable in calculating the volume of new flows within the caldera.

In 2005, Steve Clegg was appointed to assist the gas geochemistry group in conducting measurements of sulfur dioxide emissions using the miniaturized correlation spectrometer. Among the projects undertaken was a small-scale mapping project that identified the location and provided relative emission rates of diffuse discharge of sulfur dioxide around Kilauea’s summit crater.   Following this internship, Clegg traveled to Vanuatu and Peru to assist in geochemical monitoring, using a FlySpec instrument, during summer 2006.

photo of DaisyDaisy Wheeler adjusts a tribrach.

photo of Sean and TFSHVO intern Sean O'Neill leads a survey.


photo of UbinasSteve Clegg on Ubinas in Peru.

photo of Vanuatu scientists Steve Clegg worked with local scientists on Vanuatu during 2006.