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Youth earn internships at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Nearly 50 Hawaii Island high school youth have completed training for eight-week summer internship programs with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park starting in June.

The park’s non-profit partner, Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, was awarded grants from the Cooke Foundation, Ltd., the Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation, Kamehameha Schools Aina Education Program, and the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association to continue the park’s Youth Ranger Internship Program (YRIP), now in its fourth successful year.

“We are so grateful to our community for embracing this life-changing program. Over $90,000 has been donated to give these great kids a chance to make a real contribution to caring for their park,” said Park Ranger Kupono McDaniel, who oversees the program. “I have really enjoyed getting to know these kids from Ka‘u, Pahoa, and Keaau high schools and Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science, and now we will get to see them in action.”

The Youth Ranger Internship Program provides education and career preparation to youth in rural East Hawaii. Youth train with park rangers in six different divisions within the park, including Interpretation, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, Maintenance, Protection, and Administration.

After training, as many as 33 successful candidates will be hired to these divisions.

“The Youth Ranger Internship Program is designed to empower local students to affect change in the world and to expose them to meaningful career options. The skills they learn will make them better candidates for any career they choose to pursue,” McDaniel said.

One Response to “Youth earn internships at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park”

  1. idel kahin says:

    I would like to participate in the programm this summer, i would like to more detail about this wondetful oppourtunity si if you sould lije to email me it woukd be great. I am also a undergraduate student in Geology do i am very eager to know more.

    Thank you.



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