In 2011, the Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment program was created to provide paid work opportunities for youth seeking green careers. Shortly after, it was re-branded as RISE and became a core Kupu program. Today, with growing interest from our partners, we are expanding RISE into a larger Sustainability Initiative which will encompass all sustainability opportunities through Kupu.
This transition is a strong effort to grow Hawaiʻi’s green economy by pairing young professionals with innovative sustainable development projects that align with their interests. Sustainability fellows are individually placed at private, public and non-profit partner sites where they receive technical training through office and/or field experience as well as mentorship from Kupu staff. They earn competitive pay for their work. Fellows also participate in professional development workshops which provide time for fellows to connect with their peers and green thought leaders from the local community.
Are you a current higher-ed student or recent graduate looking to gain professional experience while working on a project that will make a positive impact on Hawaiʻi? Kupu’s Sustainability Initiatives offers motivated emerging professionals the tools for a successful transition from academia to the workforce.
Kupu works with partners across sectors to create paid fellowship opportunities that are tailored to the needs of emerging professionals. Through this opportunity, you will have a chance to apply your skills to have a hand in shaping Hawaiʻi towards it potential as global leader of sustainability.
Kupu, Kamehameha Schools (KS), Hawai’i Green Growth (HGG) and University of Hawai’i Office of Sustainability (UH) are hiring a cohort of four to six highly motivated, creative individuals with experience and a passion for communications and public engagement and education to help develop and execute a Communications & Engagement Strategy for the Aloha+ Challenge – Hawai‘i’s statewide commitment to achieve six interconnected sustainability goals by 2030 in Clean Energy, Local Food Production, Natural Resource Management, Solid Waste Reduction, Smart Sustainable Communities and Green Workforce & Education.
April 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017
March 17, 2017
This position seeks a motivated college/university student or recent higher education graduate (no more than 2 years since graduation) to work on energy efficiency related projects. The selected fellow will report to the RISE Program Manager at Kupu and representatives from Hawai‘i Energy. The Hawai‘i Energy Fellow is expected to work closely with this team to perform the following activities by type:
Hawai‘i Energy Fellow will work with manager at Hawai‘i Energy to determine the degree to which they will prioritize each activity.
Positions is located in Honolulu – fellows may be required to work from Hawaiʻi Energy office, home, school, or in the field at times.
There are three (3) Hawaiʻi Energy Fellowship openings available
January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017
December 27, 2016
The application will require you to submit the following application materials in the form of ONE attachment (either as a word document or PDF) by midnight on December 27th:
Kupu provides partners with the support they need to run a successful program or project. Ranging from the capable minds and fresh perspectives of the Sustainability Fellows to the technical project support and expertise of the Project Managers, Kupu is an asset to any endeavor. Kupu handles the hiring, HR, training, and mentoring of each fellow to ensure both the successful execution of our partner’s projects and a successful learning experience for each Sustainability Fellow.
By working with Kupu you will get the project support you need while also contributing to building a strong green work force in Hawaiʻi. By empowering Hawaiʻi’s youth with the experience they need to become strong green professionals, we are committing to the long term sustainability of our planet.
Tasks that fit the skills for a college-level or recent graduate fellow and fit in with Hawaiʻi’s sustainability goals
Funding, or a vision/ path to acquire funding (e.g., through a grant), for a fellow
A “Project Team” which may consist of only one dedicated supervisor or a collaboration of staff (even if from different organizations). The Project Team will be responsible for assigning tasks, accepting deliverables, and providing feedback to the fellow
All on-site supplies for the fellowship, which may include: office space/ work site location, computer (requiring fellows to use their own computer is an option) and/or phone
A desire to contribute to workforce development in Hawaiʻi’s sustainability sector
Interested parties meet with Kupu Coordinators to discuss interest in the program and discuss the perspective Sustainability Fellowship position including logistics such as funding and timing.
With Kupu assistance, create and finalize a fellowship position description.
Kupu will review the position description to ensure the position qualifies as a Sustainability Fellowship
Contracts and funding is produced for the fellowship position with Kupu .
Kupu conducts the application, recruiting, and selection process. This process may include the Project Team as desired or conducted independently by Kupu staff
After the initial orientation, fellows begin projects at the site