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PURPLE MAIʻA

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KŌKUA

we run like a startup

If you’re energetic, self-starting, a problem solver, a dreamer and doer, an aloha ʻāina, and hopeful about the future, get in touch.

Our programs are entirely supported through generous supporters. We do not charge students or families for services. If you would like to donate, please click below.

 

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Social Media Intern (Paid Internship)

The marketing team at Purple Maiʻa is growing! As an organization, we run over 5 programs that serve ʻohana from ʻōpio to kūpuna in areas of technology education, design + entrepreneurship and workforce development. To help spread awareness of what we do, we run several channels on various social media platforms.  

Job Summary

Do you dig our mission? How might our work inspire others? This is an opportunity to create and support a series of digital campaigns that help to tell our story. Youʻll manage, produce content and analyze how we perform and practice social media. 

 Responsibilities may include the following:

  • Create campaigns and content for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
  • Tracking metrics for campaigns and overall growth  
  • Work with the marketing team and directors to support the needs of each program 
  • Explore new social media platforms 
Qualities

You donʻt have to be an expert! This person is excited about social media platforms and is motivated to explore informative and fun ways of using the technology to support our mission. Basic design capabilities are needed (Photoshop, Canva).   

You have attention to detail and can thrive in a fast paced environment. Although weʻve been around for seven years and have more than a dozen employees, we still run like a startup. 

You can manage your time well and work collaboratively. There will be several campaigns running simultaneously but we all work together to achieve our shared objectives. 

You are open to learning about Hawaiian culture. As a Hawaiian organization, we believe in the values of our place, culture, and communities. We don’t expect our employees to speak ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, we don’t require employees to have studied Hawaiian Studies, but we do hope that all employees practice kuleana (responsibility), haʻahaʻa (humility), mālama (care), and aloha (love).

Working Conditions

The position may be done remotely or hybrid remote/in-office. Position is part-time at $20/hour for 12 weeks. 

Email your resume to naomi@purplemaia.org to apply.

Summer Investment Analyst Intern, Mālama Venture Studios for EEx

Since 2013, PMF has taught coding and computer science classes to middle and high school-age youth through it’s Kaikaina Program, incubated nearly 50 technology projects and over a dozen companies through the Purple Prize, and has trained and placed adults into tech careers through its Hiapo Program. The technology projects with the highest potential which have emerged from the Purple Prize are now being incubated in Mālama, a venture studio that rapidly grows early-stage startups and social enterprises.

Purple Maiʻa Foundation offers an exciting 2021 Summer Internship Program beginning June – September. Our program is a 12-week paid internship that focuses on enabling students and recent graduates to advance their professional preparation through work experience, professional development, and mentorship. You will work on real projects for Mālama startups including Hohonu, ʻIKE Solutions, Exchange Ave., and others.

While Purple Maiʻa Foundation is located in Honolulu, HI, our internship program will be fully remote this summer.

Job Summary

The Investment Analyst plays a crucial role in identifying relevant grant and investment opportunities for companies being developed in Mālama Venture Studio. This individual (1) sources and vets investment opportunities from global accelerators and investment firms as well as grant opportunities from philanthropies, government agencies, and foundations; (2) builds networks and investor relationships; and (3) works with company CEOs in preparing them for grant proposals and presentations to investors. 

Key Responsibilities
  1. Research and assess global investment and grant funding opportunities
  2. Work directly with company CEOs in preparation for grant proposal submissions and presentations to investors. 
Qualities
  1. Excellent analytical skills
  2. Capable of comprehending complex instructions
  3. Highly efficient work ethic
  4. Interest in launching a career in entrepreneurship or finance
  5. Excellent written communicator
Preferred Experiences

(Past experiences not required, but taken into consideration.)

  1. Writing funding applications and/or grant proposals for private or governmental entities
  2. Prior interactions with investors, competition judges, grantors, or philanthropists
  3. Experience with an early-stage startup in any position
  4. Undergraduate or graduate degree candidate or graduate in any of the following disciplines: Finance, Business, Entrepreneurship, Public Administration, English, Law/Pre-Law, Communications, Engineering, Computer Science, Indigenous Studies. 
Compensation and Working Conditions
  1. This position may be done remotely or hybrid remote/in-office.
  2. The term of the internship is three to four months, with the possibility of transitioning into a full-time role upon satisfactory completion of the internship. Interns may begin work as early as April. 
  3. Compensation is $20/hr.
  4. May be part or full-time.
How to apply

Email a sample of a grant proposal, scholarship application, pitch deck, or other similar document to alec@purplemaia.org to apply. You may also include a portfolio, cover letter, resume, and/or LinkedIn profile link in your email. 

Associate Product Manager Intern, Mālama Venture Studios

Since 2013, PMF has taught coding and computer science classes to middle and high school-age youth through it’s Kaikaina Program, incubated nearly 50 technology projects and over a dozen co smpanies through the Purple Prize, and has trained and placed adults into tech careers through its Hiapo Program. The technology projects with the highest potential which have emerged from the Purple Prize are now being incubated in Mālama, a venture studio that rapidly grows early-stage startups and social enterprises.

Purple Maiʻa Foundation offers an exciting 2021 Summer Internship Program beginning June – September. Our program is a 12-week paid internship that focuses on enabling students and recent graduates to advance their professional preparation through work experience, professional development, and mentorship. You will work on real projects for Mālama startups including Hohonu, ʻIKE Solutions, Exchange Ave., and others.

While Purple Maiʻa Foundation is located in Honolulu, HI, our internship program will be fully remote this summer.

Weʻre looking for…
  • Students or recent graduates
  • With a background in computer science, electrical engineering, design, or related area
  • Who enjoy thinking about products and collaborating with others
In this internship, youʻll…
  1. Liaise between startup leaders and designers, programmers, and web developers to make product or design improvements
  2. Gather feedback from users
  3. Draft Product Requirements Documents (PRDs) and Scopes of Work (SOWs) that describe the necessary tasks and changes needed for product improvement
    Participate in the recruitment and vetting processes of freelancers and contractors as they relate to product development or design
    Maintain timelines and control quality of output
At a minimum, weʻd like you to have…
  1. Excellent attention to detail
  2. Excellent communication skills
  3. A capability to comprehend complex instructions
  4. Be a good listener and and accurate note-taker
  5. Have a highly efficient work ethic
  6. Interest in launching a career in entrepreneurship, product management, or product development
  7. A tendency to over-communicate
We also like…
  1. Athletes and side-hustlers
  2. People who love learning new things
  3. People with deep respect for culture and the environment
Compensation and Working Conditions
  1. This position may be done remotely or hybrid remote/in-office.
  2. The term of the internship is three to four months, with the possibility of transitioning into a full-time role upon satisfactory completion of the internship. Interns may begin work as early as May. 
  3. Compensation is $15-25/hr. depending on prior experience and fit
  4. May be part or full-time
How to apply

Email a cover letter and resume to alec@purplemaia.org to apply. You may also include a portfolio, past work, and/or a LinkedIn profile link in your email.

Interested to volunteer? 

Send leka uila to kokua@purplemaia.org