The 9th Mission Support Command (MSC) in Honolulu, Hawaii, hosted eight UH at Manoa and Chaminade University interns as part of the U.S. Army Pacific Internship Initiative. These interns worked on real-world challenges and learned intelligence analysis, coding, data science, and innovation.
9th MSC Hosts Successful Internship Program in Hawaii
The project highlighted the value of talent and innovation through successful academia-industry-government cooperation. In the first half of 2023, the 9th MSC established internship standard operating procedures, codes of conduct, and agreement contracts, and partnered with local academia and industry entities like the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) at UH-Manoa and the Pacific Intelligence Innovation Initiative (P3I) at Chaminade University.
Students received course credit while tackling national security issues with the U.S. military, primarily the 9th MSC, an Army Reserve outfit. Positive learning settings, and linking the Army Reserve with college-aged youngsters, communities, and local industrial partners were the main goals.
The interns presented their work to Brig. Gen. Mark Siekman, the 9th MSC Commanding General, at Fort Shafter Flats on December 5 and 6, followed by a project demonstration at UH on December 7. The “Hanai” Internship Program‘s first semester featured eight UH-Manoa and Chaminade University interns working on varied projects.
Innovative Projects Shine: Success for 9th MSC’s Internship Program at UH-Manoa
Two UH-Manoa intern teams created a commanders’ dashboard to streamline information for commanders, while four interns created an Army Reserve Talent Marketplace to market important employment vacancies. The projects included a web-based dashboard showing Pacific Army Reserve units’ readiness and availability and a natural language processing system that summarizes unstructured content.
UH’s Information and Computer Sciences Department event on December 7 featured 24 intern posters showcasing their technical and creative talents. The 9th MSC’s Talent Marketplace capstone project won the ICS 496 class’s best project.
A successful partnership between the 9th MSC’s Marketing, Recruiting, and Retention (MR2) and Talent Management (TM), Hawaii Defense Alliance, Pacific Intelligence Innovation Initiatives (P3I), National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), and UH at Manoa made this internship The effort shows the benefits of bringing together academia, industry, and the military to develop talent and solve problems.