This is a question I hear a lot: “what’s a typical internship like at Intel?” The reality is, there is no typical internship; every student hired will do something different, and every intern is unique and brings his or her own personal “tool bag” to the job.
This is a fair question though, so let me attempt to cover what I believe are the top three “typical” components of the Intel internship experience:
1. Interns are hired to do specific projects with real lasting impact here at Intel. These are real projects; projects that existing Intel employees would do if an intern weren’t hired, and not simply activities designed to keep interns busy for a few months and then closed or left behind when the intern returns to school. Interns work right along side experienced employees and have access to cutting edge tools and technologies. (I often hear interns express surprise that they were exposed to the latest products or initiatives, or given access to a strategic lab environment, but we believe this exposure is necessary to do the job.) Intel interns truly roll up their sleeves and do hands on work here.
2. Building a network of peers who have diverse content knowledge is key to success at Intel. In fact the number one source of information any employee goes to in order to do his or her job on a daily basis, is the peer network. Intel helps interns build their network by facilitating events where they meet each other socially (it’s not all about work here!), and also get exposure to more senior leaders across Intel. An Intel intern will have more opportunities to get out and meet other people and learn about Intel, than he or she will know what to do with.
3. Consider Intel for long-term growth. Since Intel looks primarily to the Intern Program for sourcing future college graduates (CGs), a lot of coaching and mentoring happens during the internship. Beyond the project the intern was hired for, interns are encouraged to learn about how their group aligns to the corporation’s strategic objectives, what other groups are doing, etc. At Intel, we believe investing in the development of our interns’ experience while here benefits us later when we hire high performing CGs.
This is only the tip of the iceberg—there are many, many more components of an Intel internship so please ask your questions away!