For two summers running, Oakland students have had six-week paid internships at Intel HQ

For students with a passion for technology, a summer internship at a company like Intel—a paid internship, no less—is pretty much a dream gig. In the summer of 2016, 29 Oakland Tech and McClymonds students lived this dream during a six-week internship at Intel headquarters in Santa Clara. In 2017, the number of interns rose to 41.


Over the course of the summer, students immersed themselves in the world of technology, developing organizational and leadership skills that would translate into their academics, professional development, and community engagement. Over the course of the summer, students immersed themselves in the world of technology, designing products that would benefit the Oakland community. They also completed an intensive two-week IESC Maker Experience, using the Arduino programming platform to bring their designs and ideas to life in the form of interactive electronic objects.


“I loved the maker experience because it gave me the freedom to create something to benefit my community,” says Jonas Ong, a senior at Oakland Tech who helped develop Aughtawata, a plant watering system. Other projects included concussion detecting headgear for athletes, a multi-sensored walking stick for the blind and a gesture controlled robot.


The experience culminated in an interactive exhibition at the end of the summer, when interns presented their projects to the Oakland community back at Oakland Tech.


I liked the fact that I actually got a chance to code and make it be useful to others,” says McClymonds Senior Day’Marr Johnson. “From this experience, I can honestly say that I’ve become a better person in a field I really want to be in later in life.”


“This is the best summer experience I’ve had in awhile and if I could do it again, I would do so without hesitation,” says Patrick Ho, senior at Oakland Technical High School. “I learned so much about how a corporate environment works and I feel this will be imperative for my success.”


“At its heart, engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions,” says Andy Kim, senior at McClymonds High School. “It is a noble profession.”


To read more reflections on the internship experience, check out “In Their Words,” complete with student quotes and photo portraits by Hasain Rasheed Photography. Also, be sure to check out the videos below and read OUSD’s press release about last summer’s experience.


KTVU Feature on Summer 2017 Internships


Inside Intel: Summer Internships, Year 2 (2017)

Inside Intel: Summer Internships, Year 1 (2016)

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