Does anyone know the best way to get an internship at Intel?

Hey Sam,

Though I haven't worked at Intel myself, I imagine it'll be a similar process to the one I had when I got an internship at Marvel comics.

To start, you're going to want to see what internships are out there, and though a good place to start is Intel's internship website, I personally am a big fan of Indeed. Here's a link for you to see all the available internships at Intel (plus a few other ones that get picked up by Indeed search) right now:

From here, the majority of your battle is going to be research and writing. You're going to want to find a couple of the internships that are a match for your experience and goals and then write resumes and cover letters specifically for those job. And when I say specific, I mean be REALLY specific. I applied to the Marvel comics internship twice. First time, I never heard back, and the second time I spent about a month working on a better cover letter that explained why I was uniquely qualified for the job. This stage right here is where you'll spend like 80% of your time.

Once you apply, the waiting game begins. You should definitely follow up if you feel like you've waited a particularly long time, and you feel like they'll be finished deciding soon. Though you may never hear back, sometimes you're lucky and they'll either bring you in for an interview or they can explain why you weren't accepted in this batch. Any feedback is good feedback so try and schedule these types of calls if you don't hear back.

We can talk about the interview round in another post when you get there, but for now, spend a ton of time researching what internships are right for you and then tell your story through your cover letter and resume.

Let me know if you need anything else!

Hey Chris,

I appreciate the input. Right now I am currently a first year freshmen civil engineering student, but right civil engineering is a lot of writing, and I dont want to do that. So next semester, I am taking a java programming class at and was wondering if you have any tips or advice for a freshmen like me. I really would like to work at Intel because that's the only computer engineering firm around Sacramento. There's a lot of IT jobs in Sacramento, but I don't want to do that. I always what to design and create parts for a product like an Iphone, laptop, computer, or gaming systems like Nintendo Dss and PS4s. Intel is like the closest one in Sacramento, since I would rather work in Sacramento and no the bay area since it's very expensive down there and my family is from Sacramento. What can I do to make Intel like/hire me for an internship? Join clubs? Leadership positions? ACM/IEEE student chapters?

Thank you,
Sam Lee

First and foremost, you're on the right path. The fact that you're here asking for help is the first sign. The second is that you're realizing the things you like and don't like, and you're not pushing yourself to do something that feels unnatural. Writing and documentation is not for everyone and knowing that it's not for you as a Freshman is a step in the right direction.

As a Davis grad, I totally understand that you want to go to Intel as it's in Folsom and close by so as you start taking your Java class and walk down the path of programming check in with yourself each week if you're having fun. And I don't mean ask yourself if this is easy. Some of the best and most enjoyable things push us and make us uncomfortable at first but are so rewarding once you complete that project, get that A, or the compiler runs your code and you see your idea come to life. Continually check in and see that you're enjoying this and if you're not follow your pursuits that you are enjoying. Maybe the actual programming part isn't for you, but you enjoy the project management part. Follow that. Or, maybe you really like the user experience and design parts of building projects, then be sure to pair your Java classes with design and UX classes.

Lastly, I think clubs and school opportunities are great, but I would also recommend you find a group of people and stop by a hackathon. You might be young but surrounding yourself with people at various levels in their career could be helpful to find friends and mentors. Plus, with each hackathon project you complete, it's another project to add to your resume when you apply to Intel. Here's a list of hackathon projects close by you:

Also, I know some of these events are in SF, but I would highly recommend you carve out time to join a few when you're ready. The people you meet + the experience gained is worth the Amtrak ride down.

Hey Chris,

I appreciate your input. I'll keep in touch with you as the years go bye. Thanks for the tips.

Thank you,
Sam Lee