Intel has had a robust internship program for years. As a new intern, though, joining a company with more than 120,000 employees can be equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. So we asked a few interns from around the globe to share their experience at Intel and give advice to future interns.
Meet Intel’s interns
Site: Bengaluru, India
Business Unit: Network Edge Group
Advice to future interns: Learn as much as possible, build knowledge in different domains, be prepared for challenges in the industry and make every opportunity count.
Something that surprised you about Intel and/or your internship: I was surprised by the freedom Intel gives interns to approach and get input from leaders to develop our skills.
Ritesh Dashrathsinh Rajput
Site: Oregon, U.S.
Business Unit: Devices Development Group
Why Intel? I really like Intel’s inclusive culture, where everyone can be their authentic selves. Also, innovation is at the heart of Intel, and it’s amazing to work at a company that thinks ahead and solves tomorrow’s problems.
Advice to future interns: Focus on your communication skills, both written and verbal. Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound) goals and develop your skills. Also, make an effort to meet and introduce yourself to everyone you interact with during the internship.
Kuan Ting Wu
Site: Taipei, Taiwan
Business Unit: Data Center and Platform Engineering and Architecture Group
Why Intel? As a company that has been established for more than 50 years, Intel continues to develop innovative technologies and greatly influence the world. As a student with an engineering background, I am very curious about how Intel operates to continue to be the leader in the industry.
Advice to future interns: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be fearless! Reach out to people when you need help. The people you work with have valuable advice and insight. You can also go outside your assignments to learn something new if you believe it will be beneficial to your growth. There are lots of opportunities that you can utilize to cultivate yourself. Just be proactive and say yes to everything!
Site: United Kingdom
Business Unit: Global Communications Group
One thing that surprised you about interning at Intel: The way I am respected, as an intern, just as equally as everyone else. I’m not just making coffees for managers; I am actively making a difference within the company and my work is always valued and appreciated by those around me.
Advice to future interns: Speak to everybody you come across during your internship and build strong connections. I cannot stress this point enough! You never know who may be able to help you in the future, so a strong network is key.
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