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Interns get first-hand experience in what it is


like to be a professional in their field and have the ability to translate classroom learning into workplace realities.


Secondly, we assign our interns to real work that needs to be accomplished.


By Gale Horton Gay ghorton@ccgmag.com


Everyone Benefits from


Summer Internships


f a summer internship sounds like a tremendous benefit for a college student, it is. However, some companies that bring in interns say it’s not just a one-sided affair; they benefit also.


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Internships throughout the year as well as in the summer provide college students with an array of advantages, including work experience, exposure to a professional environment, career guidance, colleagues that are veterans in the field, and, often, a way to make some money.


Computer giant Intel hires 1,500 interns annually in the U.S. and officials describe it as a win–win situation.


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eadquartered in Santa Clara, CA, Intel has more than 100,000 employees in 63 countries and serves customers in more than 120 countries. Intel designs and manufactures a variety of technologies, including microprocessors and chipsets and the additional hardware, software, and related services.


“Interns work side by side with other Intel employees on key strategic projects and deliver real results,” said Paulette Hanson, Intel U.S. college manager. “They bring a fresh perspective on projects and challenges that can re-energize a team and introduce possibility thinking and risk taking.” Hanson said the interns, who are paid, work across all of the company’s business groups and more than 30 sites in the U.S.


“The majority of our interns are in technical positions, but we do host interns in non-technical fields as well,” said Hanson. “All interns are leveraged in three key ways; first and primarily, we provide interns with an opportunity to obtain real-world/hands-on experience in their area of study. Our interns get first-hand experience in what it is like to be a professional in their field and have the ability to translate classroom learnings into workplace realities. Secondly, we assign our interns to real work that needs to be accomplished. Interns truly deliver tangible results during their time with us; they are key contributors to the projects and/or programs they are placed within and enable us to deliver great products. Finally, we leverage our interns to influence our culture.”


Hanson added that the students come to the workforce with creative thinking, new ideas, and youthful vitality. “We love the energy that interns bring with them into their roles, their fresh perspective, and their ability to up skill our existing teams with the latest academic learnings in their fields,” she said.


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