What do you do at Intel?
I run a research project on PC motherboards for the future.
What is your favorite thing about working at Intel?
The people. There are no titles at Intel so ideas flow freely without regard to rank or position. Each and every person I have encountered has been helpful, kind and understanding. If they couldn't help me, they directed me to someone who might know the answer. Eventually you find what you're looking for and it makes you feel good to see your own work come to fruition.
What is most challenging about your job?
In a word, multitasking. You have to balance meetings, presentations, intern functions, networking and adapting to the environment. Sometimes you have to step back to get a new perspective on the goal and sometimes you have to focus on a particular issue. My manager calls it "thinking about thinking." It is an ongoing assessment of what is important to Intel, both now and well into the future.
What advise would you give potential Interns at Intel?
If you try your best and show effort, you will be fine. It's very inundating at first with all the Web sites and phone numbers you need to keep track of. Add on to that all the TLA's and job responsibilities and you have a full plate. It will take time to adjust, but you are not alone and there are many helpful people around, including your own administrator.
What do you do for fun?
I rowed for the University at Buffalo for four years as a varsity NCAA Division One athlete. While I'm here for my internship I enjoy exploring Portland as well as hiking the Olympic Coast and Mount St. Helens. With the help of some of my co-workers, I have just put together my own PC.