Intel has become a household name over the years and you can see the shiny blue sticker on your laptop that says ‘Intel Inside‘ flash before your eyes everytime you hear Intel. The inventor of the X86 series of microprocessors, Intel makes motherboard chipsets, graphics chips, embedded process, ICs, and other devices related to computing and communications.
What are the types of internships at Intel and who is eligible?
Students pursuing their bachelors, masters, or Ph.D. in computer science, electrical, or electronics engineering from a relevant academic institute are eligible for internships at Intel. Intel offers internships across various profiles such as artificial intelligence, software development, verification, firmware development, hardware development, and System on Chip (SoC) development. Apart from these profiles, Intel Bangalore hires graduate and undergraduate interns to perform diverse technical and non-technical tasks. Intel internships typically range from 2 to 6 months and offer a competitive stipend of 20K – 35K.
What are the key skills required to get an internship at Intel?
1. Undergraduate students should have a working knowledge of design and architecture of SoC products.
2. For a research profile, students need a sound knowledge of VLSI design, C/C++, Perl/Python, and CPU/GPU architecture.
3. Students pursuing masters in engineering can go for core technical internships at Intel and would need an excellent command over IoT and SoC/CPU architecture.
4. Students need a working knowledge of digital design, Verilog, and high-level design flows for a hardware engineering internship at Intel.
5. If you’re applying to a software development profile, you need to be experienced in C and Perl scripting and/or have a working knowledge of C# and Windows scripting.
How to apply to an internship at Intel?
1. Apply online – Internships – Intel careers
Students can apply to an Intel internship through the Intel website.
2. Mailing the HR and employee referral – Interested students can directly contact the HR executive of Intel via LinkedIn or request the employees to refer them for an internship at Intel.
3. Campus placement – Intel India hires interns from select few colleges such as IITs, IIITs, NITs, and BITS.
What after applying to an Intel internship?
Intel recruitment process involves an initial screening based on your resume followed by a technical and an HR interview at Intel Bangalore. The technical questions for a software development internship at Intel revolve around data structures and algorithms, pointers, concepts of OOPs, database, and C and C++ programming. Some sample Intel interview questions are –
1. What are virtual and inline functions?
2. What is the difference between calloc and malloc?
3. What are storage and abstract classes?
4. What is the difference between int* const c and const int* c?
5. How would you test a black box using new test cases given the results for previous test cases?
6. How would you measure the stack space without using task manager when an application is running on a computer?
7. What is the complexity of a binary search tree?
If you’re applying to an Intel India internship in core engineering profiles, your technical interview will include questions related to semiconductors and digital circuits. Some sample Intel interview questions are –
1. Draw a transistor amplifier and explain its working.
2. What is latch-up in CMOS and how can we avoid it?
3. Can you draw a CMOS inverter and explain its working?
4. What is the difference between ac and dc load lines?
5. What is Q point? How does voltage divider biasing fix a Q point?
6. Draw the characteristic curves of CMOS, PMOS, and NMOS.
7. What are the types of leakages in CMOS?
8. How does the speed of transistor vary in accordance with the threshold voltage?
9. Design an FSM to detect ‘110’ sequence.
The HR interview questions are pretty standard like –
1. Why do you want to join Intel?
2. Tell us about the recent projects you’ve made.
3. Have you ever had to deal with a stressful situation?
4. Which department would you like to join at Intel?
5. What would you do if you are unable to complete the work in time?
6. What do you think about the Intel technology?
For more tips on how to prepare for Intel interviews, you can read about interviewing at Intel.
What to expect when your internship in Intel starts?
Work culture – Interns at Intel are given a training to understand the projects and working system of Intel. They work on live projects and are given ample time to research and learn about the technologies they would be working on.
A delightful workplace – Intel is an amazingly cool place to work at. It has a recreational room where you can play foosball, table tennis, and Zenga, cafes with free snacks, massage chairs, fitness centre, and courts for basketball, volleyball, and tennis. Yes, we are not kidding! And what’s more? The flash mobs to give you a break from work and refresh your mind!
Getting placed – Intel offers a full-time position to interns who perform exceptionally well after a pre-placement interview wherein you’ll be asked about your internship experience and will be evaluated on certain technical concepts.
Words of advice from ex-interns at Intel –
1. Use your Intel internship tenure to network with the employees at Intel and to explore the departments.
2. The recruiters are quite interested in your projects and previous internship experiences.
3. Intel works on the concepts of Moore’s law, so be well versed with this law and the intricacies of Moore machines.
To have a closer look at Intel internships, you can read about Anuj’s exploits in core electronics and how Nilanjan built a career in the field of hardware design.
So now that you know about the Intel hiring process, are you ready to merge technology with innovation? Apply to summer internships at Intel and build the future! You can also look for similar core engineering internships on Internshala; just register here.