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Port of Oakland Summer Internship Program



UPDATE: The 2017 Summer Internship Program application period is now closed.
For questions, please e-mail portofoaklandintern@portoakland.com.  Thank you.

About the Program

The 2017 Summer Internship Program runs from Monday, June 12, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017. We are looking for highly motivated and aspiring undergraduate and graduate students to apply for this exciting paid internship opportunity. We are offering 19 internship opportunities in a variety of fields, such as Aviation, Aviation Marketing, Communications, Engineering, Environmental Programs and Planning, Governmental Affairs, Human Resources, Legal, Maritime Business Development, Risk Management and Social Responsibility.

Program Objective

Interns will gain professional work experience and exposure to the Port of Oakland's three business lines and operations; develop an understanding of the Port of Oakland's mission and business objectives; and interact with the Port team, including senior leadership, as well as internal and external stakeholders.  They will perform a wide range of critical assignments and projects that vary from general administrative to technical and project-based.  Some assignments require field work and specific proficiencies and computer skills.  The varied expertise and skills of Port staff offer interns an opportunity to gain insight into Aviation, Communications, Community Relations, Engineering, Governmental Affairs, Human Resources, Legal, Maritime, Risk Management and Social Responsibility careers, to name a few.  Interns will also have the opportunity to attend various activities, workshops and trainings.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be considered when reviewing applications:

  • Online application and supplemental questionnaire

(Please refer to the list of internship opportunities on pages 6-8 of the 2017 Summer College Internship Program Description and select the top three (3) choices on the online supplemental questionnaire.) 

  • Bay Area residency during the internship period.

The Bay Area includes nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.

(Preference given to residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties)

  • Undergraduate or graduate student attending college

(Undergraduates must be enrolled at time of application. Graduate students must be enrolled or planning to attend in the fall.)

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Copy of latest college transcripts (within the past school term).
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (One letter must be signed by a school counselor or official. Letters of recommendation dated within the past 12 months from the date of this application will be accepted.)
  • If accepted into a graduate program, please submit a copy of a formal letter of acceptance.

All applicants who meet these requirements will be invited for an in-person, FaceTime or Skype interview for one of their top three internship opportunities.

Program Operations

Selected interns are expected to commit to the entire nine (9) week internship period of Monday, June 12, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017.  Consideration will be given to students who need to make adjustments to their start and end dates on a case-by-case basis.

Internship Locations

Internship assignments are located at:

Port of Oakland Administration Building
530 Water Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Oakland International Airport
1 Airport Drive
Oakland, CA 94621

Aviation Facilities
8500 Earhart Road
Oakland, CA 94621


Interns must be able to work up to five (5) hours per day, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This includes a one (1) hour, non-paid lunch break.


The program pay rate is $13.45 per hour for undergraduate students and $16.15 per hour for graduate students.


The intern’s supervisor(s) will work closely with the intern(s) and evaluate work performance throughout the internship.

How to Apply

The 2017 Summer Internship Program application period is now closed.  For questions, please e-mail portofoaklandintern@portoakland.com.  Thank you.


If you have questions about the Summer Internship Program, please e-mail portofoaklandintern@portoakland.com.