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Port of Oakland Summer Internship Program

About the Program

The application period for the 2019 Summer College Internship Program is open from Monday, January 14, 2019 through 5:00 pm PST on Friday, March 1, 2019.  The 2019 Summer Internship Program will run from Tuesday, June 18, 2019 through Friday, August 16, 2019. We are inviting talented, highly motivated and aspiring college students to apply for a paid summer internship opportunity. We will offer 19 internship opportunities in a variety of fields: Aviation, Communications, Community Relations, Contract Compliance, Engineering, Governmental Affairs, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Maritime Marketing, Risk Management and Social Responsibility.

Online applications and resumes due by 5:00 pm (PST) on Friday, March 1, 2019.  Transcripts and letters of recommendation must be received by Port staff by 9:00 am (PST) on Friday, March 8, 2019. 

To apply, please visit https://www.portofoakland.com/business/job-center and click on the link to the job posting.

Below is information for the 2019 Summer College Internship Program.

Program Objectives

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.  Interns will perform a wide range of critical assignments and projects that vary from general administrative to technical and project-based.  The varied expertise and skills of Port staff allows interns to gain insight into a wide range of public sector careers.

Interns will have the ability to showcase and strengthen skills, like organization, planning, time management, working relationships, decision-making, oral and written communication, adaptability, and analytical ability. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including MS Outlook, MS Word, and MS Excel is required. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in various activities, workshops and trainings to broaden their experience.

Minimum Qualifications

Please review all the minimum qualifications before applying. Please make sure that you meet all requirements.

1. Residence

Reside in the San Francisco Bay Area during the internship period. SF/Bay Area includes these 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

2. Education

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be currently enrolled in and attending college, with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Copies of college transcripts dated within the last term are required.  Port of Oakland staff must receive the prospective applicant’s college transcript and two (2) letters of recommendation by 9:00 a.m. PST on Friday, March 8, 2019.

3. Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) letters of recommendation (One letter must be signed by a school counselor/official.) Letters of recommendation dated within the past 12 months from the date of application will be accepted.  Port of Oakland staff must receive the prospective applicant’s college transcript and two (2) letters of recommendation by 9:00 a.m. PST on Friday, March 8, 2019.

4. Resume

Please upload and attach a current resume with your online application.

Applicants will not be able to submit the online application without a resume. Port of Oakland staff must receive the prospective applicant’s online application and resume by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, March 1.

Selection Process

Applicants will be allowed to select up to three (3) internship offerings. All applicants that meet the eligibility requirements will be offered an interview with one of their top three choices, based on the selection by the Summer Internship Program Committee’s review of the most qualified applicants.

If you are selected to interview with one of your alternate choices and decide you are not interested, you are welcome to discontinue the process of applying for a summer college internship opportunity with the Port of Oakland. Please note that the most qualified applicants will only be scheduled for one interview.

The final selection of interns is based on a thorough review of the applications and the interview results.

Hiring of interns is also subject to verification that students do not have prior membership in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CALPERS).

Program Operations

Selected interns are expected to commit to the entire nine (9) week internship period from  Tuesday, June 18, 2019 through Friday, August 16, 2019.  Consideration will be given to students who need to return to school early on a case-by-case basis.


Port of Oakland Main Office

530 Water Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Oakland International Airport

1 Airport Drive
Oakland, CA 94621

Aviation Facilities

8500 Earhart Road
Oakland, CA 94621


Interns may work up to 25 hours per week within normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Interns may adjust their schedules with their supervisors.


The program pay rate is up to $18.00 per hour and is subject to approval by the Board of Port Commissioners. Eligibility for academic credit with this internship opportunity will be considered. Sick leave and holidays, such as the fourth of July, are not paid.

How to Apply

Please visit https://www.portofoakland.com/business/job-center and click on the link to the job posting.
The Port of Oakland only accepts online job applications.

As part of our commitment to prospective applicants and the community, applicants may use the Port’s onsite kiosk:

Port of Oakland, 530 Water Street, 3rd Floor - Human Resources, Oakland, CA 94607

To schedule an appointment, please call Cheryl Ho at (510) 627-1541.


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