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Port of Oakland Summer Internship Program

Information for the 2019 Summer Internship Program will be posted in January 2019.

About the Program

The 2019 Summer Internship Program will run from Tuesday, June 18, 2019 through Friday, August 16, 2019. Applications will be due by 5:00 pm (PDT) on Friday, March 1, 2019.  We are inviting talented, highly motivated and aspiring college students to apply for a paid internship opportunity. We will offer 19 internship opportunities in a variety of fields: Aviation, Aviation Communications, Aviation Planning and Development, Communications, Engineering, Environmental Programs and Planning, Governmental Affairs, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Risk Management and Social Responsibility.

Information for the 2019 Summer Internship Program will be posted in January 2019.  Please email Cheryl Ho at cho@portoakland.com for more information. 

Below is information from the Summer Internship Program in Summer 2018.

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 Collection, 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.

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.

4. Resume

Please upload and attach a current resume with your online application. You will not be able to submit the application without a resume.

Selection Process

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 your first choice is unavailable, you may be eligible for another opportunity if you provide a second or third choice. If you are selected for 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. Applicants who only select one opportunity of interest will not be considered for other available assignments. Please note that the most qualified applicants will be scheduled for one interview.

The 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.

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


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


The program pay rate will be determined.  Sick leave and holidays are not paid.

How to Apply

Information for the 2019 Summer Internship Program will be posted in January 2019.


If you have questions about the Summer Internship Program, please e-mail Cheryl Ho at cho@portoakland.com.