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Port of Oakland Summer Internship Program


After a two-year pause, the Port of Oakland is pleased to announce the return of our 2023 summer internship program. Please stay tuned for the online application details in the coming months. We are committed to investing in our community, particularly undergraduate college students from or currently residing in Oakland, Alameda County, Contra Costa County and the surrounding Bay Area.  We believe in providing work experience and networking opportunities through the internship program and hope to resume the internship program.

Please see below for general information about the format of past programs.

About the Program

The Summer Internship Program is normally held from mid-June to mid-August.  Internship opportunities are offered in a variety of fields, such as Audit, Aviation, Communications, Community Relations, Contract Compliance, Engineering, Environmental Programs & Planning, Governmental Affairs, Human Resources, Information Technology, Maritime, Planning & Development, and Social Responsibility.

Program Objectives

Interns 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 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 showcase and strengthen their 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 also participate in various activities, workshops and trainings to broaden their experience.

Minimum Qualifications

Below are the minimum qualifications for applicants.

  1. Residence

Reside in the San Francisco Bay Area during the internship period. SF/Bay Area includes nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.  Preference is given to residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

  1. Education

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be currently enrolled in and attending college at the time of applying for the program.  Those who have graduated from college within six months prior to the start of the program are also eligible to apply.  All applicants must meet a minimum GPA of 2.75. Copies of college transcripts dated within the last term are required.  Information for where to send your transcript is included in the online application.

  1. Personal Statement

Applicants must send a personal statement containing a maximum of 500 words. Please include information about your connection to the Bay Area and how an internship with the Port of Oakland would support your career goals.

  1. Two References

Contact information for two references must be included.  One reference must be for a school counselor, official or advisor that you know.

  1. Resume

Resume must be submitted with your online application.  Applicants who do not send a resume will not be considered.  Information for where to send your resume will be included in the online application during the application period.

Selection Process

Applicants may 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.  Not all applicants will be offered an internship.

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 internship period (TBD).  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 salary rate (TBD) per hour.  Sick leave and holidays, such as Independence Day, are not paid.


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