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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. The 2023 Summer internship program is now here. Applications are live and can be accessed by clicking on the link below or scanning the QR Code.


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.

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 Marketing, Aviation - Planning & Development, Aviation Properties, Communications, Engineering -Aviation Project Design & Delivery (Field), Engineering - Aviation Project Design & Delivery (Office), Engineering - Maritime Project Design & Delivery, Environmental Programs & Planning, Executive Office/Secretary to the Board, FinancialAnalyst, Governmental Affairs, Human Resources -Health & Safety & Emergency Operations Center, Information Technology, Legal, Maritime, Risk Management, Community Relations, ContractCompliance, and Workforce Development.

Here is our 2023 Brochure.

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 allow 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 training to broaden their experience.

Job Description

You can find each job description here.

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.  Upload a copy of your unofficial college transcript dated within the last academic term in the online application.

*high school diploma or equivalent does not apply to the high school internship application process.

  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. One Reference

Contact information for one reference must be included.  The reference must be from 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.

The 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 from June 12, 2023 - August 4, 2023.  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


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 $25.00 per hour.  Sick leave and holidays, such as Independence Day, are not paid.


If you have questions about the Summer Internship Program, please email summerinternship@portoakland.com.  You may also contact Julina Bonilla at (510) 627-1305 or Lynette Mackey at (510) 627-1310. For frequently asked questions take a look at the FAQ sheet here.