2019 Summer Internship (Oakland, CA)

Summer Internship with the Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland invites 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.

Please note of the following deadlines:

1) Online applications and resumes will be due by 5:00 pm (PST) on Friday, March 1, 2019.

2) Transcripts and letters of recommendation must be received by Port staff by 9:00 am (PST) on Friday, March 8, 2019.

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.


  • 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


  • 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.

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.


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

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. Please note any scheduling conflicts during the initial application process.

To view internship description and apply, visit: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/2323879

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