Helpful hints about what Silicon Valley tech companies look for in their interns and the schools they come from.
Having just obtained my diploma in computing from EPFL, in Switzerland, I came to the San Francisco Bay Area on behalf of my school to line up company partners for our master’s student internship program.
Here’s a few things I learned about what Silicon Valley tech companies look for in their interns and the schools they come from:
For prospective interns
There are some factors that students can’t control when it comes to internships, mostly how their school interacts with the industry, which can make a huge difference.
I can’t say how may times I ran into this dialog when I contacted tech companies in the Silicon Valley about interns from EPFL’s School of Computing: “Oh, you want us to join your internship program? Sure, send us a few profiles we could be interested in.”
We don’t necessarily have these lists at our disposal from the onset at EPFL, but instead contact students we know are competent and ask them if they would be interested on a case-by-case basis. Perhaps we will rethink this.
Tips for schools