Audio/Visual Internship

 

Learn to identify, test, and triage audio and visual tech that’s donated to Free Geek! Through the A/V Internship, you’ll learn how to troubleshoot receivers, tuners, amplifiers, speakers, TVs, DVD players, and a variety of other audio and visual equipment, old and new! You’ll also learn how to research functionality and resale value of the A/V equipment, and gain experience working with the Free Geek thrift store and online sales department.

 

Job Title: A/V Intern

Hours Weekly: 8-20 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Amber Schmidt

Responsibilities

  • Research and determine value of potentially reusable A/V equipment via online sales research
  • Troubleshoot and test ipod docks, speakers, cabinet speakers, headphones, DVD players, LCD TVs, and surround sound systems
  • Develop a thorough understanding of hardware specifications and Free Geek Production and Sales area needs
  • Coordinate the flow of tested equipment to the store, online sales, and bulk buyer
  • Triage and recycle incoming A/V hardware donations as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • Basic internet research knowledge
  • Technical knowledge of internal components of electronic devices is a plus
  • Experience with online sales websites like Amazon and eBay is a plus
  • Enthusiasm for Free Geek’s mission of Reuse & Responsible Recycling

To apply

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BETA (Build, Evaluation & Test Area) Internship

Learn how to test and assemble computer hardware and gain valuable leadership experience along the way! As a BETA intern, you’ll work with other volunteers to identify and test computer hardware, remove components for testing, and decide whether a device should be recycled or refurbished. Among the the devices you will learn about are optical drives, power supplies, monitors, video and other peripheral cards, and network devices.

 

Job Title: BETA Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 8 hours/week (2 shifts or full day/week)

Free Geek Supervisor: Amber Schmidt

Responsibilities

  • Learn Free Geek’s BETA procedures
  • Triaging devices for reuse or recycling
  • Preparing devices and their peripherals for sale/disbursement
  • Computer and electronic component refurbishment and testing
  • Follow documentation for testing procedures of various gizmos
  • Share in ensuring the functionality of the area: maintain organization of work area, cleaning up after oneself after the end of each shift, help with recycling and correct routing of gizmos
  • Teach Hardware Testing procedures to new volunteers as needed
  • Research and document the strange and the unknown (often!)
  • Document advanced testing procedures for new volunteers
  • Potential to create and document new tests for odd gizmos
  • Implement data security procedures as needed
  • Keep abreast of BETA procedure updates
  • Other duties as needed related to the Technology Refurbishment Department

Desired Qualifications

  • While some knowledge of computer hardware is desired, it is not required
  • Understanding of Free Geek’s mission and open-source philosophy
  • Aptitude for learning detailed, complex tasks and protocols
  • Awareness of data security issues
  • Experience teaching or leading groups is a plus
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Detail-oriented
  • Not routine-averse
  • Basic internet research skills
  • Understanding of current electronics market is a plus

To apply

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Data Security Internship

 

Learn how to safely and securely sanitize data-bearing devices! As a Data Security Intern, you will be tasked with making sure that no one’s personal data falls into the wrong hands. You’ll need a keen eye to spot all different kinds of data-bearing components in order to isolate them. The Data Security internship is great for people who love a good puzzle, and is especially useful for applicants hoping to enter career fields like Network Security.

 

Job Title: Data Security Intern

Hours Weekly: Minimum 8 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Cliff Fortune

Responsibilities

  • Learning Free Geek’s data security procedures
  • Sanitizing data-bearing devices
  • Keeping the Secure Data Area clean and in-line with safety guidelines
  • Keeping abreast of relevant data security issues
  • Researching data-bearing devices/sanitation procedures
  • Learning Hardware Specifications
  • Following flowcharts to determine the fate of a sanitized data-bearing device
  • Aiding Receiving staff in unloading large data bearing donations, when necessary

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to be on your feet for the entirety of a shift (approx. 4 hours)
  • Ability to lift and carry 50+ lbs on a regular basis
  • Ability to work comfortably and efficiently in a fairly small space with other people
  • Aptitude for learning detailed, complex tasks and protocols through the use of flowcharts and doing online research when required
  • Desire to understand data security concerns
  • Aptitude for problem solving

To apply

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Donations Triage Internship

 

Donations Triage Interns are masters of the Receiving & Sorting areas of Free Geek and have a strong understanding of the Oregon e-Cycles Program. As a Donations Triage Intern, you’ll train to identify any type of technology that is donated to Free Geek, understand its place in the the recycling flow, and effectively organize donated tech to be processed. Additionally, Donations Triage Interns are responsible for training and supervising the Sorting volunteers.


Job Title
: Donations Triage Intern

Hours Weekly: 8-20 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Ramo Garcilazo

Responsibilities

  • Work alongside Free Geek staff to coordinate volunteers and the flow of material donations
  • Train and supervise volunteers in Free Geek’s mission: identifying reusable materials in donations
  • Develop a thorough understanding of data security, hardware specifications, and Free Geek Production and Sales area needs
  • Test computer speakers
  • Support Free Geek staff in triaging incoming hardware donations as needed
  • Support Receiving and Sorting Staff in following Data Security policies
  • Support Receiving Staff in triaging incoming hardware donations as needed
  • Supplement flow of materials throughout the building with communication from other Free Geek staff

Desired Qualifications

  • Knack for sorting and organizing
  • Ability to quickly identify a wide variety of basic electronics
  • Ability to work well with an ever-changing and diverse volunteer base
  • Ability to prioritize and and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to comfortably lift 50+ lbs and stand for extended periods of time
  • Enthusiasm for Free Geek’s mission of Reuse & Responsible Recycling

To apply

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Laptop Build Internship

 

Learn how to refurbish and troubleshoot laptop computers. A Laptop Build Intern gains skills in testing, reformatting, and refurbishing laptop PCs. In addition, you’ll gain experience doing advanced repairs such as screen swaps and logic board swaps. As part of the Laptop Build Internship, you will gain valuable leadership and teaching experience as you guide other volunteers of varying experience through our process of teaching about laptop refurbishment. This includes leading Beginner workshops and assisting with Laptop Boot Camp instruction.


Job Title
: Laptop Build Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 8 hours/week (2 shifts/week)

Free Geek Supervisor: Manager of Technology Refurbishment

Responsibilities

  • Process, triage, and test functionality of laptop PCs.
  • Complete repairs such as screen swaps, battery replacements, etc.
  • Work along staff to help build and refine processes and documents.
  • Research devices for reuse and refurbishment possibilities.
  • Keep abreast changes and new releases in both hardware and software.
  • Support Free Geek staff in triaging and recycling incoming laptop-related devices and accessories.
  • Help maintain Free Geek data security standards.

Desired Qualifications

  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to follow directions and provide direction to others
  • Ability to work on very small items with extreme care
  • Interest in leading workshops and teaching others about technology
  • An interest and aptitude in problem solving and troubleshooting
  • Ability to deal with changes in processes
  • General knowledge of computers and technology

To apply

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Mobile Devices Refurbishment Internship

 

Learn how to refurbish and troubleshoot the most cutting-edge technology in our Mobile Devices Refurbishment Internship! A Mobile Devices Refurbishment Intern gains skills in testing, reformatting, and researching tablet devices, mp3 players, smartphones, and a host of other handheld devices. In addition, you’ll gain experience doing simple repairs such as screen swaps and battery replacements.

Job Title: Mobile Devices Refurbishment Internship

Hours Weekly: At least 8 hours/week (2 shifts/week)

Free Geek Supervisor: Jeff Churchill & Pico Mitchell

Responsibilities

  • Process and test functionality of smartphones, tablets, mp3, and other mobile devices.
  • Complete repairs such as screen swaps, battery replacements, etc. on a large array of small devices.
  • Work along staff to help build and refine processes and documents.
  • Research devices for reuse and refurbishment possibilities.
  • Keep abreast changes and new releases in both hardware and software.
  • Support Free Geek staff in triaging and recycling incoming mobile devices and accessories.
  • Help maintain Free Geek data security standard.

Desired Qualifications

  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work on very small items with extreme care
  • An interest and aptitude in problem solving and troubleshooting
  • A desire to learn more about iOS and Android operating systems
  • Ability to deal with changes in processes
  • General knowledge of computers and technology

To apply

Please fill out our application form, select ‘Other,’ type Mobile Devices Refurbishment Internship, and we’ll get back to you soon.

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Printer Testing Internship

 

Help us to save quality printers from “The Smasher” by testing them for reuse in our hardware grants and sales programs. The Printer Testing Internship focuses on triaging, testing and troubleshooting printers, scanners, and multi-purpose printers with reuse potential. You’ll learn how to research and test a wide variety of printers online. Beyond that, you’ll learn which parts of the printer are valuable for resale, and there is potential to work closely with our online sales department.

 

Job Title: Printer Program Volunteer Intern (reuse, sales & recycling)

Hours Weekly: At least 8 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Christopher Himes

Responsibilities

  • Learn printer testing & basic troubleshooting
  • Assist staff in triaging printers by identifying those with reuse potential
  • Test printers for reuse through our sales and grants programs
  • Identify and extract valuable printer components for online sales
  • Prepare unusable printers for recycling
  • Research printer pricing and testing methods
  • Participate in special projects related to printer reuse, recycling and/or online sales

Desired Qualifications

  • Detail-oriented approach to problem-solving
  • Curious about printers or online sales, and not afraid to ask questions
  • Ability to perform basic research online
  • Not afraid to get your hands dirty
  • Able to safely lift up to 50 lbs on a regular basis

To apply

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Reception & Outreach Internship

 

Want to be part of the welcoming committee for Free Geek? As a Reception & Outreach Intern, you’ll be the face of Free Geek! You’ll focus your skills in customer service, database management, document creation, volunteer support, and scheduling. You’ll also have the opportunity to lead daily volunteer tours at Free Geek, plan volunteer appreciation events, and even get involved in Free Geek’s off-site recruitment.

 

Job Title: Reception Intern

Hours Weekly: 5 to 24 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Omar Vargas

Responsibilities

  • Maintain a welcoming and helpful reception area.
  • Answer questions about Free Geek in-person, over the phone, and via email.
  • Advise and schedule volunteer shifts, and log volunteer hours.
  • Print and maintain a variety of Free Geek documentation.
  • Lead volunteer tours.
  • Clean and organize Free Geek’s reception areas.
  • Organize and file volunteer data.
  • Support offsite tabling and recruitment events.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills
  • A polite and approachable demeanor
  • Good phone and email etiquette
  • Knowledge of Google suite (Drive, Calendars, Docs, etc.)
  • Fluency in Spanish is a big plus

To apply

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Recycling Internship

 

The Recycling Internship is a great program for individuals looking for work in the recycling industry or in any warehouse environment. As a Recycling Intern, you’ll be responsible for understanding Free Geek’s recycling protocol, teaching and training volunteers in recycling programs, assisting in material flow, and performing some advanced deconstruction projects. You’ll also be trained in warehouse safety procedures and pallet-jack operation.

 

Job Title: Recycling Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 7.25 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Ramo Garcilazo

Responsibilities

  • A recycling intern will be trained to:
  • Orient, teach, and support volunteers who are deconstructing desktop computers, modems, and other small electronics
  • Sort recyclable material
  • Perform advanced deconstruction tasks
  • Assist in managing material flow through the recycling area including pallet jack operation, swapping bins and prioritizing tasks
  • Promote the safety of themselves, volunteers, and the environment

Desired Qualifications

  • Detail-oriented approach to problem-solving
  • Not afraid of getting dirty
  • Interest in learning about e-waste recycling practices
  • Ability to teach people from a range of backgrounds
  • Ability to comfortably lift 50+ lbs and stand for extended periods of time
  • Experience using hand tools is a plus
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus

To apply

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Spanish Build Bilingual Intern

 

As a Spanish Build Bilingual Intern, you’ll learn to guide volunteers through the final steps of computer refurbishment at Free Geek. You’ll provide support for a variety of technical software and hardware questions and gain experience installing and working with the Linux operating system in a more advanced capacity.

You must be conversationally fluent in English and Spanish to qualify.

Note: In order to be eligible for the Spanish Build Bilingual Internship, you must complete at least three months of the BETA Internship and three months of the Hardware Testing Internship.

Job Title: Spanish Build Bilingual Intern

Free Geek Supervisor: Omar Vargas

Responsibilities

  • Learn Free Geek’s system evaluation procedures
  • Learn and teach Free Geek’s Hardware Identification in Spanish & English
  • Teach system evaluation to Build Program volunteers in Spanish & English
  • Answer volunteers’ questions regarding system evaluation and hardware identification, and consistently monitor their progress
  • Implement data security procedures as needed
  • Join the system evaluation and Spanish Build email discussion list as appropriate

Desired Qualifications

  • Speak intermediate/advanced Spanish & English
  • Be able to read/write Spanish/English
  • Willing and able to translate between Spanish & English in speech and in writing
  • While some knowledge of computer hardware is desired, a commitment to teaching, process, and the comfort of our volunteers is more important than hardware knowledge.
  • Understanding of Free Geek and Open Source philosophy
  • Awareness of data security issues

To apply

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Technical Support Internship

 

As a Technical Support Intern at Free Geek, you’ll have the unique opportunity to provide support to users for a large number of Linux and Mac systems. You’ll help our tech support staff troubleshoot and resolve hardware, software, networking and system issues. Through this internship, you’ll gain experience in customer support, various Linux and Mac environments, and simple to advanced installations of hardware and software. In addition, you’ll learn how to utilize ticket-tracking software and organize requests within a database.

 

Job Title: Technical Support Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 2, four-hour shifts/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Vince Winter

Responsibilities

  • Learn the operating environment of the GNU/Linux and OS X.
  • Answer questions over the phone, by email, and in person on a wide variety of software and hardware issues
  • Troubleshoot and resolve software, hardware, networking, and system issues
  • Perform hardware and software maintenance and upgrades
  • Teach computer skills to technical support recipients, allowing for differences in personality and skill level of recipients
  • Work with Reuse Program volunteers and instructors to solve tech support issues
  • Backup and transfer data from a variety of hardware and operating systems
  • Understand the sensitivities of handling user data

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of basic command line for Linux
  • Knowledge of computer hardware
  • Experience with at least one linux text editor (emacs, nano, vi, or vim)
  • An analytical approach to problem-solving
  • An aptitude for learning new computer software
  • Interest in working closely with users to resolve issues
  • High level of patience
  • Interest in teaching
  • Knowledge of basic iMac and MacBook hardware is a plus
  • Knowledge of OS X is a plus

To apply

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Thrift Store Volunteer Internship

 

The Thrift Store Internship is a great way to get a headstart in a technology-based retail environment. Through this internship, you’ll learn how to identify a variety of tech, research market resale value, and operate a point-of-sale cashier system. You’ll also learn about merchandising techniques, store design, and you’ll hone your customer service skills too!

 

Job Title: Thrift Store Volunteer Intern

Hours Weekly: 4 to 15 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Jeff Churchill

Responsibilities

  • Merchandise (tidy, label, restock) items for sale in the store
  • Greet customers and answer their questions
  • Teach a small amount about software and hardware
  • Keep up with industry standards and resale prices for various technologies
  • Work with other areas of Free Geek to help keep the Thrift Store stocked.
  • Take inventory of certain items
  • Occasional testing of simple equipment

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to stand for long periods
  • Analytical approach to problem-solving
  • Experience leading or in customer service a plus
  • Technical aptitude is a plus

To apply

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Online Sales Internship

 

As an online sales intern, you’ll gain valuable experience in a technology-based online retail environment. Learn how to identify a variety of tech, research market resale value, and list items to online retail sites. You’ll also learn about online advertising and optimization of sale listings, and you’ll hone your customer service skills too!


Job Title
: Online Sales Intern

Hours Weekly: Up to 30 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Jeff Churchill

Responsibilities

  • Research (and in some cases, properly condense) information about various kinds of electronic equipment.
  • Take clear and consistent pictures of said equipment
  • Appropriately price equipment based on external pricing sites and critical appraisal.
  • Organize and catalogue large batches of similar items.
  • Pack and ship items securely and effectively
  • Create online ads using previous research (we work with a variety of online formats).
  • Coordinate and communicate well with other departments on larger projects.
  • Work closely with a small team.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with online sales websites like Amazon and eBay is a plus
  • Ability to quickly identify a wide variety of basic electronics
  • Ability to work comfortably and efficiently in a fairly small space with other people
  • Experience leading or in customer service a plus
  • Knowledge of Google suite (Drive, Calendars, Docs, etc.)
  • Ability to prioritize and and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Aptitude for learning detailed, complex tasks and protocols
  • Strong internet research ability
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to take and follow specific directions.
  • Analytical approach to problem-solving
  • Technical aptitude is a plus
  • Good phone and email etiquette

To apply

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Macintosh Build Internship

 

Learn how to refurbish and troubleshoot Apple computers and equipment. A Macintosh build Intern gains skills in testing, reformatting, and researching Apple laptops and desktop computers. In addition, you’ll gain experience doing advance repairs such as screen swaps and logic board swaps.

Job Title: Macintosh Build Intern

Hours Weekly: At least 8 hours/week (2 shifts/week)

Free Geek Supervisor: Amber Schmidt

Responsibilities

  • Process and test functionality of laptops, desktops, all-in ones, and others .
  • Complete repairs such as screen swaps, battery replacements, etc.
  • Work along staff to help build and refine processes and documents.
  • Research devices for reuse and refurbishment possibilities.
  • Keep abreast changes and new releases in both hardware and software.
  • Support Free Geek staff in triaging and recycling incoming Apple devices and accessories.
  • Help maintain Free Geek data security standard.

Desired Qualifications

  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work on very small items with extreme care
  • An interest and aptitude in problem solving and troubleshooting
  • A desire to learn more about Mac OS X operating systems
  • Ability to deal with changes in processes
  • General knowledge of computers and technology

To apply

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