Adoption Class Teaching Internship

 

Adoption Class Instructors teach the bi-weekly ‘Getting Started with Linux’ class at Free Geek. As an Adoption Class Instructor, you’ll help Free Geek volunteers learn how to use the computers they earn through volunteering at Free Geek. You’ll gain valuable education experience, as well as communication, lesson-planning, and minor tech support skills. This internship is a great way to build on your public speaking skills in a safe environment.

Job Title: Adoption Class Instructor

Hours Weekly: 4

Length of Internship: Ongoing

Free Geek Supervisor: Walter Sebaste

Responsibilities

  • Teach students of varying experience and ability basic computer skills
  • Help students learn how to plug in and turn on their computers
  • Teach students a small amount about history of GNU/Linux and Free Software
  • Answer a variety of questions about basic computer and internet use.
  • Work with Build Program volunteers and instructors to solve minor tech support issues
  • Organize and maintain the Free Geek classroom
  • Complete a small amount of paperwork (equipment checkout)

Desired Qualifications

  • Basic computer navigation skills
  • A high level of patience
  • An interest in teaching people from a range of backgrounds
  • A desire to work with people
  • Willingness to learn about GNU/Linux
  • Ability to lift a desktop computer is a plus.

To apply

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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: Jeff Churchill

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 be training other volunteers how to identify computer hardware, remove components for testing, and decide whether a system should be recycled or refurbished. You’ll also learn how to triage optical drives, power supplies, hard drives, and servers. In addition to this, you get valuable teaching experience by leading the Hardware ID class for new BETA volunteers.

After three months, you’ll have the opportunity to graduate into the Hardware Testing Internship.

 

Job Title: BETA Intern

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

Free Geek Supervisor: Amber Schmidt

Responsibilities

  • Learn Free Geek’s BETA procedures
  • Teach Hardware ID class to small groups of volunteers
  • Provide training and support for System Evaluation volunteers
  • Basic computer and electronic component testing
  • Keep System Evaluation area tidy
  • Implement data security procedures as needed
  • Keep abreast of BETA procedure updates
  • Joining the System Evaluation email discussion

Desired Qualifications

  • 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’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

 

Successful BETA Interns may advance to a Hardware Testing internship.

 

Hardware Testing Internship

 

As a Hardware Testing Intern, you’ll be upgraded to testing more complex technology, such as motherboards, peripheral cards, RAM, and processors. Through the Hardware Testing Internship, you’ll learn even more about computer hardware and get hands-on experience testing and researching electronics.

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

 

Job Title: Hardware Testing Intern

Prerequisite: BETA Internship

Hours Weekly: Min. 8 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Amber Schmidt

Responsibilities

  • Triage and test incoming hardware
  • 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

Desired Qualifications

  • Computer hardware knowledge and experience troubleshooting. Candidate should be comfortable changing out parts of her/his home computer.
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Detail-oriented
  • Not routine-averse
  • Basic internet research skills
  • Understanding of current electronics market is a plus

 

Successful Hardware Testing Interns may advance to a Build internship.

 

Build Internship

 

As a Build 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.

Note: In order to be eligible for the Build Internship, you must complete at least three months of the BETA Internship and the build program.

 

Job Title: Build Intern

Prerequisite: Hardware Testing Intern

Hours Weekly: Min. 4 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Amber Schmidt

Responsibilities

  • Learn Free Geek’s BETA procedures
  • Learn and teach Free Geek’s Hardware Identification
  • Teach Build Program volunteers
  • Answer volunteers’ questions regarding system evaluation and hardware identification, and consistently monitor their progress
  • Implement data security procedures as needed
  • Remain flexible and knowledgeable as build specifications and procedures and content change

Desired Qualifications

  • 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
  • Aptitude for learning detailed, complex tasks and protocols
  • Awareness of data security issues
  • Experience with Linux operating systems is a plus
  • Experience teaching or leading groups 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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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: Kyle Kasner

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

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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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Teaching Internship

 

Give back to the community by teaching a skill! We have a wide variety of classes at Free Geek, all taught by volunteer interns. Whether you’re good at electronics, programming, social media, or any other tech-related field, we’d love to let you share your expertise at Free Geek. This is a great way to get education experience.

 

Job Title: Teaching Intern

Hours Weekly: 2-6 hours/month

Length of Internship: Ongoing

Free Geek Supervisor: Walter Sebaste

Responsibilities

  • Set up computers and/or peripherals for each student in the class
  • Teach students of varying experience and ability basic computer skills
  • Teach students various classes about technology/computer/Internet use
  • Develop class content for our target students
  • Answer questions asked during class
  • Encourage students to take other available classes

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of basic computer use
  • A high level of patience
  • An interest in teaching people from a range of backgrounds
  • Enjoy and work well with people
  • Understand Free Geek and Open Source philosophy
  • Fluency in languages other than English is a big plus, but not required

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 for a large number of Linux 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 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 8 hours/week

Free Geek Supervisor: Scott Morris

Responsibilities

  • Learn the operating environment of the Freekbox (Ubuntu/GNU Linux stable releases)
  • 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 Build Program volunteers and instructors to solve tech support issues.
  • Perform computer swapping procedure when necessary
  • 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
  • Experience with at least one linux text editor (nano, vi, or vim, but not emacs)
  • An analytical approach to problem-solving
  • An aptitude for learning new computer software
  • High level of patience is a plus
  • Interest in teaching 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: Brian Keefer

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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