This summer, 110 Arizona undergraduate students will have the chance to participate in the Intel Ultimate Engineering Experience (I.U.E.E.).

According to the Intel website, a strategy was proposed in 2011 by the High Tech Education Team, a part of the President’s Council on Jobs and Effectiveness, to increase the number of engineering graduates in the U.S. Part of this strategy included a commitment from Intel and other companies to double the number of internships offered to engineering students.

In 2012, Intel introduced the I.U.E.E., a program specifically designed to target students at national universities and community colleges in order to keep them motivated about completing their engineering degrees. This summer the program will be offered over a six-week period at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC), 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler. The program is full and applications are no longer being accepted. 

According to Cindy Barnes Pharr, dean of community affairs at CGCC, the program will provide hands-on technical engineering experience through a variety of technical skill development activities, team-based project work, competitions, professional skill development, networking and social activities. Specifically, participants will be building a robot, developing an app, and acting like entrepreneurs to create and develop solutions to improve people’s lives.

“The program is intended to help inspire the next generation of engineers and help them realize that engineering is really boundary-less,” said Cynthia Del Frate, program manager for the I.U.E.E.

According to Del Frate, students will not only have the opportunity to work with Intel engineers, but also professionals who will help the students develop strong resumes and interviewing skills. This program also gives Intel the opportunity to identify and connect with top local talent, and gives students the opportunity to network.

“A powerful network will get you everywhere, not only for finding a job, but for career growth,” Del Frate added.

The I.U.E.E. is only offered to freshmen and sophomores, but internships with Intel that are open to all students can be found by exploring its traditional internship programs and postings at

• Jeremy Bush is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.

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