Hailey of High Tech High International gives a tour of her 11th grade internship at Qualcomm and talks about being one of only a few females to intern there.
HAILEY: My mentor is Cherie. And she is basically the manager of a Lab Ops Group, which is a group of people that basically go around and fix or install things that engineers need to engineer the chips that they’re working on.
So this is the actual lab that some of the engineers were working. As you can see, there’s a lot of just random–
CHERIE: It’s a mess.
HAILEY: –stuff, Yes. But this is where they make all of the things and come up with all their ideas and stuff like that.
CHERIE: It’s definitely different working in a dull environment. It’s not high school. So it’s been really interesting to adapt to that.
HAILEY: There’s definitely a lot of meetings that we go to, which is just– It’s a lot of utilization management which is basically just like making sure everything is optimized to the best of its ability. And then, yeah, we had to work on a Maserati.
So that was pretty cool. They have the Snapdragon chip. And they put it on these different operating systems and they showcase it in the Maserati. So we got to– I actually got to exhibit that in my IPOL.
In the meetings I was talking about there’s obviously like a lot of girls, which are like they’re in charge and stuff like that. That’s why they’re in that meeting.
Just in this specific Lab Ops field, there’s only two. But it’s been cool to be, I guess, like a more minority kind of because it’s obviously not common.
Am I only the second intern, that’s a girl you’ve got in?
HAILEY: Yeah. For internship, I definitely knew I wanted to be an engineer, but I didn’t really know what type. I just knew I wanted to kind of go into a STEM field, like math and stuff like that.
But like really coming into internships here at Qualcomm, I’ve learned that there’s so many different types of engineers that . really like any type of passion I have, I could go into engineering for that, which is pretty cool. I definitely wouldn’t have known that without interning here.