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Internship Programs

Career Paths
Interview Tips

Make a big splash before you graduate.

What’s it like to work for a wireless technology powerhouse while you’re still working on your degree? Our intern programs are designed to give you real-world work projects, face time with seasoned mentors and plenty of opportunities for fun and networking.

More than 800 international interns and co-ops come to work, learn and even teach on Qualcomm campuses every year. We offer three- to nine-month internships throughout the school year and we’re proud that about 60 percent of our interns become full-time employees at Qualcomm when they graduate.

Take a closer look: amazing technology, a culture that can boost your career during and after your academics, and opportunities that turn into great careers. And don’t forget to connect with our recruiters to begin a dialogue.

Start you own career plan - now

An internship can be the ideal time to start crafting your career plan. At Qualcomm every intern gets a mentor—a “go-to” person who can explain everything from how Qualcomm is organized to how to get the resources you need for a project you’re working on. Your mentor can also offer real-world advice to help you get everything you want from your internship. If you join Qualcomm as a full-time employee, your mentor may continue to be a resource for you throughout your career. Of course, you’ll continue your academic pursuits during your internship. Here’s a quick overview of our training and continuing education resources:
  • Live classroom sessions, web-based programs and computer-based training in technical and professional areas such as leadership development, supervisory skills, time management and advanced wireless technology.
  • Online development tools to help you customize your professional development and align your learning with company goals and objectives.
  • An Executive Speaker Series developed specifically for interns. Learn-first hand from the best minds in the industry.
  • An award-winning learning center that provides leading-edge learning and development solutions for local, regional and international offices.
  • A comprehensive library filled with educational and technical resources.

Many of our internship positions are located at our headquarters, but there are opportunities available in our other U.S. and international development centers. Interns requiring relocation receive fully furnished temporary housing and flights to and from their university, as well as a personalized relocation counselor. We help take the logistical headaches out of your move.

World map showing Qualcomm's many locations

Qualcomm has 150+ locations. Our headquarters is in San Diego, California. Other major offices include Raleigh, Silicon Valley, Boulder, Austin, London, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Beijing, and Hsinchu.

Prepare and succeed.

When you’re selected for an on-site interview, a member of the recruiting team will guide you through the process from trip arrangements and online application docs to pre-interview prep.

Expect at least two technical interviews either on your campus, our campus or over the phone. Spontaneity and improvisation are great, but the better you’re prepared, the more confident you’ll be—and that’s a real advantage.

Here are a few tips to help you gain an edge through the interview process:

  • Research successful interviewing techniques. Preview common questions. Think through your responses, then practice (yes, out loud) to enhance your communications skills.
  • Do your homework: study our website to learn about Qualcomm and our industry. Showing your interest in our world is always impressive.
  • Have a few personal stories in mind that demonstrate your problem-solving skills. And be prepared to talk about your course work, your role on projects and your work experience.

And some general pointers you probably already know, but just in case:

  • Be punctual. It’s a fundamental sign of respect.
  • Ask questions. Interviews are a dialogue. We enjoy being asked questions that show genuine interest in our company.
  • Be buttoned up. Pack extra resumes, pens and notepad.
  • Be buttoned up, part two. Yes, we have a casual workplace, but dressing appropriately always makes a better first impression.
  • And finally, send (or email) a thank-you note. All else being equal, expressing sincere appreciation to the recruiter for taking time to meet with you could tip the scales in your favor.

Good luck!

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