Silicon Valley Internship Summit Thursday, November 6, 2014


Microsoft Silicon Valley
1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA 94043 



7:30am - 1:00pm

(pastries, coffee & lunch included)





Seating is limited



Foothill College, SJSU, Year-Up, NOVA, Blach Construction, the Two-County Next Generation Committee, & Internbound




Educators (pdf) Employers (pdf)











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Palo Alto University Logo


Palo Alto Networks Logo


Foothill College



Nova Logo


BLACH Construction



Year Up Logo


Intern bound Logo




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City of San Jose Logo


Logo of Lucile Packard Hospital


Logo of PWC


San Jose Mercury News Logo


Young Professionals Ready for Work




The Silicon Valley Internship Summit webpage is managed by the SJSU Career Center

The Silicon Valley Internship Summit 2014 is designed to bring industry and education together to learn from each other and find ways to increase and improve internships. By partnering, we can create meaningful internship opportunities that will help power the economic and workforce engines of Silicon Valley.

Learn how to incorporate talented interns into your business, special project or individual program. Attract & prepare talent for the 21st Century economy as you network with Silicon Valley education and business leaders.

Who should attend:

  • Educators
  • Industry Leaders
  • Internship Coordinators
  • Service Providers
  • Self-Employed Individuals
  • Small-Business Owners
  • Special Projects Managers
  • Non-Profit Administrators



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Bill Symonds

Director of Global Pathways Institute & Professor of Practice at Arizona State University





Full List of Speaker Bios



Welcome Remarks

Dr. Linda Thor, Chancellor of Foothill-De Anza C.C.D


Speaker: Bill Symonds, lead author of groundbreaking Harvard study, Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the challenge of preparing young Americans for the 21st Century.

 9:15AM  BREAK

1a) Internships 101: Starting and Growing an Internship Program

Daniel Newell & John Salangsang, San Jose State University, Career Center

More businesses are deciding to create internship programs as a best practice. Learn how to recruit interns to help your business grow by recruiting the next generation workforce: the "Milennials." 


1b) Internship Success Stories: Employer & Intern Perspectives

Khashayar "Cash" Alaee, City of Palo Alto & Silicon Valley Local Government

Come listen to passionate supervisors who create win-win internship experiences for them and their interns through training and professional development.


1c) Internship Pathways to Employers

Panel: David M. Steele, Ph. D. (Dean of the SJSU College of Business & Lucas Graduate School of Business), K. Allison Meezan (Foothill College GIS Instructor), Marianne Cartan (Director of Silicon Valley Career Technical Education)

Facilitated by John Hiester, Year-Up 

Panel of educators from 4-year, community college, and high school level discuss their experiences with connecting and matching students with employers. How are interested students connected to employers? How employers should utilize interns from the various levels of education.

 10:15AM  BREAK 

2a) Internships 201: Improving an Internship Program

Tierney Siler, Blach Construction Company

Whether you already have an established internship program or are just at the beginning of developing yours, learn about best practices for managing, mentoring, training, and retaining the best and brightest interns. 


2b) Legal Aspects of Internships

John Shupe, Attorney for Foothill-De Anza College

Discuss some of the legal issues that employers should be aware of about interns. Unveil the answers to these questions: 1. How an "intern" is classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act? 2. What are the employer's obligations? 3. Should interns be paid or not paid? Bring your questions! 


2c) Work Based Learning: The School - Business Partnership

 Bill Symonds, Director of Global Pathways Institute & Patrick Ainsworth, Former Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education in the California Department of Education

Work-based learning is a continuum of work-related  experiences that help prepare students for careers by connecting what students learn in the classroom to the conditions and expectations of the workplace. This session focuses on attendees needs within the context of California’s current situation.  It will highlight examples that schools and businesses can adopt ranging from informal visitations, mentoring and paid internships. The presenters will discuss recent innovations involving work-based learning, and practical recommendations for schools and employers.

 11:15AM  BREAK 

Learn from the Pros - How Larger Employers Operate Their Internship Programs 

Panel: Paul Sledd (University Staffing Consultant at Microsoft), Karen Miller Morris (Head of Talent Strategy and Innovation with CISCO), Tina Knauss (Assurance Partner with PwC), Ekta Vyas (Director of Talent Acquisition with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford) and Joseph Angelo (Director of Human Resources Dept. for City of San Jose)

Facilitated by Barbara Marshman, San Jose Mercury News

Panel of large employers from private sector, healthcare and local government discuss their perspectives and best practices on running a successful internship program. 



For questions, please contact Phuong Tran, Internships & Apprenticeship Coordinator for Foothill Community College -