“Encore Fellowships have helped our retiring employees explore their next stage of life and re-imagine retirement.”
Amber Wiseley, Intel Human Resources
How the Program Works
As an attractive transitional option for Intel’s current US employees who are retiring, Encore Fellowships fit well with the new Intel “phased retirement” program. The Intel pilot program is available to active US employees (General Full-time or General Part-time) in good standing who meet Intel’s US retirement eligibility criteria and are not on an Improvement Required and/or Corrective Action Plan. Eligible employees must apply, be approved, log their retirement date, and match before separating from Intel in order to qualify.
Eligible Intel employees can apply year-round, but should inquire about the timeline and scheduling preferences of local programs. We will do our best to accommodate your application timing within the scheduling processes of the programs and ask for your support for the time needed to explore a quality match for the Fellow and the Work Host. Intel employee applicants are strongly encouraged to apply several months in advance of their planned retirement date.
The fellowship period itself begins after the Intel retiree has terminated and separated from the company, but the match must occur before separation. Actual start dates and work schedules are based on agreements among the Fellow, nonprofit Work Hosts and local program director. The assignment typically lasts six to 12 months, half or full time, and involves a commitment to 1,000 hours of work. Fellows are paid a set annual stipend of $25,000 and receive 6 months of paid COBRA coverage.
Each program is managed by a local program operator in partnership with Encore.org. The program operator develops roles for the fellows and coordinates the application and matching process. Applicants are carefully matched by the Program Operator with host organizations to ensure a cultural fit, skills match, compatibility with work environment and area of interest, position availability, and the ability to make an impact. Nonprofits are vetted for their readiness to apply the talents of the applicant. The matches are based on mutual agreement only and a match is not guaranteed. Intel is not involved in the matching process.
Fellows are embedded as part of the nonprofit staff. This practice allows them to deliver greater impact than the fellows could as volunteers, board members or short-term consultants. Throughout the year, the program operator brings local fellows and nonprofit executives together to share their experiences and offers other networking opportunities.
Intel Encore Fellow Application Tips
For tips on applying to be an Encore Fellow and creating a resume, click on the link below. For additional help with resume-writing, you can also go to the Intel My Learning tool on the Intel employee intranet, and type in “Resume Writing” to take a resume writing session.
Encore Fellow Application Tips and Resume Help