“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
Eligible Intel employees can apply year-round. Once confirmation of eligibility is received, the Intel Encore Career Fellow applicant will be assigned to a local Encore Fellows program operator who will start the selection and matching process. In order to find the best possible mutual match, Intel employee applicants are strongly encouraged to apply several months in advance of their planned retirement date.
The fellowship period begins after the Intel retiree has terminated and separated from the company, but the employee must apply before separation. Actual start dates and work schedules are based on agreements among the Fellow, nonprofit Host and local program director. The assignment typically lasts six to 12 months, half or full time, and involves a commitment to work (on average) 1,000 hours. Fellows are paid a set annual stipend of $25,000.
Each program is managed by a local program operator in partnership with Encore.org. The program operator 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.
“Lauren brought talents we didn’t know we needed. Her work was 3X what we expected. We plan to bring on more retirees because of the expertise and experience they bring.” –Shannon Malloy, Director of Development and Operations, Cure JM
Intel’s Encore STEM Diversity Fellowship
Employees interested in a STEM related program may apply for Intel’s Encore STEM Diversity Fellowship in Oakland, CA. Recognizing the additional commute time required, Oakland Encore Fellows will receive a $50,000 stipend. There are limited fellowships available for Oakland STEM applicants, so please note your interest on your Encore Fellows Program application.