Encore Fellows™ Program

Eligible Intel retirees are U.S. GFT or PTE Retirement Eligible Employees (Rules 55/65/75)

Intel Encore Fellow Application

Intel Eligible Employees only

Encore Fellowships are a transitional pathway for eligible retirees wishing to contribute to the greater good after leaving Intel. In this new stage of work, an Encore Fellowship provides greater flexibility and an opportunity to connect in a high-impact way to the local community.

Virtual and in-person Encore Fellowships are available.

How Intel Encore Fellowships Work


  • Must apply before your last day of employment
  • Must begin fellowship within 6 months of your retirement date
  • Intel confirms eligibility, then assigns the applicant to a local Program Operator to begin the matching process with hosts
  • Matches are based on mutual agreement only, a match is not guaranteed


  • Program Operators match applicants to ensure cultural fit, skills match, area of interest and the opportunity to make an impact
  • Intel is not involved in the matching process
  • Nonprofits are vetted for their readiness to leverage applicant skill sets


  • Assignment lasts between 6 to 12 months, part or full time
  • Commitment to work 1,000 hours
  • Stipend of $25,000

Fellows are embedded as part of the host organizations’ staff, which allows them to deliver greater impact than they could as volunteers, board members or short-term consultants. Throughout the year, the Program Operator brings local Fellows and social-sector executives together to share their experiences and offers other networking opportunities.

Intel’s Encore STEM Diversity Fellowships
Available in Oakland, CA

  • Encore Fellowships in STEM organizations
  • Limited fellowships available for Oakland STEM Fellowships
  • Oakland Encore Fellows™ receive a $50,000 stipend
  • Note your interest on your Encore Fellowships Program application


For Intel retirement questions:
[email protected]
For Intel Encore Career Fellowships questions:
[email protected]

Meet Some Recent Intel Fellows

Fred Gyger

Intel Encore Career Fellow Fred Gyger  Fred became the logistics manager for the ReSale stores for Habitat for Humanity, Charlotte County, developing processes and procedures for consistency throughout all the stores. He then was asked to manage all four stores.  After finishing his fellowship, Fred continues today to manage the stores.

“This job has changed my outlook on what’s truly important. It hits home, how you were able to make a difference in somebody’s life.”

Jeffrey Fox

Intel Encore Fellow Jeffrey Fox has over 44 years of experience as an engineer and manager in the semiconductor industry.  He recently retired from Intel Programmable Solutions group after 19 years working on the design,  verification, and delivery of customizable circuit modules (IP) for FPGAs.

In his new role as education and operations liaison at Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT), Jeff will apply his knowledge, skills and experience to RAFT’s mission of helping educators transform the learning experience through “hands-on” education that inspires the joy and discovery of learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I still work and be paid by Intel?
Intel Encore Career Fellows work for their host social impact organization. Although Intel funds the fellowship, the host organization pays the Fellow directly.
What kind of roles do Encore Fellows™ do?
Almost any role found in business is also needed in the non-profit world.

  • Process improvement – improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations; improve quality management and processes
  • Planning– lead or coordinate strategic, sustainability or operational planning processes
  • IT support – assist NPOs in getting the most out of their IT environment
  • Leadership and management development – assess management practices and create actionable plans
  • Administration– Support and improve administrative processes and office management
  • Performance management – design and implement an accountability system, including leadership, job structure, metrics and goals
  • Program support and implementation: implement a program or service or provide administrative, analytic or implementation support
  • Marketing and communications – help deliver coherent, compelling messaging
  • Human resources – strengthen HR policies, structures, systems, and practices
  • Facilities management – coordinate construction plans and manage facilities
What kind of nonprofits do Encore Fellows™ work for?

Partial Listing

Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Abilities United
Abode Services
Art in Action
Community Gatepath
Catholic Charities
Children’s Discovery Museum
Citizen Schools
Ecology Action
Family Giving Tree
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
Humane Society Silicon Valley
Krause Center for Innovation
March of Dimes
Marine Science Institute
Music for Minors
Pacific School of Religion
Partners in School Innovation
Playing at Learning
Resource Area for Teaching
Second Harvest Food Bank

Sacramento, CA

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento
Center for Community Health and Well-Being, Inc.
Center for Fathers and Families
Mission Focused Solutions
Placer Community Foundation
Powerhouse Science Center
Rebuilding Together Sacramento
Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project

Portland, OR, Metro area

Centro Cultural
Children’s Institute
Friends of the Children
Impact Northwest
Metropolitan Family Service
New Avenues for Youth
Portland Schools Foundation
The Shadow Project
Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Maricopa County, AZ

Arizona Forward
Chandler Public Library
City of Phoenix
Desert Botanical Garden
F.O.R. Maricopa Food Bank
Hacienda Health Care
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue
Treasures 4 Teachers
Trout Unlimited
United Way of Pinal County
US Vets-Phoenix
United Food Bank
University of Arizona Extension
Voices for CASA Children

Rio Rancho/Albuquerque,

Albuquerque Film & Music Experience
Animal Humane Society
Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico
Cornucopia Adult Day Services
Habitat for Humanity
Metropolitan Homelessness Project
Roadrunner Food Bank
WESST (Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team)

Hudson, MA

Edward Street Services
Audobon Society

Seattle/Tacoma, WA

Climate Solutions Group
Social Venture Partners

Application Tips

Tip 1: Become familiar with Encore Fellows™ programs and nonprofit host organizations in your region.
Visit the Encore Fellowships Program Directory to find information about Encore Fellow programs near you. Each regional or local program has a website with information about its particular focus and nonprofit host organizations. By researching potential nonprofit websites in advance, you’ll develop a clearer idea about how you can help a nonprofit fulfill its mission. If you have already done community work or other volunteering, be sure to describe it in your application. If not, you may want to become familiar with the various nonprofit organizations in your community and get involved before retirement as a volunteer, fundraiser, event worker or member of a nonprofit board.

If the region where you are interested in doing a fellowship does not currently have a program, you can still apply to be an Intel Encore Fellow and will try to locate a match on a best-efforts basis.

Tip 2: Familiarize yourself with the application process and deadlines.
The Encore Fellows™ application process is very similar to a standard hiring process. It involves an online application and resume submission, followed by interviews.  Please note that you must apply before leaving Intel in order to be sponsored as an Intel Encore Fellow. Fellowships must begin no later than 6 months after you have separated from Intel.
Tip 3: Assess your skills and interests and their value in a nonprofit environment.
Although the typical Intel work environment is very different from most nonprofits, the knowledge, skills and abilities you have developed in your career will include many that transfer well to a new sector. General skills like teamwork, problem-solving, oral and written communications and project management are common and valued in almost all work environments. Of course, many functions exist in both environments, including accounting and finance, human resources and IT. In addition, specific expertise in areas such as technology, purposeful use of data, process improvement, quality management, marketing and communications are highly valued in many social-purpose organizations.

You may also have relevant skills and experience from outside of your work at Intel that you should highlight. For example, you may want to incorporate involvement in your children’s schools, in your church or other community organizations, or any volunteer work coordinated on your own or through Intel Community Affairs.

Tip 4: Connect your experience with likely needs of nonprofit organizations.
Be prepared to describe your experience from the perspective of a nonprofit. Nonprofit managers are likely to be as interested in your general life experience, communications and work style and personal passions as in your Intel job experience. Pay attention to organizational culture and interpersonal relationships and communication, both of which may be of particular interest to many nonprofits, and may be of greater relevance than specific job titles or skills.

Also provide insight into your motivations — explaining why you’re eager to work on the specific social issues. Be sure to show a high degree of respect for the work — and the complexity — of nonprofit work. Express your business savvy as an asset, and promote your willingness to adapt to a nonprofit’s needs. Approach your fellowship assignment in a “learning stance.”

Tip 5: Tailor your application and resume to a nonprofit.
In completing your application and resume, you may want to “translate” your Intel corporate experience – which often contains highly technical jargon and acronyms familiar to you – in  ways that are most valuable and understandable to a nonprofit and other social-purpose organization.

We recommend that you “tailor” a version of your resume to emphasize generic skills and abilities that will be more relevant to a general audience. Avoid technical in-house jargon.  The following examples illustrate this approach.

Area of experience or expertise: problem solving and management

  • Say this: Significant experience with sophisticated software products, complex problem-solving and management of highly collaborative project teams.
  • Not this: Expert level experience with RTL simulation and validation with the development of leading-edge simulation engine systems.

Area of experience or expertise: process improvement, quality control and analysis

  • Say this: Significant training and practical experience with structured process improvement methods. Expert in data analysis and critical thinking skills, especially applied to quality process management.
  • Not this: Discovered the root cause of a particle issue plaguing a Solvent Strip Tool, which was programmed for a 60-slot Opti-sensor wheel but was mistakenly fitted with a 30-slot wheel, resulting in the tool operating at twice its normal speed since a retrofit two years earlier.

Area of experience or expertise: Technical skills – software, data analysis, training

  • Say this: Extensive work with complex software systems, process data analysis and development of training modules. Excellent communications ability, including technical writing skills.
  • Not this: Thoroughly familiar with MES300 software, OHV delivery, and tool operation. Developed and implemented training procedures for technicians and engineers assigned to the EPI module. Writes specifications to include RFCs..

Area of experience or expertise: Training, teamwork, troubleshooting and safety

  • Say this: Responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of clean room equipment, including training others. Extensive team-based work experience, including remote and virtual teams.
  • Not this: Level-3 Metal Etch Equipment Technician responsible for the periodic maintenance and troubleshooting of Hitachi 308 metal etchers.

Area of experience or expertise: Financial analysis and management, collaboration and communications

  • Say this: Ensure accurate cost-accounting for large production facility. Provide managers with clear and useful reports of costs and inventories. Requires skills in accounting, data analysis, written communications and cross-team collaboration.
  • Not this: Calculate, book and analyze monthly wafer yield variances for 200mm fab, including adjusting for volume-related overhead application anomalies. Produce 8WD Fab CVI report.
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