BETA Intern

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Note: BETA stands for Build Evaluation Test Area. BETA interns will learn all aspects of System Evaluation, Hardware Test & Build. System Evaluation at Free Geek involves determining if a computer system should be reused or recycled and the removal of components so they can be inventoried and tested.

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 Title = BETA Intern
 Hours_weekly = At least 8 hours/week
 Days = At least 1 day/week
 Length = Minimum 3 months
 Training = Orientation and Training Provided
 Supervisor = Kevin
= Responsibilities = 
  • Learn Free Geek's system evaluation procedures
  • Teach system evaluation to Build Program volunteers
  • Be available for questions from volunteers regarding system evaluation, and consistently check up on their progress
  • Keep system evaluation area tidy
  • Implement data security procedures as needed
  • Update your own knowledge and teachings as system evaluation procedures change
  • Joining the system evaluation email discussion list as appropriate
  • Possibly teach card sorting to new Build Program volunteers
= Desired Qualifications = 
  • While some knowledge of computer hardware is desired, a commitment to teaching, process, and the comfort of our volunteers is more important than hardware knowledge
  • Understanding of Free Geek and Open Source philosophy
  • Aptitude for learning detailed, complex tasks and protocols
  • Awareness of data security issues
  • Good listener
  • Comfortable with making decisions as part of a group

Successful BETA Interns may advance to a Hardware Testing

= Responsibilities =
  • Triage and test incoming hardware
  • Follow documentation for testing procedures of various electronics
  • Share in ensuring the functionality of the area: maintain organization of work area, cleaning up after oneself after the end of each shift, help with recycling and correct routing of gizmos
  • Teach Hardware Testing procedures to new volunteers as needed
  • Research and document the strange and the unknown (often!)
  • Document advanced testing procedures for new volunteers
  • Potential to create and document new tests for odd gizmos
= Desired Qualifications =
  • Computer hardware knowledge and experience troubleshooting. Candidate should be comfortable changing out parts of her/his home computer.
  • A desire to learn and try new things
  • Able to follow directions
  • Detail-oriented
  • Not routine-averse
  • Good prioritization skills
  • Comfortable using Search Engines
  • Understanding of current electronics market a plus

BETA Interns may also advance to Build

As a BETA intern in the Build Room you will be responsible for helping volunteers as needed and Building Grant Boxes for Free Geeks Grant Program.

= Responsibilities =
  • Learn Free Geek’s BETA procedures
  • Learn and teach Free Geek’s Hardware Identification
  • Teach Build Program volunteers
  • Answer volunteer’s questions regarding system evaluation and hardware identification, and consistently monitor their progress
  • Implement data security procedures as needed
  • Remain flexible and knowledgeable as build specifications and procedures and content change
= Desired Qualifications =
  • Show up to all scheduled shifts or provide timely notification to Free Geek if unable to show up
  • While some knowledge of computer hardware is desired, a commitment to teaching, process, and the comfort of our volunteers is more important than hardware knowledge.
  • Understanding of Free Geek and Open Source philosophy
  • Aptitude for learning detailed, complex tasks and protocols
  • Awareness of data security issues
  • Good listener
  • Comfortable making decision as part of a group
= Benefits: =

This position is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable job skills, make a difference for people and the environment, and make connections in the community. Active volunteers are eligible to receive a 20% discount on items in the Free Geek Thrift Store and to become a member of the First Tech Credit Union . Free Geek also offers free computer classes to volunteers. In addition, interns can choose to receive a free computer after volunteering 24 hours in our internship program. To apply Please fill out our interest form, and we’ll get back to you soon. Back to internship list


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