You will not have too much interaction with the upper management. You will probably work with a mentor that your manager assigns to you. However, getting in touch with other people from other groups or from upper management can definitely help you. I strongly suggest you to find people working on the subjects you are interested in and at least talk to them to benefit from their experience although it may not be related to your work there. Particularly, you can utilize your lunch times to talk to others.
As a technician, you won't have much interaction with upper management. I would recommend establishing a good working relationship with your direct manager, who can advocate for you to upper management levels. In my experience, there weren't any issues with management, and they were supportive and somewhat flexible as long as you are a good worker.
It depends on you. If you are personable and make friends easy, you might be able to make friends with upper management and receive mentoring. Some folks are nice, some are not, just like everywhere else.
Former Austin MS/PhD Level Intern – Mixed Signal Verification Intern at Intel Corp
about 2 years ago
Support - Managers are very supportive to their interns. The work hours are flexible. Typically it requires to meet deadlines for the deliverables. One can come late and leave early in the office but at the same time to meet deliverables one might work after hours as well. If an Intern has a class, they can skip 1-2 hours during day time to attend the class but it is required to meet deliverable deadlines. If it is more than 2-3 hours skipping in daytime for multiple days in a regular basis, then manager might convert the intern to part time MWF or TTh workdays only and the salary will be adjusted accordingly.
Well, as an intern my connection with the upper management are very limited to none. However, you can request to meet anybody at Intel (if they have time for you). You can also choose a mentor (anyone you like, doesn’t have to be from your team) and work with that person to have a career path or get advice from him about the work culture, challenges etc.
It depends on how far up the management chain you are asking about. Intel is a large corporation with at least 10 levels of management leading up to the CEO. While the very top of the management chain is focused on the bottom line, the lower levels, those directly above site level contributors, value the role of EHS. Intel is focused on establishing itself as a leader in environmental issues and the individual engineers value their contributions and compliance with environmental regulations.