Intel Encore Career Fellowships are aimed at active Intel U.S. employees who are retiring and wish to transition to a new stage of work with local nonprofit organizations, where they help the organization build capacity, operate more efficiently, and, ultimately, have a broader impact on their communities.

In the first two years of the program, 200 retiring Intel employees became Encore Fellows, demonstrating that the Encore Career Fellowships Program fits exceptionally well with Intel’s U.S. Retirement Services’ goal of making the important life transition beyond midlife work into a positive experience for its workers and the company.

The program offers eligible retirees:

  • purposeful and flexible work beyond retirement (includes a stipend);
  • a positive connection to Intel and to their local community; and
  • a structured introduction to a network of new relationships and new opportunities

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Intel Encore Fellow Randy Stuart, right, with Mike Mansfield, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte County, Florida - Randy relocated from the Northeast to Punta Gorda, Florida, and became an onsite Construction Project Manager for Habitat for Humanity. He coordinated volunteers, staff, and future homeowners and built new, affordable, and safe housing in the community. After finishing his Fellowship, Randy became a full-time Construction Supervisor.

Encore Fellowships provide a way for Intel employees to expand their contributions to their communities. Intel has invested a great deal in its workforce and is happy to see that investment pay dividends as retirees work to help improve the quality of life in local communities. Intel retirees offer unique skills based on the depth and focus of their training and management over the course of their career.

Intel retirees bring a wealth of practical experience in communications, process improvement, information technology, planning, operations, administration, performance management, human resources, financial management and engineering – skills that can have a major impact on their nonprofit hosts.

Extending beyond Intel’s historical commitment to employee volunteerism, Encore Fellows further strengthen social-purpose organizations in a new and innovative way: by participating in community programs that leverage the talent of an Intel retiree in a sustained manner.

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"I am having the time of my life at the Brevard Zoo. I assist with workshops at area schools, community centers, and parks. It is hard work but they really needed the help and I truly am enjoying myself. So far so good. Love the zoo!"

Kathy Quiett, 2014 Intel Encore Fellow in Palm Bay, Florida

"I have a lot of time left and there’s a whole other world out there outside of Intel that I want to explore...I kind of think of my Encore Fellowship as graduating from high school or leaving home for the first time."

Renee Rhiner, 2012 Intel Encore Fellow in Portland, OR
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Watch John Owens talk about his
experience as an Encore Fellow
sponsored by Intel and what he
hopes to accomplish with his Arizona
nonprofit host, The Centers for
Habilitation. (Click photo to play.)

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Watch Joan Wyatt talk about her
experience as an Intel Encore Fellow
at the Center for Fathers and Families
in Sacramento, CA. Joan shares the
story of her transition from Intel to the
nonprofit sector and what she hopes
to accomplish during her fellowship.
(Click the photo.)

Video length – 2:01


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 mgmt - coordinate construction plans and manage facilities

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Intel Encore Fellow Steven Walgren, right, with the crew at Energy Resource Center in Colorado Springs, CO - Upon his retirement, Steve "moved back home" to Colorado. As a 2013 Encore Fellow at Energy Resource Center, he was responsible for repairing and maintaining the equipment and training the work crews to improve the efficiency of the equipment and materials. ERC provides weatherization services to keep homes for low-income families warm and safe and to protect the environment in several rural Colorado counties. Steve also delivered training on a statewide basis.

Jim Nicholson

Jim Nicholson started his career at Digital Equipment Corporation in 1973 and worked at Intel from 1998-2013, with a final role as a Technical Marketing Manager. Jim joined The Trustees for the Reservations(TTOR) in 2014 as their Stewardship Operations Encore Fellow. Jim assists in the property management and planning for the Trustee's Doyle Community Park and Center.

"In my new role I’m able to take my lifelong love of the outdoors to help preserve and promote Doyle Community Park & Center for public use and enjoyment for Leominster residents and the surrounding communities.”

Jim Nicholson, 2014 Encore Fellow at The Trustee for Reservations, Leominster, MA

"I can't even begin to tell you how wonderfully helpful Jim has been since his start in January. He has dived right in, and to be honest, I am continuously impressed with the knowledge and skills he brings to the job everyday. And most importantly, I think he is quite happy with the experience so far. He spent the other day on the tractor and when I went to check on him, his response was "I can't believe I get paid to do this, Jason."

Jason Hill, CEO, The Trustee for Reservations, Leominster, MA


Climate Solutions Communications and Marketing
Seattle, WA
Climate Solutions’ mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming. The Fellow will design and execute communications efforts with target audiences to further establish thought leadership in the climate/clean energy space, motivate key audiences to take specific actions, improve fundraising, and elevate the overall organizational profile.

Sawmill Community Land Trust, Community Garden Manager
Albuquerque, NM
Provide leadership to the Garden Management Committee of this low income housing project in a historic district of Albuquerque with the goal of creating a sense of community and neighborhood engagement based on shared gardens and orchards. Develop by-laws, guidelines and procedures covering all aspects of the garden areas and orchards to insure long term sustainability. Provide technical guidance and assistance in the layout and execution of irrigation and planting systems.

To see a list of other openings in your area, click here.


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 has partnered with Encore.org, the originator of Encore Fellows, to participate in an Encore Fellows pilot for U.S. pre-retirees as part of the new Intel Retirement Services program.

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Interested employees are encouraged to speak with the Intel program lead, Rick Henderson (encore.fellows.program@intel.com) or their local Community Affairs representative. To download an Intel Encore Fellows Program Brochure, click here.

Important Note: Eligible Intel employees must use the links on this page to the special Intel Encore Fellows online application form rather than the general application forms found on the websites listed below.

For more information about your local program and timelines, please contact your nearest organization. Applicants who are interested in Fellowships outside these locations are also invited to apply, but should allow more time for the matching process.

Hillsboro OR site:
Social Venture Partners Portland
Steve Maser

Rio Rancho NM site:
Center for Non Profit Excellence, United Way of Central New Mexico
Amy Duggan

Chandler and Ocotillo AZ site:
Maricopa County Encore Fellows
Nora Hannah

Folsom CA site:
American Leadership Forum - Mountain Valley Sacramento and Sierra Region Encore Fellows
Karen Nelson

Santa Clara CA site:
Silicon Valley Encore Fellows
Program page on this site
Gina Cassinelli

Hudson MA site:
Encore.org Encore Fellows
Leslye Louie

Dupont WA site:
Social Venture Partners Encore Fellows
Jim McGinley

Intel applicants should return to this site to apply.
To apply to become an Intel Encore Fellow, click here.


In a major expansion of the Encore Fellows program, Intel is offering its active U.S. employees who are eligible to retire the chance to apply for Encore Fellowships.

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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


Silicon Valley/Bay Area
Abilities United
Citizen Schools
Mid Peninsula Community Media Center
Music for Minors
Partners in School Innovation
Resource Area for Teaching
Second Harvest Food Bank
Sunnyvale Community Services

Portland Metro
Children's Institute
Metropolitan Family Service
Friends of the Children
New Avenues for Youth Inc.
The Shadow Project

Rio Rancho/Albuquerque
Center for Nonprofit Excellence, United Way
Children's Grief Center
Cornucopia Adult Day Services
Roadrunner Food Bank

Sacramento CA
Boys and Girls Clubs
Center for Fathers and Families
El Dorado Community Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
Powerhouse Science Center
Rebuilding Together Sacramento
Soil Born Farms

Maricopa County
Valley of the Sun United Way
Balsz Elementary School District
John C. Lincoln Health Network
Tempe Community Action AgencyMore >


"I thoroughly enjoyed my career at Intel. But as with all things it was time to explore other opportunities. When Human Resources told me about Encore Fellows, I felt that synchronicity was playing a role in my decision to do my part to help people in need. The fact that I had Intel's blessing made it an easier decision to retire and do what my heart felt I needed to do."

-John Owens, 2012 Intel Encore Fellow from Phoenix, AZ

"At this point Renee is playing a key role in a series of projects. Some of her tools are now being used by others. Her impact is felt just by how she does her job."

-Mark Young, Chief Operating Officer, Friends of the Children, Work Host for Intel Encore Fellow Renee Rhiner, Portland, OR

"Having Ken, a skilled person who brings something we could never have done on our own, is wonderful. Anytime Ken comes in and opens his laptop to show us something he’s been working on, we all go - that’s so great! Wow! - It’s so exciting.”

-Sonja Palmer, Executive Director, Music 4 Minors, Work Host for Intel Encore Fellow Ken Wolff, Mountain View, CA