About our Volunteer Interns

Sarah Yung , Los Altos High School   Interests:  Math, Chemistry, Physics, Music, Education, Tutoring   Projects:  Blogging, Creative Writing, Company Collateral Production, Laptop Drive

Sarah Yung, Los Altos High School

Interests: Math, Chemistry, Physics, Music, Education, Tutoring

Projects: Blogging, Creative Writing, Company Collateral Production, Laptop Drive

Bill Shao , Los Altos High School   Interests : Gold USACO coding competitions, tennis, debate   Projects : Computer in the Box, Research-based projects, problematic laptops troubleshooting (hardware/software)

Bill Shao, Los Altos High School

Interests: Gold USACO coding competitions, tennis, debate

Projects: Computer in the Box, Research-based projects, problematic laptops troubleshooting (hardware/software)

Artin Davari , Los Altos High School   Interests : Computers, technology, computer science, hardware, software   Projects:  Computer in the Box, Computer OS Research

Artin Davari, Los Altos High School

Interests: Computers, technology, computer science, hardware, software

Projects: Computer in the Box, Computer OS Research

Cedric Chan , Los Altos High School   Interests :computer science and engineering, law, business, scouting   Projects : Computer in the box, YouTube video creation

Cedric Chan, Los Altos High School

Interests:computer science and engineering, law, business, scouting

Projects: Computer in the box, YouTube video creation

Joshua Kung , Los Altos High School   Interests : software, digital design, editing, photoshop, computers, basketball, competitive track   Projects : digital marketing, computer in a box, graphic design, creating flyers/ads

Joshua Kung, Los Altos High School

Interests: software, digital design, editing, photoshop, computers, basketball, competitive track

Projects: digital marketing, computer in a box, graphic design, creating flyers/ads

Justin Chou,  Los Altos High School   Interests:  Robotics, Electronics, video-making, golf, and watching sports   Projects:  Digital Marketing, Computer in the box

Justin Chou, Los Altos High School

Interests: Robotics, Electronics, video-making, golf, and watching sports

Projects: Digital Marketing, Computer in the box

Elvymond Yao , Los Altos High School   Interests : Gaming on my custom built PC, aerospace engineering   Projects : Computer in the box (refurbishing project)

Elvymond Yao, Los Altos High School

Interests: Gaming on my custom built PC, aerospace engineering

Projects: Computer in the box (refurbishing project)

Niels Holst , Los Altos High School   Interests : Forensics, Track and field, cross country   Projects : Computer in the Box

Niels Holst, Los Altos High School

Interests: Forensics, Track and field, cross country

Projects: Computer in the Box

Alice Liu,  Los Altos High School   Interests:  passion for STEAM, writing, sports, entrepreneurship and activism   Projects:  Computer in a Box, Blogging

Alice Liu, Los Altos High School

Interests: passion for STEAM, writing, sports, entrepreneurship and activism

Projects: Computer in a Box, Blogging

Garrett Capen,  Prospect High School   Interests:  Soccer, Fortnite, take things apart   Projects:  Computer in the box refurbishing project

Garrett Capen, Prospect High School

Interests: Soccer, Fortnite, take things apart

Projects: Computer in the box refurbishing project

Joshua Yoon , Saratoga High School   Interests :marching band, trumpet, piano, drum major, electrical and computer engineering   Projects:  Computer in the box refurbishing project

Joshua Yoon, Saratoga High School

Interests:marching band, trumpet, piano, drum major, electrical and computer engineering

Projects: Computer in the box refurbishing project

Amir Benhagouga,  Los Altos High School   Interests : Soccer, swim and track, fluent in Spanish, Engineering, STEAM   Projects:  Computer in the box refurbishing project

Amir Benhagouga, Los Altos High School

Interests: Soccer, swim and track, fluent in Spanish, Engineering, STEAM

Projects: Computer in the box refurbishing project

Eugene Park , Los Altos High School   Interests : reading, playing games, watching YouTube, playing cello   Projects : Computer in the box, research-based computer project

Eugene Park, Los Altos High School

Interests: reading, playing games, watching YouTube, playing cello

Projects: Computer in the box, research-based computer project

Hans Holst,  Los Altos High School   Interests : Cross country and track, Math, Science & Engineering   Projects:  Computer in the box refurbishing project

Hans Holst, Los Altos High School

Interests: Cross country and track, Math, Science & Engineering

Projects: Computer in the box refurbishing project

Edison Tom,  Los Altos High School   Interests : Scouting, high school orchestra, violin, piano, computer gaming, Math & Science   Projects:  Computer in the box refurbishing project

Edison Tom, Los Altos High School

Interests: Scouting, high school orchestra, violin, piano, computer gaming, Math & Science

Projects: Computer in the box refurbishing project

Deniz Yaralioglu,  Los Altos High School   Interests:  Design, programming, electronics, 3D modeling, competitive swimmer   Projects:  Computer in the box refurbishing project

Deniz Yaralioglu, Los Altos High School

Interests: Design, programming, electronics, 3D modeling, competitive swimmer

Projects: Computer in the box refurbishing project

Nathan Huang,  Los Altos High School   Interests:  financial outreach and sponsorship, piano, reading & hanging out with friends   Projects:  Computer in the box, blogging, grant application

Nathan Huang, Los Altos High School

Interests: financial outreach and sponsorship, piano, reading & hanging out with friends

Projects: Computer in the box, blogging, grant application

Bryan Pham , Los Altos High School   Interests : Biochemistry, reduce e-waste, protect environment, iMovie, digital technology   Projects : Computer in a box refurbishing project, Blogging

Bryan Pham, Los Altos High School

Interests: Biochemistry, reduce e-waste, protect environment, iMovie, digital technology

Projects: Computer in a box refurbishing project, Blogging

Maya Yung , Los Altos High School   Interests : Law & Science or STEM, coding, building things, Counselor in training   Projects : Computer in the box refurbishing project, organize laptop drive

Maya Yung, Los Altos High School

Interests: Law & Science or STEM, coding, building things, Counselor in training

Projects: Computer in the box refurbishing project, organize laptop drive

Karla Sanchez,  Los Altos High School   Interests:  coding, helping others, and playing video games   Projects:  Computer in the box refurbishing project

Karla Sanchez, Los Altos High School

Interests: coding, helping others, and playing video games

Projects: Computer in the box refurbishing project

Jair Delgado,  Los Altos High School   Interests:  24 hour fitness, Fortnite, fixing computers, making things work, building things   Projects:  Computer in the box

Jair Delgado, Los Altos High School

Interests: 24 hour fitness, Fortnite, fixing computers, making things work, building things

Projects: Computer in the box

Internship Program

EqOpTech offers an unpaid internship program where team members can be engaged in the following project initiatives: 

  • Computer-in-a-Box

  • Research lightweight Linux distributions for older laptops and/or troubleshoot problematic laptops

  • Organize laptop drive

  • Computer workshops

  • Recruit tech guest speaker & draft pitch letter

  • Graphic Design, create flyers/ads & marketing collateral

  • Mailchimp & newsletters

  • Blogging

  • Creative writing project

  • App development: Volunteer signup and hours tracking system

  • Develop Laptop inventory database system

  • Corporate donations campaign

  • Grant proposal writing

  • Media outreach

  • Impact metrics: measure quantitative and qualitative impact

Where do we work, meet and learn? Do we work online or in person?

Each Intern or volunteer will be paired up with a mentor (buddy) who will shadow the participant either via Skype, Slack, face-to-face meeting as appropriate. We also make available installation guide and youtube tutorial to participants. Mentor and intern can also meet at the library or at The View Teen Center if they so choose. During school season, we meet twice a month at Sra. Rodriguez (Room 911) for computer workshops hosted by EqOpTech Club at LAHS.

In addition, we host in person workshops/speaker series at The View Teen Center in Mountain View every Saturday PM from 2 - 6 pm starting June 22 through July 27.

How do we collaborate with teammates?

We communicate with each other via e-mail and/or Slack, please feel free to post or respond to any technical question(s) using #general to share insights or solutions.

What kind of computers, operating systems do we work with?

We refurbish Windows laptops, Macbooks, Tablets, iPad, Chromebooks as well as iMacs and on occasion Desktop computers. As to OS, we install Windows, Mac OSX, Chrome, Linux Ubuntu/Lubuntu and Neverware CloudReady.

Do I have the opportunity to work with the hardware aspect of computers?

From time to time, we receive computer donations from corporations without hard drives (due to Company’s Technology Equipment Disposal Policy) or insufficient memories, or defective computers, and as such we will have an opportunity to get more into salvaging parts from these problematic unit to build fully functioning ones.

Where do we deploy the refurbished computers to?

Our mission is to provide free and easy access to technology for underserved students in the Bay Area schools including students in Los Altos, Mountain View, East Palo Alto and East San Jose.

What is the difference between interns and volunteers?

Volunteers get assigned to certain tasks of a project, the hour commitment is less and they tend to come and go. Interns are assigned to projects as independent contributors initially and as they become proficient and skilled, they assume leadership/mentor positions. EqOpTech works with interns to develop meaningful real world experience, technical, communication and soft skills. Most of our interns stay with the organization for an extended period and average at least 8 to 10 hours per week. Our learning-by-doing approach allows students to not only hone their problem-solving skills but also to give back to the community.

Let’s talk commitment and expectation.

School work is always top priority, in the event of a conflict between school work and internships, school always comes first. Our commitment to you is to provide opportunity, support and guidance, your commitment to EqOpTech is that you will put in your best efforts and follow through on your commitment. If you are not sure about this internship/volunteer opportunity, we would like to know upfront so we can offer this opportunity to someone else who can commit. We also understand that families travel in the summer; we ask that you communicate your timeline with us to set expectations. If you are not sure, please take the time to think about this before committing.

The EqOpTech program enables students with a platform to gain real-world experience and leadership skills while serving the community. The interns that get the most out of this experience are the ones who show their commitment, willing to run the extra mile, and treat it like a real job. You get what you put in.

Is there a deadline to the assigned project?

If you collaborate with others on a team project, please set your deadline and deliverable with the team or project lead. If you are an independent contributor working on refurbishing computers, please communicate with your mentor to align your refurbished laptops delivery date to the next laptop deployment.

Can an intern be assigned to multiple projects at the same time?

The answer is yes, please work with your mentor to set goals and communicate time commitment.

How do we communicate with team-mates?

We use e-mail and Slack. We will invite you to join Slack, please feel free to post and share insight with teammates via #general on Slack.

How do we track work progress?

Students share a google drive weekly status report to track the following milestones:

·         Tasks accomplished

·         Tasks not accomplished

·         Tasks expect to work on

·         Issues

·         Solution/lesson learned

Questions?

E-mail contact@eqoptech.org