BETA (Build, Evaluation and Testing Area) Internship


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1731 SE 10th Ave.Portland, OR 97214


Learn how to test and assemble computer hardware and gain valuable leadership experience along the way! As a BETA intern, you’ll be training other volunteers how to identify computer hardware, remove components for testing, and decide whether a system should be recycled or refurbished. You’ll also learn how to triage optical drives, power supplies, hard drives, and servers. In addition to this, you get valuable teaching experience by leading the Hardware ID class for new BETA volunteers.

After three months, you’ll have the opportunity to graduate into the Hardware Testing Internship.

  • Learn Free Geek’s BETA procedures
  • Teach Hardware ID class to small groups of volunteers
  • Provide training and support for System Evaluation volunteers
  • Basic computer and electronic component testing
  • Keep System Evaluation area tidy
  • Implement data security procedures as needed
  • Keep abreast of BETA procedure updates
  • Joining the System Evaluation email discussion
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’s mission and open-source philosophy
  • Aptitude for learning detailed, complex tasks and protocols
  • Awareness of data security issues
  • Experience teaching or leading groups is a plus
To apply

Please fill out our application form at, and we’ll get back to you soon. While you wait for us to contact you to schedule an interview, please attend a 30-minute Volunteer Orientation, offered at 11am and 4pm, Tuesday-Saturday, required for all new volunteers and interns.


  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • at least 8 hours/week for a minimum of 3 months

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