Pay. And learning something I wanted to learn and getting paid for it.
The corporate culture at Intel is so stifling. It is so bad a doctor I have seen described me as suffering from depression, a condition I never had a problem with before. Nobody wants to talk to me, nobody is welcoming, I have no friends here, and people are stand-offish. My boss is too busy to meet with me, same with my mentor. When I need to meet with people to get my job done, people are too busy to meet and my work gets delayed, sometimes by weeks. I sit in a cube, tearing my hair out trying to solve problems with no help, cooperation, or support.
Advice to Potential Interns
Demand a well-defined problem to solve. If there is any documentation missing that is required to solve the problem, demand someone prepares it before you arrive, or ask if you are expected to do this yourself.
Advice to Management
I am not a summer intern, but for non-summer interns, the very least you can do is try to get mentors & managers involved with their interns. I feel totally alone with nobody to talk to, yet I'm surrounded by thousands of employees on my campus, hundreds on my floor alone in my cube-farm. I've interned at other companies in the past and had no issues like this before. I seriously take issue with Intel's "Great Place to Work" motto. I can't believe I am having such a terrible experience, and it has painted the company in a terrible light. I have no interest in working here when I finish my Ph.D.