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Joey Hudy on his blog page after announcing he was selected for the Intel internship program. (Source: Joey Hudy blog) Joey Hudy on his blog page after announcing he was selected for the Intel internship program. (Source: Joey Hudy blog)
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A 16-year-old Phoenix high school student who amazed President Barack Obama with his marshmallow cannon in February 2012 has been named one of the 10 smartest kids in the world and has become the youngest participant in semiconductor chip maker Intel Corp.'s internship program.

Joey Hudy, a math and engineering whiz kid, was hired by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on the spot upon meeting him in October, according to Intel.

"Today I attended Intel New Hire Orientation!!" Joey said on his blog dated Dec. 16. "What a awesome place. It was so fun. I can't wait to start making cool stuff!!"

The editors of Brilliant.org recently named Joey "one of the 10 smartest kids in the world." He is considered a champion "maker," a member of a contemporary culture defined by individuals who use technology as an extension of the do-it-yourself (DIY) culture.

Joey's bio in the article on the Business Insider website with the other Brillliant.org honorees said his proudest inventions are his two LED Arduino Shields, printed circuit expansion boards intended to help introduce children to the concept of engineering for fun.

When high school is out for the summer Joey, who doesn't have a driver's license, will join other Intel interns, most of whom are college-age students, at the Chandler plant.

He will work in the Intel New Devices Group's product development program, Intel announced before returning to high school in the fall.

"We hope to forge a lasting relationship with Joey, and all our interns, as we support their professional development," said Vaadra Martinez, an intern program manager at Intel.

Thomas Ajluni, a human resources recruiter who works with the Intel New Devices Group said, "We delivered the offer last week and were pleased to get his acceptance."

At the White House Science Fair in 2012, Joey demonstrated for the president the air cannon he'd built from PVC pipe.

Joey fired a marshmallow over the heads of the press corps and smooshed it into a White House wall.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. CNN.com contributed to this report.

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