Research & Development Intern

  • Corning
  • Sunnyvale, CA 94085, U.S.
  • Jan 03, 2019
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Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

At Corning, our growth is fueled by a commitment to innovation. We succeed through sustained investment in research & development, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. We are a four-time National Medal of Technology winner thanks to our technology leadership and R&D environment, which attract and enable the best scientific minds in the world. This pipeline of talent has brought life-changing innovation to your fingertips for more than 160 years.

Scope of position (i.e. projects involved with and role within group):

This internship will offer you a dynamic opportunity to explore a career in our Research, Development or Engineering teams in an industrial environment. You will join our creative team of specialists who strive to make a difference in innovation and dedicated markets. You will have the opportunity to be a key contributor on a project that will improve Corning’s and their own fundamental knowledge of materials and processes. You will network with dedicated subject experts in your area of study and build relationships for the future. At the end of the summer, you will document the results of your work and give a presentation to share your findings and insights. 

Day to day responsibilities:

  • Work and collaborate with Engineers, Scientists and other specialists in Advanced Development -Design lab prototypes of Mechanical and Opto-Mechanical systems
  • Assemble, build, and trouble shoot prototype hardware and software
  • Characterize, optimize and document prototype performance
  • Collect proof-of-concept data using controlled laboratory experiments 

Travel requirements: We do not anticipate travel 

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time:

  • 40 hours/week
  • Flexibility with start / end times 

Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration):

  • A minimum of completing third year of Bachelor's of Science program, Masters or PhD program in Mechanical Engineering or relevant engineering discipline. 

Required skills:

  • Basic CAD skills in SolidWorks or similar software
  • Basic numerical modeling of physical systems skills using FEA
  • Hands on laboratory experience
  • Ability to conduct laboratory experiments (safety, design, data collection and analysis) 

Desired Skills:

  • Able to work independently and as part of our larger multidisciplinary team
  • Expert in numerical modeling
  • Experience with CAM
  • Experience with MatLab and/or Python 

Soft Skills (Communication/Teams/Leadership):

  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment 

This position does not support immigration sponsorship.

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of  race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Nearest Major Market: San Jose 
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

Experience level of the applicant we want

College / Sixth form