Solar Cell R&D Summer Intern

  • Sunpower
  • CA, USA
  • Apr 01, 2019
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Location: San Jose, SC, US, 95134

Do you want to change the world? We do, too. 

The energy market is roughly $4 trillion globally, and solar penetration is less than 1%.  But just one hour of sunlight, if harnessed, could power the entire world for a year. We have the opportunity to completely change the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed on a global scale, and we’re looking for talented, committed people to help us drive our growth and achieve our goals.
SunPower is a global solar energy solutions company with a rich heritage of pioneering the best energy technologies in the world. Our solutions are unrivaled in terms of long-term reliability, efficiency and guaranteed performance, and our company is unmatched in terms of global reach and scale. Through design, manufacturing, installation and ongoing maintenance and monitoring, SunPower provides its proprietary, world-record efficient solar technology to residential, commercial and utility customers worldwide.
SunPower is changing the way our world is powered every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 7,000 in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. In an industry that is reshaping the world’s energy future, there’s no better place to be than SunPower.
We believe that our employees create our brand – with each project, each communication, each task completed and each interaction. Experience is critical to SunPower in regards to not only our customers but also our employees and dealer partners. As such, we strive to hire candidates that are service focused. The experience we would expect the ideal person to deliver is: 

As an R&D intern within the SunPower solar cell R&D team you will join a team working on developemnt of the next generation solar manufacturing technology for the highest efiiciency modules. In this role you will have oppourtunities to contribute to the design and fabrication of prototype manufacturing equipment, measure various characteristics of solar cells, and analyze data. The goal of the project is to bring a novel low cost/high performance cell metallization process to manufacturing readiness, and involves equipment, process and characterization development. Additioanlly you will gain experience working in a research and development laboratory. 

Experience Gained:

  • Silicon processing technology used in Solar, Semiconductor and MEMS fabs.
  • Manufacturing machine design, including machine vision, wafer handling, precision mechanics
  • Hands-on expeience with materials characterizartion tools
  • Collaborate with different R&D teams based in San Jose
  • Write and present reports on work to communicate to other reseach teams   


  • Level of junior or above and in good standing at a four year university enrolled as a full time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Material Science, Semiconductors, Physics or related field.
  • Hands-on experience with mechanical / electronic prototyping and vision systems would be beneficial.
  • Experience using CAD software such as SolidWorks would be beneficial. 


  • Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, depending upon the requirements of the specific position.
  • A current student, ideally enrolled in an academic program at one of SunPower’s partner schools. 

Intern Program Overview

  • 10-12 week summer program
  • Interns will individually work under the direction of their managers and will participate in a series of preplanned events throughout the summer, including executive presentations, a team-building day, and an end-of-program intern presentation to his/her manager and eStaff member about the project they delivered during their internship.
  • All interns will complete the program by the last day of August 2019.  At the completion of the program, the intern will be evaluated and considered for possible future full time employment upon graduation.
  • Hourly-based, paid internship, approximately 40 hours per week.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual’s qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

SunPower Supports EEO

Accommodation for Applicants to SunPower Corporation

SunPower Corporation is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may use the following alternative email address to contact us about your interest in employment at SunPower Corporation: Please indicate in the subject that line of your email that you are requesting accommodation. Only candidates being considered for a position who require an accommodation will receive a follow-up response.

Experience level of the applicant we want

College / Sixth form