Optical Engineer Intern | Zemax LLC

Date Posted: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Position Location: 
Seattle, WA
Job Description: 

Looking for an opportunity learn and strengthen your optical design skills? Want an internship that has a meaningful impact on engineers and scientists in industry? Come spend the summer with an exceptional team of engineers from whom you can glean all kinds of knowledge and insight into optical design!

As an optical engineering intern with Zemax, you’ll start your summer by attending our introductory course OpticStudio 101: Optical System Design, where you will learn all the tips & tricks you need to get you fully up to speed with the latest release of OpticStudio. Following this, you’ll be assigned a design project (typically 2 per intern), where you’ll start with a basic specification and references and be asked to fully design a system that meets those specifications, such as a Heads-Up Display, Short-Throw Projector, or Confocal Fluorescent Microscope. You'll have lots of resources around you to answer any questions, challenge you on your approach, and ensure successful completion of your work. Once you’ve completed your design, you’ll have a design review where you present your work to the team. Each project culminates in live webinar and a Knowledge Base article on our website for Zemax customers who want to learn how to build a system like yours!

Prior interns have said:

“Interesting projects and a good working environment… [Having multiple projects] worked out favorably since it gave me the opportunity to try out different kinds of work. Also, the pacing for the projects was planned well.”

“It is difficult to select one enjoyable part of this internship, as a combination of many aspects made my experience very enjoyable. However, [the] large selection of projects was probably the most enjoyable.”

Candidate Profile

While many people may have the right degree or background, to truly excel in this role, you will be:

  • Bright and eager to learn. This role will take you to the forefront of your knowledge and will push you to learn new things. You're not afraid to say you don't know the answer, and have a track record of going outside your expertise to take on new challenges.
  • Fun. Having interns around is a highlight for our organization. You’re someone who likes to be part of a team and enjoys getting to know your coworkers.

In addition, the ideal candidate will:

  • Be in Junior year of an Optics or Physics undergraduate program
  • Have completed Geometrical Optics or related coursework
  • Have exceptional written and oral communication skills

This position includes a competitive salary and relocation allowance. You must be eligible to work in the US to apply. (Student visas are okay!)


Please apply through the careers page: https://www.zemax.com/about-us/careers