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Thin Films and Surfaces Internship

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Date: Jan 7, 2019

Location: Painted Post, NY, US, 14870

Company: Corning

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):

Summer internship in Corning Research and Development Corporation performing groundbreaking research in Thin Films and Surfaces group looking at the effect of glass surface composition on silane grafting density and weathering behavior. Your internship could be extended to look at the effect of different protective films on changing the surface energy behavior of surface treated glass articles and ultimately towards identifying any difference in printing performance.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Design, execute and analyze experiments under the mentorship of supervisor
  • Submit samples to testing labs and track & compile results
  • Perform/develop measurements to support fundamental understanding
  • Conduct data manipulation, analysis, graphing, etc.
  • Interpret experimental results and provide recommendations for next steps


Travel requirements (please note if international): <5%


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40 hour work week, typical 8am - 5pm with potential flex time


Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration):

  • 2nd year or later graduate student in Materials Science, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering
  • GPA > 3.0


Required Skills:

  • Hands-on experience with daily lab work (wet chemistry)
  • Basic data analysis, data display, & statistical skills
  • Computer skills (Excel, Word, Power-Point, etc)
  • Technical strengths in colloids, dip/aerosol/other coating methods, thin films, characterization techniques like SEM, AFM, profilometry
  • Deep knowledge in surface science, physical chemistry
  • Strong communication skills - verbal & written plans, results, and recommendations
  • Outstanding teammate – works easily with different personality people


Desired Skills:

  • Experience with glass surfaces, cleanliness best-practices


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

  • Ambitious, motivated and results-oriented
  • Committed to crafting concise, succinct representations of project goals, objectives and status in written presentation and oral formats.
  • Reliable with attention to detail. Dedicated to ensuring things are done properly, even if it means starting over.
  • Real passion for a range of interest in new ideas in materials, technologies and application.


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.

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