Optical Fiber Engineering Intern

Date: Nov 26, 2023

Location: Wilmington, NC, US, 28405

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 61405


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.

We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.


Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.


Want to spend summer living and working in one of the East coast’s best beach communities? At Corning’s Wilmington optical fiber facility, you will have the opportunity to spend your summer hanging out at the beach and exploring one of the southeast’s most historic cities while also working on cutting edge technological advancements to help develop optical fibers within a longstanding Fortune 500 Company. Inclusive housing is provided as part of this program, along with numerous company-sponsored events to help introduce you to the culture of Corning’s company and its employees. **Note – The following job posting is for Corning’s Wilmington, North Carolina optical fiber manufacturing facility.**


Corning’s Wilmington facility has been producing fiber since 1978, and it was the first facility in the world to produce optical fiber for commercial and industrial use. While the Wilmington plant is a full-scale manufacturing facility that produces Corning’s full portfolio of fiber products, it also serves as a development center for next-gen products and processes through collaboration with R&D. Since the production of optical fiber is complex and multi-faceted, the Wilmington plant relies on a diverse set of engineering disciplines to drive innovations. Our Optical Communications segment delivers connectivity to every edge of the network, from optical fiber, cable, hardware, and equipment to fully-optimized optical solutions. What we do is life changing. Our innovations help customers keep pace with the world’s insatiable demand for bandwidth, accelerating the delivery of information and keeping the world connected to the important people, places, and things that enhance our lives.


Purpose: As a part of an engineering team, utilize fundamental understanding to complete key project deliverables in optical fiber manufacturing or technology development groups.


Scope of Position:

  • Use scientific method to design and conduct testing/experimentation to collect required data.
  • Analyze process data to develop product, process, or equipment improvements.
  • Give recommendation for improvements, present findings, and document work.



  • While participating in a team environment, own key project objectives critical to Corning’s success.
  • Interface with various technology, engineering, and operations groups to understand potential impact of product, equipment, and process changes.
  • Ensure communication is established to address concerns and obtain assistance/buy-in.
  • Review performance data on new processes/findings and effectively draw conclusions.
  • Communicate effectively to personnel at various levels up to and including the staff level.


Education and Experience:

  • BS/MS ChemE, MSE, Ceramic Engr., MechE, EE/Controls, Physics, CompSci, CompE in progress
  • GPA of 3.2 or above
  • Relevant experience a plus


Required Skills:

  • Familiarity with engineering process fundamentals and scientific methodology (e.g. designing and using critical experiments to drive fundamental understanding)
  • Data/statistical analysis skills
  • Analytical problem-solving skills
  • Ability to build relationships, work in teams and interact with all levels of the organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively present information 
  • Results-oriented


Hours of work / work schedule / flex-time:

  • Basic work hours are 40hrs/week;
  • 8am-5pm;
  • additional hours/weekends when needed to meet project objectives


Background and Reference Materials:

To familiarize yourself with optical fiber, we suggest the following reading references:

  • Understanding Fiber Optics by Jeff Hecht
  • Practical Fiber Optics by D. Bailey and E. Wright
  • Optical Fiber Communications by J.M. Senior
  • Introduction to Glass Science and Technology by J.E. Shelby.
  • Fiber 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_kA8EpCUQo
  • Why’s of Optical Fiber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FI-plS3u5s
  • Corning Fiber Manufacturing Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tsF3mSpqX8
  • Corning YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CorningIncorporated


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


The range for this position is $1,519-$3,074 biweekly.  Starting pay for the successful applicant is prescribed based on geographic location, nature of position, and year in school.


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



Nearest Major Market: Wilmington