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Optical Fiber Engineering Summer Intern

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Date: Sep 17, 2022

Location: Wilmington, NC, US, 28405

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 57794


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.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

**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.


Corning’s company history is filled with breakthrough technologies that have played an important role in the way the world works. We thrive on solving difficult, commercially relevant problems through an innovative and collaborative research and development process. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, and a distinctive collaborative culture.


Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, creating and manufacturing keystone components that enable high-technology systems in consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, and life sciences. 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.



  • 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


Travel Requirements: None


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, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Wilmington