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LEDs and Solid-state Lighting

Internship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

The Solid-State Lighting Internship for 2015 is filled. The LRC will accept applications for next summer's internships in January 2016.

Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center (LRC) and ASSIST are making available a limited number of paid summer internship opportunities for undergraduate students from engineering, physics, science, architecture, or industrial design. Selected students will participate in an intensive, eight-week education and research program focused on solid-state lighting.

SSL Collage1Who is eligible to participate?

Undergraduate students from universities within the United States with at least a 3.0 grade point average who have completed at least three years of study in one of the following areas:

  • Mechanical, electrical, or other engineering discipline
  • Physics or other area of science
  • Architecture or architectural engineering
  • Industrial design
What is included in the program?

Students selected for the eight-week, paid internship program in solid-state lighting at the LRC will:

  • Participate in cutting-edge research under the mentorship of world-class scientists and engineers
  • Characterize LED/OLED products using state-of-the-art photometry equipment
  • Improve the design and application of LED- and OLED-based lighting systems
  • Present your work to potential employers at major solid-state lighting companies
  • Receive a stipend of $4,800.
What are some recent projects that interns have completed?
  • Can LED spectral tuning be used for load-shedding?
    Physics student Valeria characterized the electrical and spectral properties of different types of LEDs and then modeled combinations that could be used in energy load-shedding applications.

  • Accelerated life test of a mid-power LED
    Mechanical engineering student Dan investigated the lumen depreciation of a mid-power LED under different temperature and current conditions in order to begin developing an accelerated life-test method.

  • Exploring innovative OLED luminaire design
    Industrial design student Kasia explored the unique characteristics of OLEDs and the use of 3D printing in designing a luminaire for the LRC's modular lighting concept room.

  • Upgrade of modular DC grid lighting and control system Electrical engineering student Anthony designed, built, and demonstrated a flexible LED driver system upgrade to the LRC's modular "Future Tiles" lighting concept room to enable driving OLED and high brightness LED devices. Anthony participated through Rensselaer’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

  • Can transient thermocouple measurement accurately determine LED lens temperature? Mechanical engineering student Jason evaluated the accuracy of a transient thermocouple measurement technique for LED lens surface temperature.

SSL Collage2When will the internship be available?

The next eight week summer internship program will be held in June and July 2016 at the LRC facilities in Troy, New York. Session dates will be announced in January.

How do I apply for the internship?

Students can apply for the internship program in solid-state lighting by completing an application form, available in January 2016.

Who do I contact with questions about the program?

For more information on the summer internship program in solid-state lighting, contact Dan Frering.

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