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Internship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Application availability for the Summer 2018 SSL Internship will be announced.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute'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?
  • Comparison of phosphor-converted and direct emission LEDs for use in color tunable systems
    Electrical engineering student Kelcy evaluated the potential benefits and trade-offs when using phosphor-converted LEDs for a color tunable system against direct emission LEDs.

  • Preliminary performance evaluation of ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy technologies in an indoor environment
    Engineering and physics student Jessica investigated the performance of ZigBee and BLE modules in an indoor environment in terms of power use, latency, packet error rate, and coexistence with WiFi.

  • Real-time room illuminance measurement and display for intelligent building applications
    Computer and systems engineering student Jessie instrumented a small room with ceiling-mounted luminance sensors, developed an algorithm to accurately estimate light level across room surfaces with a minimum number of sensors, and developed a visualization program to display light level distribution in real-time.

  • Effects of PCB encapsulation on LED lifetime
    Materials engineering student Ian identified the parameters that cause LED optical performance degradation over time due to the printed circuit board (PCB) encapsulation.

SSL Collage2When will the internship be available?

Application availability for the 2018 program will be announced..

How do I apply for the internship?

Students can apply for the internship program in solid-state lighting by completing an application form (availability to be announced).

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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