Laser Development Intern (Spring 2025)

First Solar

First Solar

Perrysburg, OH, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2024

Job Description

Basic Job Scope:

Leading the world’s sustainable energy future, First Solar interns work around the globe/country in research and development, marketing, project development, information technology, engineering, energy services and much more. When you work at First Solar, you will be challenged every day and provided real world experience. You will be given the opportunity to find new solutions and develop new skills to further advance your skillset. At First Solar we strive to foster a culture that encourages innovation through collaboration, urging colleagues to take smart risks, learning from failures and course correcting, and owning personal accountability for contributing to our mission.

Expected Length of Internship:

  • Spring 2025 Internship tentative dates 1/13/25 – 5/16/25
  • As an internship company, we allow flexibility to enroll in classes while working as an intern, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the essential functions of the position.


  • Intern must be currently pursuing an education in a STEM related field, physics, mechanical engineering electrical engineering, or materials science preferred.
  • First Solar encourages all interns to register their internship with their university.
  • Successful candidates will be pursuing a BS, MS, or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics or Materials Science and have an interest in lasers or photonics.
  • Completed coursework related to physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or materials science.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, OneNote).
  • Programming experience with Adruino, Raspberry Pi, Seeeduino or other microcontroller platforms such as BASIC stamp.
  • First Solar encourages all interns to register their internship with their university.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Ability to learn the operation, modification, and calibration of production equipment and systems. Familiarity with basic electrical components.
  • Ability to use analytical skills to read charts and graphs to find trends.
  • Ability to apply statistical methods to analyze desired data.
  • Ability to present results in a professional matter and speak in a formal meeting setting.
  • Ability to communicate on a regular basis with all levels of associates.
  • Continuous improvement/learning.
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment while handling multiple tasks.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Flexibility to work beyond designated hours.
  • Problem solver, can-do attitude, willingness to push tasks forward and demonstrate ownership – go above and beyond consistently.

Basic Internship Scope (Project):

  • Help execute tests and experiments to optimize laser processes.
  • Attention to detail and summarizing experimental data.
  • Ability to clearly and regularly present technical data.
  • Optimize laser scribe processes for production development projects.
  • Design and run test plans to further investigate continuous improvement for production laser scribing process.
  • Upon the completion of this internship, the intern is required to present their accomplishments and project summary to the leadership team.

Estimated Salary Range:

  • $17.50-$27.72/hr.

US Physical Requirements:

  • Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to the entire duration of a shift.
  • Will climb stairs on an occasional basis.
  • Will lift, push or pull up to 27 pounds on an occasional basis.
  • Will lift up to 51 pounds on a seldom basis, according to work instruction.
  • Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects on a frequent basis.
  • 20/40 vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required.
  • Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures.
  • May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis.
  • May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including but not limited to; steel toed shoes, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective jacket or apron and arm guards).
  • All associates working on the production floor may be required to wear a respirator at any given time and thus, the ability to wear a respirator is a condition of employment and continued employment (requires little or no facial hair).

Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check and any other tests that may be required.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.