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Summertime means exceptional internship opportunity for CNSE undergraduate student
CNSE student Nicole Palmer works
in the cleanroom.
For the second straight summer, CNSE undergraduate student Nicole Palmer
is receiving real-world experience while participating in an on-site
internship with CNSE corporate partner Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL).
joined CNSE’s inaugural undergraduate class in 2010 with a goal of
graduating with a degree in nanotechnology and launching a career as a
process engineer in a cutting-edge cleanroom. Growing up approximately
50 miles north of CNSE, she became interested in nanotechnology while in
high school. Knowing that the emerging science will drive nearly every
industry in the 21st century, Palmer decided to pursue studies in
nanoscale engineering and determined that CNSE was the perfect place to
“Not only is CNSE in my own backyard, but it is
the best college in the world that is dedicated solely to the study of
nanoscale science and engineering,” she says. “It is the perfect place
for me to pursue my goal of becoming a process engineer.”
CNSE student Nicole Palmer has interned
with Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) for two
Beginning in the summer of 2011, Palmer earned the opportunity to
receive a paid internship with industry experts at TEL – and the
experience went so well, she’s back for a second round this summer.
a TEL intern, Palmer is working directly on the multi-million dollar
TEL tools in CNSE’s world-class cleanrooms. Her role as an intern began
with a focus on fingerprinting, a type of quality control where she
checks that a tool is running as it should. This summer, Palmer began
exploring the chemistry behind plasma etching to better understand how
plasmas can be used for etching different materials.
TEL internship is an amazing use of my time,” says Palmer. “I am able
to learn so much from the people that I am working with, gain a new
perspective of the industry as a whole, work with customers, and apply
what I have learned in my CNSE classes to my job in the cleanrooms.”
Palmer’s internship is a major step toward her ultimate goal of working
as a process engineer upon graduation in 2013. With a resume that
includes experience working with one of the world’s leading high-tech
companies, there is no question she’ll have a leg up on the competition.