ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML employs more than 21,000 people.
I wanted to do an internship at ASML because my professors had mentioned the company several times in their case studies. So I started to look for assignments that matched my skills, and as soon as I found one, I applied. Although I've only been here for a couple of months I'd say it is definitely the right place to be. My assignment is technically demanding - as all the assignments seem to appear at ASML - but since you can ask advice from a whole spectrum of specialists, the work moves fast and you learn lots.
In addition, it's not just your technical skills that you can improve here, my communications skills are also benefitting hugely. That's because communication is an absolute must at ASML. I think that's because the whole company is very dynamic and to get things done you don't simply follow procedures you must interact with people, get them motivated, and get them to understand what you're trying to achieve.
Before I started at ASML, I expected it to be a very formal company due to its size and number of employees. Now I know better, it is very informal. There are very few rules - outside the cleanrooms - and the ones that are applied are very flexible.
My assignment is the validation of Serial Rapid IO network models. It involves verifying results obtained from the real hardware so that we can confirm the validity of these models. This is quite a challenging assignment, but I enjoy working with hardware to get performance results.
If ASML was a sport, I'd say that it would be any team sport like cricket or soccer. In these games there are people with different skill sets who work for the common goal, which is very much like what the environment is here. Where people have expertise in a particular domain, communicate and all work together towards the common goal.
If you find an interesting project which fits your interests, then you should go straight for it. The supervision is excellent and you will have an enriching experience. Most importantly, from my experience, ASML really takes the work of interns seriously - it is not just a school project to them. Almost all intern work is actually used commercially.
I will always remember my team and my supervisor. We've already had many light moments, and with another five months to go, I'm sure we will have many, many more.
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