Mechanical Engineering Internship: Design a reusable version of an optical component

Research & development

Mechanical engineering

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development



Job Category

Mechanical engineering

Published: 30+ days ago Job ID: J-00253841-962


Are you a bachelor or master student in Mechanical Engineering? Do you have experience in CAD and knowledge in mechanical tolerances? Are you solution oriented? Then this internship might be interesting for you!

Background information

The group Sensors Mechanics and Stage Positioning Modules is part of the Mechanical Development cluster and is responsible for the design of optical sensor systems, such as interferometers and image sensors.
During the design of high precision measurement systems, thermal expansion is considered critical and effort is taken to use materials of low Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE). The low CTE of these materials often comes with specific mechanical properties like brittleness and low strength, as well as high costs. Therefore, the ability to reuse these parts is considered beneficial.

Your assignment

The assignment consists of redesigning a rod and its interfaces of low CTE material including its couplings, which is connecting to critical parts of the metrology chain. The current glued design is supposed to become reusable. Thus, the focus is to reuse the expensive part of low CTE material but not necessary limited to it. The process of dismounting and remounting during the reuse approach needs to be considered as well. Therefore, you will:

  • analyze the current design;
  • create concepts for a reusable redesign and select one;
  • design a reusable version;
  • create a test plan for the sensitive connection.

Your profile

To be the perfect match for this internship, you:

  • are a bachelor or master student in Mechanical Engineering;
  • have experience with CAD;
  • have knowledge regarding mechanical tolerances;
  • are solution oriented;
  • have great communication skills in English, both written and verbally.

This is a bachelor graduation or master apprentice project with a minimum duration of 5 months, 5 days per week, starting as soon as possible.

Please note that we may only consider applicants who are enrolled as a student to a university for the whole duration of the internship.

This position requires access to U.S. controlled technology, as defined in the United States Export Administration Regulations. Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to access such U.S. controlled technology prior to beginning work. Business demands may require ASML to proceed with applicants who are immediately eligible to access U.S. controlled technology.

Diversity and inclusion

ASML 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.

Other information

Change the world – one nanometer at a time
Become an intern at a Dutch company that’s a global industry leader. You’ll gain valuable experience in a highly innovative environment – one that sparks your imagination and creativity. In addition to a monthly internship allowance of maximum €600 (plus a possible housing and/or travel allowance), you’ll get practical guidance from experts in the field and the chance to work in and experience a dynamic team environment.

ASML: be part of progress
ASML is a high-tech company headquartered in the Netherlands. We manufacture the complex lithography machines that chipmakers use to produce integrated circuits, or computer chips. What we do is at the heart of all the electronic devices that keep us informed, entertained and connected. Every day, you use electronics that simply wouldn’t exist without our machines.

Behind ASML’s innovations are engineers who think ahead. The people who work at our company include some of the most creative minds in physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, mechatronics, optics, mechanical engineering, and computer science and software engineering.

We believe we can always do better. We believe the winning idea can come from anyone. We love what we do – not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.

Students: getting ready for real-world R&D
We’re a global team of about 29,000 people of 120 different nationalities and counting. Headquartered in Europe’s top tech hub, the Brainport Eindhoven region in the Netherlands, our operations are spread across Europe, Asia and the US.

In such an environment, your colleagues may be sitting next door, or they could be thousands of kilometers away in a different country – or even working for a different company.

An internship at ASML is the opportunity to get to know not only the world of industrial-strength R&D, but yourself – you’ll discover just what excites you most. Will you design a part of the machine, or make sure it gets built to the tightest possible specifications? Will you write software that drives the system to its best performance, or work side-by-side with the engineers of our customers in a fab, optimizing a system to the requirements of the customer?

How will you be part of progress?

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