LRC Accepting Applications for Paid Summer Internships
Internship Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
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.
Who 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?
- Developing a metric to assess the problem of stroboscopic flicker in LED lighting systems
Electrical and computer systems engineering student Alec worked on developing a methodology for measuring the potential of LED light sources to cause stroboscopic visual artifacts when the light source, or objects illuminated by the light source, are in motion.
- Evaluating the benefits of task lighting for load-shedding applications
Environmental engineering student Dexter investigated the potential of using task illumination to maintain end-user satisfaction during times when the overall room illumination needs to be dimmed in response to load-shedding conditions.
- Characterization of thermal interface material under thermal cycling
Materials and electrical engineering student Grace explored a methodology and experimental apparatus to characterize the performance of thermal interface materials used in LED applications under thermal cycling.
- Wireless methods for luminaire location mapping and real-time monitoring
Microelectronic engineering student Jesse evaluated different wireless methods to communicate from a central location to luminaires in a space, allowing a lighting system installer to know the position of each luminaire and map those locations.
- Sensor communication protocol requirements for interfacing with real-time monitoring systems
Electrical engineering student Paul determined the electrical and information protocols necessary for the accurate and reliable transmission of sensor data to a monitoring system.
When will the internship be available?
The next eight-week summer internship program will be held from June 5 to July 28, 2017, at the LRC facility in Troy, New York.
How do I apply for the internship?
Students can apply for the internship program in solid-state lighting by completing the application form.
Who do I contact with questions about the program?
For more information on the summer internship program in solid-state lighting, contact Dan Frering.