**Engineering Intern

Date: Sep 12, 2023

Location: San Jose, CA, US, 95134

Company: Maxeon

Powering Positive Change™  


In a world of constant change, the only way to make a meaningful impact is to stay ahead of the curve. That’s why at Maxeon Solar Technologies we’ve been pushing the boundaries of solar innovation every day for 35 years – from the very edge of outer space to countless rooftops below.  


Our highly advanced solar products are powering the fight against climate change in more than 100 countries around the globe. And our brilliant, passionate, and driven team of more than 5,000 people globally are Powering Positive Change™ every day.  


Are you ready to power positive change?  


Summary of the Role:


Are you a university student with a passion for cutting-edge technology and sustainable solutions? Maxeon Solar is thrilled to be hiring for our 2024 Summer Interns. Join us as an Engineering Intern and become part of our dynamic team working on groundbreaking photovoltaic technology projects. As an intern, you'll collaborate with experts in various engineering fields and gain hands-on experience in experimental design, data analysis, and problem-solving.


The internships will be distributed across our engineering teams- you can find a brief description of each of the teams at the bottom of this posting. Maxeon Solar is at the forefront of advancing solar energy solutions for a greener future. Our commitment to innovation and sustainability drives us to provide exceptional learning opportunities for emerging talents like you. This internship program offers real-world experience and the chance to contribute to cutting-edge research in photovoltaic technology.


Interns will have the potential to be eligible for our Graduate Trainee Program upon completion of their degree.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Work closely with diverse cross-functional teams to address complex technical challenges with a proactive and solution-oriented mindset.
  • Embrace the opportunity to tackle intricate technical problems, fostering your innovative thinking and analytical skills.
  • Coordinate and conduct experiments across multiple labs, production sites, and vendor locations, gaining valuable hands-on experience.
  • Analyze experimental data and present your findings succinctly, offering actionable insights and recommendations.
  • Immerse yourself in photovoltaic technology, materials, designs, solar cell and module measurements, and experimental methodologies.
  • Deliver a project report or presentation to our R&D engineering group at the conclusion of your internship.


Education, Experience, and Qualifications


  • Upper division student in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related fields
  • Comfortable with hands-on technical or experimental work
  • A passion for innovation and sustainable technology
  • A proactive and adaptable problem-solving approach, coupled with strong teamwork skills and a positive attitude towards collaboration
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

Application Deadline: October 13th, 2023

Roles are available within the following engineering functions:

  • The IBC Process team is responsible for developing and demonstrating the process steps required to fabricate IBC cell technologies. We have sub-teams focused on specific process technologies including wet chemical, diffusion, thin films, patterning and metrology. We work closely with the Architecture Team and Metallization Group to develop the process steps they need. Our work spans from Lab-based ideation through to Pilot-line demonstration of a first-scalable unit capable of high-volume manufacturing.
  • The IBC metallization team works to increase efficiency and cut the cost of the world’s best solar cells through innovative approaches to cell and module metallization.  We are a cross-functional team of process, equipment, and reliability engineers who produce solutions using rapid prototyping, robust process development, failure analysis, modeling, and accelerated stress tests in the lab to design and deploy processes and equipment at pilot scale in our high-volume factories.
  • The Software team builds all kinds of automation control, vision and image systems and otherwise general software for R&D projects all the way up to the 24/7 stuff that runs in the Fabs and Modcos.
  • The P-Series R&D and Reliability team in San Jose is responsible for design for performance and reliability for all of Maxeon’s future P-Series solar modules. They are responsible for coming up with state-of-the-art module packaging designs for front contact solar cells, as well as developing methods to test the cell and module designs to ensure performance,  reliability, and safety.  They collaborate with R&D and operations teams at multiple factories globally with a total production capacity of over 20 GW/year.  Much of the work is hands-on lab work and data analysis. 

*IBC (Interdigitated Back Contact) is a type of solar cell that places the contacts on the rear instead of the front.

Safety Compliance

Your safety is our number one priority at Maxeon. All our employees must complete regular workplace safety training and comply with our mandatory safety standards.


Equal Employment Opportunity

It is Maxeon’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees. Maxeon will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against any applicant or employee because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, age, religion, disability, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by national, local, state or federal laws or regulations.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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