Summer 2018 Internship – Optical / Visualization Engineering – R&D

As the global leader in eye care Alcon has built a rich history of providing innovative products to customers and patients all over the world. We're extremely proud of our legacy and the significant way we've helped to shape the industry over the last 70 years, but we're just getting started. Our relentless passion to eliminate unmet medical needs drives our pursuit to further advance eye health worldwide. We're looking for exceptionally talented, driven people who want to make a difference. If you'd like to help us change the way the world sees, this is your chance.

As an R&D Intern, you will have the opportunity to be working side-by-side with over 1,800 highly skilled individuals dedicated to innovate and find solutions for current and future unmet needs in eye care. These unmet medical needs include glaucoma, cataract & refractive error, retina and external disease. As an R&D Intern – assigned project(s) will align to one of our two business groups – Surgical or Vision Care where opportunities to learn more about the discovery and identification of new eye care solutions and treatments are in the future.

Project potential scope can provide opportunity as an R&D Intern to fill the pipeline through in-house development, partnerships with leading institutions, acquisitions, and in-licensing. As an R&D Intern you will do real and meaningful work that has a direct impact for Alcon's customers and patients.

Our intern assignments are designed to allow you to experience, first-hand, the type of work we do within Alcon. As an intern, you can make an impact on the business as well as continue to build your analytical, technical and leadership skills. Most projects offer the opportunity to work with individuals in a variety of capacities within the area you're assigned and, potentially in other functions. Our summer R&D Intern internship assignments could be in a variety of functions.

Alcon's 10-12 week summer internship program provides real-world work experience to university students. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week during the length of their internship, unless otherwise specified by their manager. In addition to work assignments and projects, Alcon also provides the students career development and networking opportunities throughout the duration of the summer internship program.

EEO Statement The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Minimum requirements Minimum Requirements:

  • Current student enrolled in an accredited university
  • Ability to commit to a 10-12 week fulltime summer internship program
  • Willingness to learn from others on the job and inside a specific team
  • Curiosity to explore different functions and unique roles at Alcon

Preferred Requirements:

  • Prior internship or co-op experience in medical device or pharmaceutical industry
  • Ability to demonstrate and excel in Quality, Innovation, Performance, Collaboration, Courage and Integrity in a cross-matrix team environment.
  • Preferred concentration/major in optical engineering and/or visualization engineering

Intern application deadline: December 31, 2017.


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