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Mechanical Engineering Intern – R&D

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Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Mechanical Engineering Intern – R&D

San Jose, CA
  • Responsibilities

    When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work. You’ll have the opportunity to grow and learn in a culture that empowers your development. We have created an inclusive, global environment that values the power of diverse talent, backgrounds, and experiences to drive speed, productivity, innovation, and growth.

    Our internship program will give you a chance to get real world business experience and build your network before graduation. We are seeking an energetic, responsible intern to join our growing organization. In this position, you will be expected to learn the ins-and-outs of our daily routines and procedures. You will focus on learning how our organization runs, and can be expected to gain valuable insight that can further your interest in your chosen career field.

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science. With revenues of $20 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our 70,000 employees the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world. The customers we serve fall within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies. Our products and services help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, and solve challenges ranging from complex research to routine testing to field applications.

    Summary of Internship

    The Mechanical Engineering Internship position provides an opportunity for engineering students who are currently pursuing a mechanical engineering or like degree to get hands on experience working with engineers in a research and development environment. The engineering intern will contribute to development projects using best design practices. The position starts in May or June, paid working 40 hours per week through August/September. Opportunity exists for this position to continue through the academic year on a part-time basis to allow for class schedules.

    Essential Functions:

    • Provide engineering support related to product development projects including testing and design
    • Support a variety of development activities & may be assigned to a variety of engineering tasks
    • Be involved with many aspects of mechanical design & analysis tasks working in a cross-functional team
    • Learn about mechanical engineering through daily activities.
    • Accept candid feedback and look for areas of improvement
    • Provide feedback on specifications & designs
    • Specific tasks will be tailored to the intern’s experience level and abilities
    • An engineering intern works under the close supervision of engineers, scientists, and the engineering manager
  • Qualifications

    Skills and Abilities:

    • Ability to work independently and as a member of a cross-functional team
    • Willingness to learn, be mentored, and improve
    • Desire to contribute and improve design of new and existing scientific instrumentation products
    • Exceptional customer focus
    • Good oral and written communication skills.


    • Student currently enrolled in classes leading to an ABET accredited engineering degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline
    • Completed coursework in physics and design (elements or systems).
    • 0-2 years of mechanical engineering work experience.
    • Familiarity with of least one 3D CAD tool set, Solidworks preferred.
    • Experience using an office productivity suite.

    At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

    Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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    25% of our current revenue is generated from products that didn’t exist 5 years ago.
  • About Us
    As the world’s leader in serving science, Thermo Fisher Scientific's professionals develop critical solutions—and build rewarding careers. They help customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment, making sure food is safe, and so much more. When you #StartYourStory with Thermo Fisher, you are guaranteed meaningful work - both personally and professionally.