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Doctoral Internship Program in Materials Science

Doctoral students in chemistry can take advantage of a variety of opportunities for professional development, including internships and specialized course work.

Internships allow students to explore and gain experience outside the major research university environment at Oregon. Specialized course work and training is available to prepare students for internships and career paths in four focus areas:

  • Semiconductor Device Chemistry and Physics
  • Polymer Chemistry and Physics
  • Organometallic Chemistry/Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Education

The first three focus areas are coupled with internships with participating companies in these fields. Chemical education is coupled with teaching internships with regional small colleges. Although these programs represent areas formally developed by the Materials Science Institute, they by no means limit the range of opportunities available to students. The goal of this program is to provide students with the experience they need to evaluate and excel in various career paths. The department is excited to work with students to explore internships or experiences outside these categories that enhance professional development.

Previous Internship Placements:

Bend Research Inc.
Borden Chemical
C.W. Group
Forrest Paint
Hewlett Packard
Hynix Semiconductor America
Linfield College
LSI Logic
Molecular Probes
Network Elements
Neste Resins
Novellus Systems
Pacific Northwest National Laboratories
TriQuint Semiconductor
University of Puget Sound
Willamette Valley Company

Specialized Coursework and Training:
To prepare students for internships or careers in each focus area, specialized training is available as discussed below. Students may choose to take the summer courses whether or not they decide to do internships and vice versa.

Polymers & Coatings

Three four-week-long intensive summer courses introduce students to the processing, preparation, mechanical properties, and physical characterization of polymers. The first two courses in the sequence are predominately lecture-based, while the third is a full-time laboratory experience.

Semiconductor Device Processing

A summer coursework structure similar to that for Polymers & Coatings provides students with exposure to state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication methods and the basic physics behind the operation of semiconductor devices. Students gain an appreciation of the advantages and limitations of modern semiconductor technology and the chemistry behind the “recipes” used in chip fabrication.

Organometallics/Organic Synthesis

A summer coursework structure introduces students to advanced concepts, reactions, and techniques in contemporary organic chemistry. As part of their training, students will learn essential concepts and skills to be fully effective as an organic chemist in both research and production activities.

Chemical Education

An extensive teacher preparation program at the University of Oregon and teaching experience during the first year prepares students for more in-depth teaching internships. Students can also gain valuable experience developing and implementing new curriculum for various courses, such as our Green Organic Chemistry Laboratory (the first of its kind in the world), or educational and outreach programs such as ChipCamp or PolyCamp.

For more information contact:
Graduate Recruiting Coordinator