How Did Interns Spend Their Summer at Lam Research?
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Sep 18, 2023
  • Interns joined our sites across the globe to contribute to critical projects 
  • They took over our operations in field service, engineering, and manufacturing 

Every summer, I’m energized by our interns and the impact and enthusiasm they bring to Lam in the span of just a few short months. They come into their internships with fresh eyes and perspective, ready to contribute to meaningful work that will define the technologies of tomorrow. While they start ready to learn and develop their skills, we hope our interns leave with so much more! Our internship program allows students to deepen their hands-on experience and knowledge, but also gives them the chance to expand their professional network and make lifelong connections within Lam. Here’s what it’s like to intern with us. 

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Noa Ku | Hsinchu, Taiwan

Some interns have the exciting opportunity to work on tools that support the largest chipmakers. Noa Ku, field process intern, joined us after a former Lam intern and classmate spoke about her experience working with us. Curious about the semiconductor industry, Noa applied and joined our operations in Taiwan helping bring a new Lam etch tool online at a customer site. The project was a success! Noa’s vast experiences included participating in meetings with one of our customers and entering a cleanroom. Her advice to future interns is to “learn from colleagues as much as you can and don’t be fearful to ask questions. Lam employees are always willing to answer and support you.”

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Cuauhtemoc Macias | Fremont, USA

Other interns work on products before they even hit high volume manufacturing, thinking on the fly as they test our tools in pilot production. Cuauhtemoc Macias returned to Lam for his second internship this summer as an electrical engineering intern, Pilot Engineering, after being recruited through his GEM fellowship. His project was to find a solution to accelerate outgassing when tools are pumping down in a production environment. “There are a lot of challenges that need to be solved immediately in this environment before the tools move to high volume manufacturing. With these tight turnarounds, you see a lot of creative problem solving,” Cuauhtemoc says. “You really have to think bigger and work with the resources you’ve got – and that’s really the heart of engineering.”

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Bing-Yu Wu | Villach, Austria

When interning at Lam, you might end up working on a project that optimizes our operations. For Bing-Yu Wu, engineering intern, Quality Engineering, his work this summer contributed to solving internal quality nonconformances or records of parts of assemblies that fall short of Lam standards. If not corrected, nonconformances can affect the design and manufacturing of our products, increasing the time and cost of a tool build. “My manager, Martin Riepl, gave me the space and opportunity to explore solutions using my background in materials science. I also leaned on the expertise of my team to create the highest quality outcome,” says Bing-Yu.


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Kari Harvey is the university recruiting program manager, Talent Outreach.