Physical/Chemical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Co-op

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States
Operations and Supply Chain


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200197366
Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, new ideas have a way of becoming extraordinary products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish. The people here at Apple don’t just build products — they craft the kind of wonder that’s revolutionized entire industries. It’s the diversity of those people and their ideas that inspires the innovation that runs through everything we do, from amazing technology to industry-leading environmental efforts. Join Apple, and help us leave the world better than we found it. As a Physical/Chemical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Intern, you will develop and implement coatings that achieve challenging cosmetic & functional requirements in our highly visible enclosure designs. We are actively seeking hardworking interns who can work full-time for at least 6 months in the spring or summer 2021 term.

Key Qualifications

  • Experience in hands-on development of PVD and CVD coatings in R&D and/or production environment
  • Working knowledge of material properties to design requirements, process drivers, and test methodologies
  • Ability to lead a development program to a schedule from research phase into manufacturing execution in a matrixed organization
  • Experience using advanced analytical techniques (such as XRF, SEM, EDS, FTIR, TEM, & XPS) to characterize film quality or solve failure modes
  • Experience establishing and validating coating processes for mass production
  • Excellent analytical skills with an emphasis toward implementing solutions
  • Ambitious, with a dedication to delivering high quality results in a dynamic environment
  • Must be available for a 6 month or longer work term


Work with Apple’s Industrial Design and Product Design teams to build working specifications related to coating processes Collaborate with premier equipment and process manufacturing partners to create next-generation processes and test limits of process capabilities Determine feasibility to achieve aggressive goals evaluating manufacturing processes at early stages of product development Plan and execute studies to confirm process capability to achieve technical goals for high volume programs Present analysis to key decision makers that will be used to make commercial and design commitments Work directly with overseas manufacturers implementing solutions meeting high-volume commercial goals

Education & Experience

Pursuing degree in Materials Science, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent; MS/PhD preferred. To qualify for Apple's internship program, candidates must be enrolled in school and must return to school at the completion of their internship. You also qualify if accepted into a graduate program after graduation.

Additional Requirements