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Energy Systems Group Intern

hardware research and engineering | Palo Alto, CA | Internship

Job Description

Internship in the energy systems group

PARC is an applied R&D powerhouse with a world-class team of experts, a long-standing culture of innovation, and an extensive IP portfolio of materials, printing and computing technologies. The Energy Systems team at PARC is currently developing self-cooling films (passive radiative cooling) for building and cars; energy-efficient windows (thermal barriers); polymer-nanomaterial composites for energy storage and structural applications; and novel electrochemical cells. In addition, the team is constantly coming up with new innovations that form the foundation of upcoming high risk, high payoff projects.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers on a broad range of technologies, and engage at different stages of projects pipeline. Interns never get bored and find it to be an extremely rewarding experience to work at PARC! And they get a firsthand experience of the Silicon Valley.


Work with the team to build real-world devices, with the freedom to approach, own, and solve problems creatively. Interns get to evaluate ideas, brainstorm collectively, build devices, fix things that are broken, invent new technology, and work on things that matter.


We look for people who can take the bull by the horns, and do whatever it takes to deliver. We relate to people who have both breadth and depth. And, we look for people with that rare combination of a passion for deep research, a pioneering spirit, and the business savvy of an entrepreneur. For this particular internship, we are looking for people with expertise in polymer or other materials, and meeting the following requirements:

  • Undergrad/ Grad student in Physics, Materials Science or Chemistry
  • Hands-on experience in design, fabrication and testing of engineered materials
  • Available for a minimum of 12 weeks


We offer a very competitive salary package and full benefits (medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, 401K. PARC also strives for the best possible work-life balance, so employees benefit from maternity, paternity and adoption leave, as well as a variety of flexible working options. PARC employees enjoy the use of onsite health & fitness center and collegial dining at our onsite cafeteria.  The PARC campus is in a spacious modern building in close proximity to the resources and opportunities of Silicon Valley and benefits from nearby leading universities such as Stanford and Berkeley. It is also close to many amenities, top schools, and outdoor activities (see PARC provides a highly diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (see

About PARC

PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients.

Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients' businesses.

PARC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or  belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.  People with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to apply or compete for employment with PARC should contact PARC Human Resources.