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Veldhoven (Netherlands)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (ASML)
Computer Hardware & Software
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
We make machines that make microchips; the hearts of the devices that keep us informed, entertained and safe; devices that improve our quality of life and help to tackle the world’s toughest problems. We build some of the most amazing machines that you will ever see ... Read more

Mission: ASML's mission is to invent, develop, manufacture and service advanced technology for high-tech lithography, metrology and software solutions for the semiconductor industry.

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ASML – Why Work For Us?

At ASML we believe that technology is a force for good. It connects us, whoever and wherever we are in the world, and it changes how we live, work and play. ASML is the world's leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry. We make the tools for a critical manufacturing step, defining the structures that form the electrical circuits on a chip. We provide chipmakers with everything they need to mass produce patterns on silicon. 

Some facts about ASML: 

- 23,247 employees

- € 10.9 billion net sales

- 60 offices in 16 countries

- € 2.6 billion net income

- 123 different nationalities

- € 1.5 billion research & development spending

In 1984, Philips and Advanced Semiconductor Materials International (ASMI) created a new company to develop lithography systems. Called ASML, we began our days inauspiciously, located in a wooden shed next to a Philips building in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. That same year we launched the PAS 2000 stepper, our first system. By 1985 we grew to 100 employees and moved into futuristic-looking headquarters in nearby Veldhoven. In 1986 we brought the PAS 2500 stepper to market, which impressed the semiconductor industry with its superior alignment technology. The seed of our success had been planted, and the PAS 2500 stepper helped build the reputation of some of today’s leading semiconductor manufacturers. In the same year we established our very close partnership with lens manufacturer Carl Zeiss, which endures until today. By 1988 we began to make in-roads in the Asian market, after Philips established a joint-venture foundry in Taiwan. In the United States we grew from a few employees to 84, spread over five locations. ASMI withdrew from the ASML joint venture and was bought out by Philips.

In 1991, we launched what turned out to be our breakthrough platform, the PAS 5500, which reduced manufacturing times for our customers. In 1995, we launched an initial public offering on the Amsterdam and NASDAQ stock exchanges, bringing in capital to fuel our growth further. We expanded our production facilities in Veldhoven. In 2000, we acquired Silicon Valley Group, adding Wilton in Connecticut as an R&D and manufacturing location.

In 2001, we introduced the TWINSCAN system and its dual-stage technology. These systems expose one wafer while the next wafer is already being measured, which maximizes the productivity of the system as well as its accuracy, boosting the value of ownership for our customers. In 2007, we shipped the first TWINSCAN XT:1900i. As an immersion system, the TWINSCAN XT:1900i projects light through water between the lens and the wafer, meaning it can produce smaller features on chips while using light with the same wavelength. By mid-2008, we had an installed base of 100 immersion systems at 20 customers.

In 2010, we shipped the first NXE:3100, a prototype Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography tool, to the research facility of an Asian chip maker. This cutting-edge technology uses light of a shorter wavelength than previous lithography machines, meaning customers can image smaller features, and thus pack more transistors on a chip, continuing Moore’s Law. To accelerate the development of next-generation lithography technologies, in 2012, we created the Customer Co-Investment Program with three of our key customers – Intel, TSMC and Samsung. All agreed to contribute to the R&D of next-generation lithography technologies over five years, and acquired equity stakes in the company. In 2013, we completed the acquisition of Cymer, the San Diego-based manufacturer of light sources, to accelerate the development of EUV. In parallel, we continued to improve the performance of our immersion lithography systems, the work horses of the chip industry, resulting in the first shipment of the NXT:1970Ci. 

Our company has many dimensions: from physics to finance, from San Diego to Shanghai, from Research to Logistics. It offers the opportunity to broaden our view and realize our potential. For the eager, this company does not just offer a job - it offers a career.

To get to the best ideas, we question everything while keeping an open, curious mind. We know that a great idea can come from anyone, so we foster a melting pot of different backgrounds, talents and passions. We are proud of that diversity and we know that it makes us stronger. We are eager to share our knowledge and want to learn new things. We cherish our open culture that makes it all possible.

Who we are?

- We are ambitious.

We set the bar high for everything we do, we trust in our abilities to reach our goals and we continuously improve ourselves, our products and processes in search of excellence.

- We are committed.

We persevere until we reach our goal. We get the job done because we feel a responsibility for the industry and for the communities in which we operate.

- We have a thirst for knowledge.

We are eager to learn new things and understand different perspectives. We make time to simplify what is complex, helping others to understand and contribute.

- We are creative.

We foster an environment where the best ideas can emerge. That means asking for and sharing opinions openly, respectfully and often.

- We are rational.

We measure what we do and use that data to improve our work. In our world of nanometers, details matter, so we make sure we dot our i’s and cross our t’s. We take smart risks to push our technology and business forward.

At ASML we bring together people with various backgrounds, skills and competencies in order to develop ground breaking technologies. 

No matter what your background is...
The challenges you will face, the stimulating colleagues you will work with and the breakthroughs that will become an everyday part of your life. You will also learn more about the unmatched career development opportunities we offer. No matter what your background is, there is plenty to excite you at ASML.

Doing your internship or graduation project at ASML offers you the opportunity to look behind the scenes in one of the world's leading providers of lithography systems. During your internship you will discover whether our dynamic challenging work environment fits you and your ambitions.

ASML is always looking for ambitious, talented students who are passionate about the world of complex technology. Please have a look in our database for the currently available assignments. If none of the assignments matches your interests, you can also submit an open application. A lot of projects start as thoughts in the heads of our engineers and your open application can trigger them to formalize these thoughts into your assignment at ASML.

Your application should consist of a CV and a cover letter, where you mention your interests, ideas, motivation and availability. Please keep in mind that we can only consider students (who are enrolled at a school during the whole internship period) for our internships and graduation assignments.

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    Free snacks and free dinner. Newly renovated building. Many conference rooms.


    Not enough coffee machines near the office.

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    The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at ASML.


    15 minutes phone interview. I have worked with much better qualified people. I felt the interview was fake for H1B or green card application and the person conducting interviews was not at all interested

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