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ASML Overview

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 had another record year in 2017, exceeding €9 billion net sales and €2 billion net income. "Due to industry strength, some customers requested earlier shipments of their lithography systems, which we were able to accommodate. Earlier-than-expected revenue recognition of two Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) systems contributed to the strong performance in the fourth quarter as well. With EUV sales crossing the 1.1 billion euro mark, 2017 was the year in which preparations for inserting EUV into high-volume chip manufacturing shifted into a higher gear. This is underlined by orders for 10 more EUV systems in the fourth quarter. Sales of our Holistic Lithography and Installed Base Management products also showed significant growth in 2017," ASML President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Wennink said. Read more:

    ASML's Full Year & Q4 2017 Results

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  • In Wilton, CT, just 2 hours outside of New York City, our team develops leading-edge machines and software critical for ASML's semiconductor lithography systems. We push the boundaries of what is possible with the drive to be better than we were yesterday, every day.

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ASML – Why Work For Us?

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. 

At ASML we make world leading high tech lithography machines for our chip making customers. These tailor made machines can image billions of structures in a few seconds with an accuracy of a few silicon atoms. 

We bring together the most brilliant minds and offer them the ultimate challenge to solve complex technical problems. Every day we dare you to push your limits.

At ASML we bring together the most brilliant minds 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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    One of its research and manufacturing sections is located in Wilton, CT, on the Eastcoast of US. ASML has its main section in Dutch. The colleagues are quite nice and creative. I enjoy the corporate culture in this company. Another thing that I appreciate this company brings me is the soft skills trainings, which is very helpful for personal development as well.

    I think it is a good company to develop a nice career path.


    You can be confused at the management structure at the very beginning, especially as a new employee. But gradually, I start to figure out the advantages of current managing structure. This can help company keep productive while value people at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to thank my GL and PL first and I do think he did a very job on guiding people as well as controlling projects. But I heard from other departments or teams that not all the managers have the same wise management style, which would depress and stress out some of our smart and hard-working employees. Please take some actions to have the not-so-good managers to learn from the very good managers.

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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at ASML.


    First spoke with the hiring engineer then with the HR rep who asked the detailed questions. With the engineer, i realized the job was not a good fit and we ended it there, but he obviously did not pass that information along to the HR Rep.

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