Frequently asked questions about Alcon internship and co-op opportunities
How do I apply for internship or co-op opportunities with Alcon?
Learn about internships and co-op opportunities through University Recruitment at Alcon. You may then review and submit your resume to any positions that fit your skillsets and interests.
When will you hear from us after application submission?
University recruitment is an ongoing process. While you may hear from us at any time, Summer Internship applicants selected to move forward are typically contacted by a recruiter or hiring manager anytime between February and the end of May.
If you are not selected to move forward with interviews, you will receive an automated email notification.
Are Internships/Co-ops paid?
Yes, we offer competitive pay for all internships and co-op positions.
What is the typical duration of an Intern Assignment?
The Internship Program typically runs for 10-12 weeks throughout the summer months (late May- early August). Off-cycle internship and co-ops are occasionally offered during the Fall and Spring as well.
What can I expect as an Alcon Intern?
– Meaningful work assignments
– Professional mentor program
– High-visibility professional development events
– Varied intern networking activities
– Vital experience within med-device and eye care industries
What can be expected in terms of transportation to and from work?
It is a business expectation that all interns provide their own transportation to and from work.
What is the difference between an internship and a co-op?
Internships are typically one-time work or service experiences related to the student’s major or career goal. The internship plan generally involves students working in professional settings under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals.
Cooperative education programs, or co-ops, provide students with multiple periods of work in which the work is related to the student’s major or career goal. The typical program plan is for students to alternate terms of full-time classroom study with terms of full-time, discipline-related employment. Since program participation involves multiple work terms, the typical participant will work three or four work terms, thus gaining a year or more of career-related work experience before graduation. Vast majority involve some form of academic credit.
Does Alcon offer internship or co-ops at all locations?
We offer internship and/or co-op opportunities in nearly every US location; however, opportunities are based on business needs and change according to location and time frame.
Does an internship/co-op at Alcon mean I will have a full time job at the time of my graduations?
It is not a guarantee that your internship will turn into a full time role however we have had a number of interns convert into full time employees at some of our Alcon campuses. This may vary based on business need.
Does Alcon provide housing assistance?
For internships and co-ops beginning in 2018, Alcon has partnered with Internhousing.com, an online resource for affordable Intern Housing that has a Roommate Matching database and extensive Housing Resources section specifically for short term housing. Additional housing assistance is determined by the business.
For additional questions or inquiries, please contact us.