Intern Profile: Amaya Lucas ’15
July 16, 2014
Amaya Lucas ’15
Majors: Mathematical sciences, physics
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Can you tell us what you’re doing this summer? What are your basic duties as an intern?
This summer I am working at FEI Company in Hillsboro in their research and development department. I’m working with a prototype dual beam system, which is a machine containing both a scanning electron microscope and a focused ion beam, used for high resolution microscopy and machining on the nanometer scale. I am running experiments to test and characterize the performance of this prototype.
How has Lewis & Clark supported you in the process of finding, securing, and funding your internship?
Lewis & Clark was integral in helping me secure this internship. My research work on campus with Assistant Professor of Physics Shannon O’Leary last summer gave me the experience FEI was looking for, and the Miller Internship Award is funding my work for the summer since the position is unpaid.
How do you see this internship leading to a career in your chosen field and aiding in your overall career development?
If I choose to pursue a career in research, the experience I am gaining by working in this lab will be a great benefit. This is also an opportunity to explore the field and decide if it is a path I want to follow.
The purpose of the Miller Summer Internship Award is to underwrite or supplement expenses of students at Lewis & Clark College who are engaged in scientific research internships in the mathematical and natural sciences. This opportunity is made possible by a generous grant from the Miller Foundation.