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"For the industry, photonics engineers can make the quantum leap. Shaping the photonic industrial revolution starts with the right education."

Jan Watté

Group leader R&D Optics Advanced Engineering at Commscope

A major concern to many students, and also one of the most frequently asked questions is: “How can I show proof of my skills, talents and motivation without any job experience ?”.

The Master of Science in Photonics Engineering has a strong tradition in offering high-level internships in collaboration with leading companies and research institutes worldwide within the photonics domain, both in Belgium and wordwide. Student can get their first on-the-job experience and improve both their technical/application/desiging/modelling skills and their 21st century soft skills under the guidance of company supervisors/lab technician/ R&D engineers/developers/etc. and thus gain their first ‘workfloor’-experience.

The programme offers 2 internships:

  • Internship in Photonics, 10 ECTS (in Belgium or abroad, duration min. 10 weeks)
  • Internship on Photonics, 5 ECTS (in Belgium or abroad, duration min. 5 weeks)

As an intern, students become part of a professional team that develops the future of photonics. You can discover how real-life projects progress, how a initial idea turns into reality and help design innovative products that make a difference to the world. And where you can also make the difference.

The internships involve different aspects from a job which allows you to develop project planning and presentation competences next to engineering skills.

Industry & RESEARCH Expert Partners

Luceda Photonics’ tools and services are rooted in over 50 years of experience in photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design.

Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets.

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies.

CMOSIS is a pure-play supplier of standard, off-the-shelf as well as custom area and line scan CMOS image sensors.


ADB Airfield Solutions is a world-leading airfield technology company providing end-to-end, integrated and sustainable solutions for visual guidance.

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON) is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use.

FBGS is a Belgium/Germany based developer and manufacturer of high strength Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) using draw tower technology, where the grating array is written during the drawing process of the fiber.

Created in 1996, Lambda-X designs, develops and manufactures optical & metrology systems as well as subsystems for Ophthalmology, Space, Defense & Industry.

Trinean, acquired by Unchained Labs, is a Belgium based instrumentation company, bringing micro-volume molecular spectroscopy to the next level by combining best in class analytical software with a highly standardized read-out platform.

XenomatiX develops automotive Lidar solutions. The solid state Lidar technology allows vehicles to digitize and understand in real-time the road and its surrounding. The novel projection pattern leads to unprecedented detection reliability and operates in all weather and light conditions.

Caliopa, powered by Huawei, is a leader in Silicon Photonics components.

Skylane Optics supplies a broad range of optical transceivers, passive products and smarthome

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in mainland China.

Sony Depthsensing Solutions is a leader in 3D vision and gesture recognition technologies.

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) helps companies around the world design, build and manage their wired and wireless networks.

Yenista Optics designs and manufactures fiber optic test and measurement equipment for a broad range of applications: from high bandwidth communications to a wide variety of scientific and research markets. From France.


The Master of Science in Photonics Engineering offers a broad range of experts. These companies are a selection of our industrial partners.

Contact us to find out more!

Cheyenne Goeminne

Consultancy Manager Data Analytics at Covestro

”I enjoyed my internship within AMS/CMOSIS very much. A great experience to learn how companies work and how vital precise measurements are in real-life projects.”

Last chance!


• For non-visa-required EU students
• Starting in academic year 2023-2024
• Up to €10.000