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First Solar, Inc. | Tempe, AZ
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Job Description

Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world's energy mix.

* Primary Job Functions:

We're changing the world. Let us start with yours.

First Solar's engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) team is looking for candidates who believe in our mission of providing cost-advantaged solar technology through innovation, customer engagement, industry leadership and operational excellence. Our team strives to design and safely build photovoltaic (PV) power and storage systems that we, and the communities they are located in, can be proud of for decades to come.

The EPC team is looking for individuals that want to be at the forefront of leading change in PV systems including our industry leading accomplishment of continuously reducing the cost of solar power through innovation in both systems design and safe execution. Ideal candidates will constantly challenge and change their own assumptions and ideas and, through collaboration, allow us to continually improve on our reliable designs and safe execution. In return, our team will provide a supportive, fast-paced work environment where our associates are encouraged to take ambiguous and uncertain problems and then generate and integrate new ideas to help design and build the PV systems to help us lead the world's sustainable energy future.

Intern Job Title: Business Analytics Intern (Must have Intern in the Title)

Reports To: Director Business Operations, EPC

Job Status: Hourly

Job Overview:

Leading the world's sustainable energy future, First Solar interns work around the globe/country in research and development, marketing, project development, information technology, engineering, energy services and much more. When you work at First Solar, you will be challenged every day and provided real world experience. You will be given the opportunity to find new solutions and develop new skills to further advance your skillset. At First Solar we strive to foster a culture that encourages innovation through collaboration, urging colleagues to take smart risks, learning from failures and course correcting, and owning personal accountability for contributing to our mission.

Expected Length of Internship:

* Internship will last 1 semester. There is some flexibility on total duration and begin/end dates (2019 summer would be latest start).
* As an internship company, we allow flexibility to be enrolled in classes while working as an intern, as long as it doesn't interfere with the essential functions of the position.


* 0-3 years exposure to/working with Business Analytics, Statistics, Information System processes and software applications.
* Useful experience:
* Excel skills creating macros, pivot tables, conditional formatting, etc.
* Able to understand and trace data table structures and data flows.
* Proven interpersonal and communication skills in-person, on the phone and via e-mail.
* Basic SQL query skills a plus.


* Must currently be enrolled in a Bachelors, Master's or PhD program who is fulfilling a graduation requirement for their degree. If in BS program, prefer 3rd year student.
* Typical degree program would be Business Analytics, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or related field.

* First Solar encourages all interns to register with their University.

Required Skills/Competencies:

* Requirements gathering from a technical standpoint.
* Create documentation according to project standards.
* Write functional specifications and work instructions.

Basic Internship Scope (Project):

* Intern will work with and under the direction of, Analytics Engineers on the development and maintenance of metrics and measures, which are the key performance indicators of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects and the health of the business.
* Intern will (working with Analytics Engineers) apply formal problem solving methodologies to EPC business work processes to measure business performance, analyze results, institutionalize improvements, and establish control mechanisms. This will include working on one or more continuous improvement projects (TBD at start of internship).
* Upon the completion of this internship, the intern is required to present their accomplishments and project summary to the leadership team.

US Physical Requirements:

Office Physical Requirements:

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. First Solar is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Project Site (non-craft) Requirements:

* May be required to travel to a project site for project data collection/work observation.
* Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures.
* Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including but not limited to; steel toed shoes, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective jacket or apron and arm guards)

Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check band any other tests that may be required.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar, Inc. designs and manufactures solar modules using a thin film semiconductor technology. The Company's solar modules employ a thin layer of cadmium telluride semiconductor material to convert sunlight into electricity. Each solar module is approximately 2 feet by 4 feet (60 centimeters by 120 centimeters) and had an average rated power of approximately 73 watts, during the fiscal year ended December 27, 2008. Its solar module is a single-junction polycrystalline thin film structure that uses cadmium telluride as the absorption layer and cadmium sulfide as the window layer. The Company's solar power systems and project development business provides a variety of integrated services to its customers as part of a system solution delivery. These services include solar power system design, procurement of permits and balance of system components, construction management, monitoring and maintenance. (Source: 10-K)