Early-in-Career Opportunities

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Kick off your career

Ciena is home to co-ops, interns, and graduates across the globe. Our programs engage early-in-career professionals to work on real projects involving next-generation technologies. 

Co-op & Internship Program

We actively look to support student development at the Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. levels.  We offer 4,8, 12, and 16-month work term cycles with flexiblilty for start and end dates.

The Ciena Graduate Program

We have various opportunities with Research and Development, Engineering, Sales, Services, Supply Chain and Information Technology.

The early-in-career experience at Ciena

Kelia Updike, a graduate of the marketing Development Program, and Tyler Clayton and Cameron Barnes graduates of the Sales Development Program, discuss their experiences. 

Reaching your career potential

As an experienced leader and professional, Kailem Anderson, VP, Portfolio and Engineering, reflects on his career journey and provides his advice for growth and development.

 Ciena interns share their experiences

Internships and student programs offer early professionals the opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain valuable work experience in an area that interests them. Some of Ciena’s interns share their experiences and what they’ve learned along the way.

Meet our New Grads and Interns


What our New Grads and interns are saying

The team members at Ciena are the driving force behind my learning and development journey. We created a knowledge-sharing culture through collaborative learning projects. I was mentored and coached by seasoned team members, who helped me acclimate faster and nurture my potential for success.

Anand Singh

Routing/IP Software Engineer
New Grad
I've enjoyed my time here because it has given me the opportunity to learn more about software development in the workforce. Although I have only been here for a few months, my team and other Co-op students have been very welcoming and eager to provide me with support when needed.

Jaiden Clee

Software Engineering Intern
I had the incredible opportunity to combine engineering principles with sales skills which helped me begin a career towards technical excellence. The New Graduate Program provided me insights into working together to create innovative solutions to mitigate network challenges our customers face.

Jahmani Smith

Associate Sales Engineer
New Grad
I collaborate with team members in designing and implementing robust security measures on Ciena's optical networking product to ensure that the world stays connected safely and securely. I am excited for what's to come as we keep pushing limits and shaping the future of communication together.

Britney Baker

Systems Software Engineer
I feel lucky to be a part of the account team on one of the largest Tier 1 providers in Australia. These early-in-career opportunities have given me a unique chance to learn from the experts, develop my knowledge in the telecom field, and foster relations with partner companies.

Ned Tickner

Associate Sales Engineer
New Grad
Ciena's commitment to diversity and inclusion provides an ideal platform for cultivating new ideas. Every individual's perspectives are acknowledged and respected, with their contributions recognized and celebrated.

Vaishnavi Jha

Systems Software Engineer
New Grad

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