Innovation Center Intern - Summer 2019 in Glenview, IL at ITW

Date Posted: 10/1/2018

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Position at ITW Corporate

Innovation Center Intern – Summer 2019

The Engineering Intern will report to the Technology or Analytical Research Manager within the ITW Innovation Center.  This internship position will expose the candidate to the concepts and practices of performing Technology investigations, including Market and IP characterization, as well as providing immersion into the field of analytical testing. Under direction, the candidate will have the opportunity to explore technologies associated with ITW Automotive, Construction, Food Equipment, Polymer and Fluids, Specialty Products, Test & Measurement and Electronics, as well as Welding businesses. The candidate may also explore Additive Manufacturing and Industrial Internet/Internet 4.0 technologies in detail to understand the trends, benefits and limitations of each in today’s industrial manufacturing environment.

The position will involve the combination of primary/secondary research, analysis, interpretation, product testing and reporting on assigned topics.

Internship Details

During the onboarding period, the candidate will learn about ITW corporate and business structures and key technologies, which support the businesses and the role of the Innovation Center in supporting the growth of our businesses.  Time will be spent on discussing the Innovation Center product offerings Including the ITW Customer-Back Innovation Process, Technology Investigation services, and Analytical Support Services.

Based on the candidate’s educational field, one of the following tracks will be pursued:

Enterprise Technology Investigation: Several technologies have significant potential implications across numerous ITW businesses. These “Enterprise” technologies are constantly monitored for developments applicability to ITW. The intern can spend time working with one such Enterprise Technology:

  • Robotics and Visions Systems
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Technical Investigation: Initial training and discussion on how to conduct technology investigations will be followed by mentored assignments practicing proper primary/secondary technology research through the use of extensive internal and external tools, focused filtering, culminating in the development of final business reports which address the business needs and aid in directing business actions. As is feasible, candidates will participate directly with an ITW business to gain experience in field of educational focus.

Analytical Track: The intern will work under the direction of the analytical chemist or metallurgist performing sample preparation, testing, analysis and reporting on real world business projects.


  • Current Junior or Senior college student, pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, or Engineering.


  • A driving intellectual curiosity

This internship is approximately 40 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks, with flexible start and end dates within the range of May-September 2019.  

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