Bringing Design to Life: Jumpstart your career with a design internship at 3M

Interns gain valuable experience during an intensive summer program – apply today.

Dec 22 2020 - 4:06pm


You’ve worked hard developing your skills as a product or industrial designer. Now’s the time to put them in to practice. As a world innovation leader, 3M offers interns real-world work experience in their field of study, including industrial and product design.

Learn more below and apply here.

A 3M Design Internship is a unique opportunity to apply skills you’ve learned in design school to create solutions to design challenges on a global scale. If selected, you’ll work with experienced designers on priority projects that add value to 3M’s business and the world. You’ll also have the chance to collaborate and network with fellow designers and interns from top schools.

“Our robust onboarding experience sets our interns up for success,” says Karyn Roszak, Senior Global Design Talent Development Manager. “Interns are truly part of the team with 3M’s internal design group. All interns receive coaching and support from designers with deep experience at 3M and with other well-known brands. Often, design interns go on to secure full-time positions at 3M and with leading companies world-wide, so it’s a great way to get your foot in the door and jumpstart your career.”

A look inside 3M Design

As a 3M Design intern, you’ll be part of a special team. 3M Design is a collaborative group focused on designing creative solutions that help 3M maintain its competitive advantage.  

“Design plays a critical role in every phase of our product development process,” Karyn says. “This way of thinking allows us to create meaningful brand experiences. 3M Design interns partner with senior designers and cross-functional teams to develop solutions that help improve people’s lives.”

The types of projects interns work on include brand design, design research, product design, virtual reality simulations, software UX and UI design and many other critical projects for 3M. These cornerstone assignments can set the foundation for a meaningful career in design.

A cut above: 3M Design interns are outstanding among their peers

3M looks for students currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher in industrial, graphic, brand, UX and VR fields who have completed their junior year (or higher) by the time the internship begins. Top applicants possess strong coursework experience in illustration, visual branding, typography, photography, color and pattern; and excel at ideation, visualization and sketching. Successful candidates also have a strong portfolio of design work that demonstrates superior design skills and problem-solving processes. Does this sound like you? 3M encourages you to apply today.

Start planning today

The 3M Design Internship is a 10-12-week summer program open to college juniors and seniors, and above. Open positions are posted in December-January and virtual interviews are held in February. This is a paid internship and will likely be 100% virtual, similar to the 2020 program. Post-COVID, the program will likely go back to being in-person.

You can learn more about the 3M Design Internship and read stories from program graduates here.

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