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Business Transformation and Information Technology​

Business Transformation and Information Technology​ (BT & IT) Internships

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Business Transformation and Information Technology (BT & IT) Internships​

The BT & IT internship program offers the opportunity to build skills, work on a team with talented professionals and increase your leadership potential. ​


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Program Details

  • What sets this program apart from the others?​

    BT & IT interns have the opportunity to address relevant business concerns through both individual and team-oriented projects within functional areas throughout 3M, such as Applications, Infrastructure, Quality, Security, Data Intelligence, Master Data, Manufacturing and Lean Agile. The projects represent real challenges faced by 3M and mirror the work of our full-time employees.​

  • How long is the program?​

    A BT & IT internship is 10-12 weeks, typically starting in May and running through August.

  • Where will you be located?​

    Internships within BT & IT are located at 3M’s global headquarters in Maplewood, MN​.​

  • What kinds of roles are candidates hired into?​

    BT & IT interns could be assigned to any of the following areas:

    • IT Applications Center of Excellence (ACE): This team encompasses global applications and services that help enable business growth throughout 3M. Our global team is organized by Application Portfolios (Demand, Support, Supply), Application Services- Enterprise Development & Integration, and Global Areas. We focus on application development driving value realization, deployment of new IT solutions, and application support for our portfolios. Digitization and driving technology innovations to support 3M product development and commercialization are on-going priorities.
    • Infrastructure Services: The infrastructure group encompasses areas that select, implement and support hardware, system software, data, workstation and communications platforms needed across business solutions worldwide. Positions are primarily Technical Analysts, and we are looking for candidates interested in evaluating and deploying technologies, and scripting the automation of all infrastructure services, both on-premise and in the cloud.
    • Operations/Enterprise Release: This group drives continuous improvement and standardization to ensure ERP releases are high quality, compliant and low risk. This organization consists of Information Life Cycle Management, Functional & Technical Cutover, Data Archiving, Performance Engineering and Tools, SAP Security, Release Management, Quality Assurance, Test & Defect Management, and the Global Command Center and Operations Control Center.
    • Information Security, Risk and Compliance: This global organization is committed to protecting 3M and our customers. It is our objective to safeguard information, including intellectual property that is essential to our business, maintaining competitive advantage, and complying with internal policies, standards and legal requirements. This organization includes Data Loss Prevention and Endpoint Security, Compliance, Assessments, Architecture, Incidents and Investigations, Identity & Access Management, Awareness and Security Technology Management.
    • Data Intelligence Enablement: This team enables data science, analytics and reporting across the Enterprise by acquiring, integrating, governing, securing, visualizing and making data available for decision support and enterprise operations. Our team works with Big Data platforms such as Teradata, SAP HANA and Azure Data Lake; Data Integration Technologies such as Informatica, SAP BODS and Azure Data Factory; Data Visualization Technologies such as WebI, QlikView, Lumira and PowerBI; Advanced Analytics Technologies such as R, Python, Azure Databricks, etc. This team works cross-functionally within both IT and Business Groups to help 3M monetize data.
    • North American Manufacturing: This is a regional IT team that supports the processes and applications within 3M manufacturing sites across the United States and Canada. Positions are primarily business analysts looking for exposure to the business in a manufacturing setting, supporting sites and working on cross-functional teams.
    • Master Data Management: This area is focused on defining and managing the critical data elements of our organization. This includes data analysis, cleansing, and global data quality/consistency and standardization in preparation for data flow into our global ERP system.
    • Services and Strategy: This organization drives common standards, processes and methodologies across the IT organization. It includes the Program Value Management Office, which defines, governs and measures the financial impact of the IT Organization to 3M. It also includes hands-on Lean Agile coaching, training and guidance using benchmarked practices, while defining and building technology pipelines that enable more rapid and reliable delivery of our IT software solutions to our customers using automation, artificial intelligence and open-source tools.  
    • Optimization: This group partners with business process and functional teams to drive and ensure undisrupted and efficient business processes. We define holistic (end to end) system and process visions, identify optimization opportunities that address root-cause issues, enable functional and process teams to implement positive changes, and facilitate development of meaningful and predictive problem monitoring/prevention tactics.
    • Global Service Centers: The Global Service Centers have 3 sites around the globe (Costa Rica, Philippines and Poland) and a global team based in St. Paul. The GSCs support all regions and functions on back-office transactional services and customer front-facing services, with global functions and areas focusing on standardizing and centralizing activities as well as on enhancing service performance through automation, digitalization and innovation.
  • What activities are provided during the program?​

    At 3M, your IT internship is not just a summer job, but an experience. Activities include but are not limited to: a group project outside your functional role; tours of 3M’s data center and a manufacturing site; presenting to IT leadership; planning for your future through a mentoring program; and networking with other 3M IT employees.​

  • How can you begin the recruitment and application process?​

    Open positions for the BT & IT program are posted in August and taken down in December.

    ​Candidates can also connect with us at key recruiting events, such as:​

    • American Indian Science and Engineering Society​
    • Grace Hopper​
    • National Society of Black Engineers​
    • Society of Women Engineers​

    ​​3M also recruits with the following schools:​

    • Augsburg University
    • Central Michigan University​
    • Grand Valley State University​
    • Iowa State University​
    • Metropolitan State University
    • Michigan Technological University​
    • National Black MBA
    • ​Purdue University​
    • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
    • St. Cloud State University​
    • St. Thomas University
    • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities​
    • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire​
    • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
    • University of Wisconsin – River Falls​​
    • University of Wisconsin – Madison​​

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Future Opportunities​

  • Katie DeCabooter, master black belt, business technology and business relationship management IT manager and former BT & IT intern​

    "The 3M BT & IT internship program showed me what working at 3M was like, allowed me to meet and grow a network before I started full time and helped me understand what I really wanted to do when I graduated." Katie DeCabooter, master black belt, business technology and business relationship management IT manager and former BT & IT intern​

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  • Charles Collins, data loss prevention analyst and former BT & IT intern

    "The BT & IT intern team does an amazing job of connecting all BT & IT interns together with various activities throughout the summer. They also enable interns to meet management throughout the company and help find the right full-time job post-internship." Charles Collins, data loss prevention analyst and former BT & IT intern

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