As an R&D intern, you’ll work with senior scientists and laboratory management to develop advanced technologies and products in one of 3M’s corporate research labs or business group labs.
Data Science Areas of Focus:
As a Data Science R&D Intern, you will be working with teams to help advance 3M products into new areas where they are more relevant to our customers and markets we serve. Data Science R&D Interns work on projects such connected safety products, digital dentistry, automotive electrification and connected roads.
Core Discipline Areas of Focus:
As an R&D Intern working in our core discipline areas, you’ll be working with senior researchers on a project that is more focused in technologies and products that 3M is best known for. These include technologies and products that are based on 3M traditional core technologies such as adhesives, abrasives, optical materials, fluorochemicals and advanced polymers. Or you could be working in any number of 3M’s proprietary process technologies including non-wovens, microreplication, extrusion processing and precision coatings.
The R&D internship program allows innovative individuals the opportunity to work with senior scientists on projects that have real-world applicability. Each intern will have access to 3M’s technological platforms, state-of-the-art scientific capabilities and access to a world-renowned scientific community.
An R&D internship is typically 12 weeks in length, starting in May and running through August.
The majority of R&D internships are located at 3M’s global headquarters in Maplewood, MN. Other assignments could be located in Austin, Texas, and other locations.
As an R&D intern, you will have roles in technology development, product development, technical service and product engineering. Areas of R&D could include:
Interns can participate in professional development events, as well as social events throughout their assignment. The events are designed to expose interns to the broader 3M company and culture, and help build a network.
Recruiting for open positions happens in the fall. Search key words “R&D internship” here.
You can also learn more about 3M at national conferences, such as National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, Grace Hopper, Women in Machine Learning, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and many others.
Experience in programming, machine learning, deep learning, data science, computer vision, artificial intelligence, statistics and/or applied mathematics is desired.
Subsidized housing and transportation is offered.
"This summer, I am using my electrical engineering background on a project in the Corporate Research Systems Lab that incorporates both hardware and software. As part of a larger sensor fusion research project, I am using the Robot Operating System (ROS) to examine data from sensors and leverage additional features of the sensor." Carolyn Nye, R&D intern
"During my internship at 3M there was always something new to learn about the company, the culture and the surrounding areas. I was confident that by starting my career at 3M I would find a healthy culture, a supportive team, an interesting job with an appropriate work-life balance and opportunities to continue to grow." Matthew Messina, product development engineer and former R&D intern
"The projects that are assigned to you don’t feel like busy work. This isn’t the type of internship where you just run to get coffees for your team or work on an insignificant project. It makes me more motivated and excited to come to an internship where I know the research I’m doing will help to drive a new and innovative product to the market." Brieana Gregg, R&D intern