Technical Design Intern - Summer 2024
Maryland Heights, MO 
Posted 6 days ago
Job/Internship Description


Avient Corporation provides specialized and sustainable material solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world. Examples include:

* Dyneema, the world's strongest fiber, enables unmatched levels of performance and protection for end-use applications, including ballistic personal protection, marine and sustainable infrastructure and outdoor sports

* Unique technologies that improve the recyclability of products and enable recycled content to be incorporated, thus advancing a more circular economy

* Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation and reduce carbon footprint

* Sustainable infrastructure solutions that increase energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural resource conservation and fiber optic / 5G network accessibility

Avient employs approximately 10,000 associates and is certified ACC Responsible Care, a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and certified Great Place to Work. For more information, visit


Avient Corporation is a world-class sustainable organization built on innovation, collaboration, and employee development. We are committed to providing a supportive and dynamic work environment where our diverse associates can grow and succeed, as well positively impacting our planet and the communities we serve. Our Great Place to Work culture, values, and benefits make Avient an employer of choice for top talent.

Job Summary

The summer Design Intern will serve the Avient Design team during the summer of 2023 (start and end dates are flexible). Work will consist of assisting designers and engineers with client projects as well as internal initiatives that may be independently lead by the intern. Client projects are often focused on medical, transportation, industrial, or consumer markets. Previous intern-lead projects have included product tear downs and testing, generating material and industry specific case studies, designing product testing apparatuses, and tip-to-tail development of consumer products that specifically leverage Avient's specialty materials.

In addition to learning alongside professional designers and engineers, interns will benefit from intentional material, manufacturing, and software training Avient Design has created for undergraduates. We will also do our best to select projects and training based on the intern's interests. The intern will be able to choose to work remotely or to join the designers in the St. Louis office on a flexible, hybrid schedule.

Avient can help identify local living accommodations for interns as needed.

Essential Functions

* Support the vision, mission and guiding principles of the company.

* Provide market research on a given product category

* Collaborate with other team members on brainstorming activities

* Create concept sketches and illustrations

* Compile client presentations

* Develop CAD models and 3D printed prototypes with accommodations for molding draft and other manufacturing process considerations based on recommended materials

* Create orthographic drawings for quoting purposes

* Model building / functional prototyping.

* Present to team member and clients

* Communication skills are important to understand expectations and stay up to speed on developments

* While performing any procedure, all associates and contract personnel must observe applicable Safety, Health, and Environmental rules and guidelines. The use of appropriate personal protective equipment is required.

* Adhere to appropriate company operating procedures, benefit rules, employment policies, and safety policies.

* Collaborate in cross-functional project teams across business units.

* Other Duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

* Currently pursuing a BA/BS degree with emphasis in Industrial Design or related field.

* Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Solidworks (or similar CAD software)

* Must have ability to reason and address problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

* Must have basic Industrial Design skills including creative thinking and problem solving, hand sketching and model building skills.

* Must have manual dexterity sufficient to operate a wide variety of small hand tools, power tools, 3D printers, etc.

* Willingness and ability to travel.

* Relevant internship experience is preferred.

Additional Qualifications

* Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to acquire, assimilate, and analyze data from multiple data sources using a variety of business intelligence and reporting tools.

* Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines, as well as take initiative.

* Team player with strong project coordination and organization skills required.

* Strong oral and written communication skills required.


* Each position at Avient focuses on eight Core Competencies as a Leader of Self. Additionally, management positions focus on Leadership Competencies as a Leader of Others and/or a Leader of the Business. These competencies are designed to drive behavior that will ultimately help our associates excel at their current roles, while supporting individual and career development.

Physical Demands

* Must be able to traverse and operate computer and other office equipment.

* Typical work is in an office environment where the noise level is low to moderate.

Avient Corporation is a drug free workplace. Avient is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination in providing equal employment to all qualified employees and candidates regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran's status, or other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable federal, state and local law.

PolyOne is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status, or other legally protected classification in the state in which a person is seeking employment. PolyOne will use E-Verify to ensure employment eligibility of newly hired employees where required.


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As soon as possible
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