IACMI completes summer internship program

IACMI selected 15 participants and awarded a paid 10-week internship at one of five IACMI partner locations.

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) in Knoxville recently concluded its summer internship program, which provided undergraduate and graduate students with national exposure, hands-on access to manufacturing equipment and academic interactions with scientists and engineers in advanced composites and manufacturing fields. IACMI received several hundred applications from more than 116 colleges and universities across the country—with only 15 participants selected and awarded a paid 10-week internship at one of five IACMI partner locations. Summer interns were introduced in Indiana during the IACMI Members Meeting with national laboratories, IACMI partner universities and industry partners such as Volkswagen, Dassault Systèmes and Lockheed Martin.

IACMI interns conduct research at one of five partner sites across the U.S.—Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee—that align with the Composites Institute's five shared research, development, and demonstration facilities; composite materials and process, compressed gas storage, design, modeling and simulation, vehicles, and wind turbines. IACMI interns partnered with mentors on a variety of projects ranging from designing and producing a composite Hyperloop shell prototype to developing polystyrene microcapsules around a paraffin wax core to be used in the creation of wind turbine blades.

By exposing students to cutting-edge composites technology research, the internship program provides participants with the opportunity to become engaged in and contribute to activities relevant to the composites industry. This helps aid the creation of a new generation of the composites workforce and expand the composites industry for future career growth.

"The successful integration of innovative technologies depends on a number of critical factors including the availability of a skilled workforce with hands-on training in advanced materials," says Craig Blue, CEO of IACMI. "The IACMI Internship Program helps educate and develop the human talent needed to support composites technologies in a broad range of sectors including automotive, wind, compressed gas, aerospace, energy, defense, and other industrial applications."

The IACMI Internship is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities, (ORAU). Supportive collaborations with IACMI partners lend a diverse experience to the program for recruiting students of high quality and exceptional technical aptitude. Future internship opportunities at IACMI will be announced soon.