Mechanical Engineering Summer Intern

1 week ago
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,600 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit


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This position is for students looking for engineering opportunities during their summer break. 

As a student in the Mechanical Engineering Division, you will be exposed to a broad range of technical challenges where you can apply your knowledge as well as learn new skills while seeing how problems of national interest are solved.  Your experience can range from applying engineering principals while designing and analyzing components, to working directly with engineers and technicians to fabricate and assemble systems.  

While working under the guidance of engineers, you can create detailed designs using 3-D CAD software (specifically SolidWorks and/or Pro/Engineer) or analyzing performance of systems by conducting simulations using finite element software (such as Ansys).  While working on tasks, you will gain a better understanding of how to design with consideration for manufacturability, proper drawing creation and tolerancing and/or analysis for structural and thermal performance.   When parts need to be fabricated, you will have the opportunity to work with highly skilled operators in Draper’s extensive machine shop, rapid prototyping lab featuring multiple 3D printers or circuit card assembly facility. You will also have the opportunity to interact with other facilities such as materials characterization or metrology.

Assignments are designed to develop a practical knowledge of processes, procedures, equipment, facilities, and systems as well as their interrelationships within engineering disciplines.  Assignments will also provide an opportunity to develop valuable networking connections which will help prepare and develop your skills for future career opportunities.  Actual project tasks will depend on immediate program priorities.





Duties may include: design and documentation of hardware, fabrication and assembly of prototypes, thermal and/or structural analysis, research and summarization of state-of-the-art capabilities available in the world, and interaction with external suppliers

  • College student in Mechanical , Industrial, Materials  or Manufacturing  Engineering, or similar
  • Must be a US citizen and enrolled in an accredited Engineering curriculum
  • Familiarity with 3D CAD packages, specifically SolidWorks or Pro/Engineer
  • Ability to work with a team and comfortable communicating with others
  • Highly desirable, though not required, are familiarity with analysis tools such as Ansys and/or Matlab, and prior experience with machine shop tools



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