Product Design Internships

Bobby Snell sketching a clipper design during his internship at Wahl.

It has been an incredible summer, I was more just a part of the design team than an intern. I was incorporated into most of their major projects, helped with sketching, prototyping, just the full design process.

Bobby Snell
Interned at Wahl

Product design internships are a central part of our curriculum and provide students with work experience and exposure to professional practices in a business setting. Internships can be taken in the summer between the second and third and/or the third and fourth years of the Product Design program, but some of our students have landed internships as soon as the summer after their first year. You will be matched with identified companies to make sure the internship is a good fit and the work is appropriate to the curriculum.

Our community partnerships extend around the country to provide varied product design internship experiences. You will have the opportunity to branch out or focus your studies based on where you want your career to take you.

Internship stories

Fiat Chrysler / Danialle Baumgardner

They were impressed by my portfolio and wanted to schedule an interview with their color and materials team. The interview was conducted by a team of six people on Google Hangout. We began the interview by going through three portfolio pieces, followed by a few questions about how I work with people, and then personality-related questions. I received an email from my FCA contact and she told me they really liked me and that I would hear back in a couple of weeks.
Dreaming in color, how Danialle landed an internship at Fiat Fiat Chrysler Automobile

HASBRO / Madison Dempster

I work on creating new and fun board game ideas that could possibly be actually concepts one day. I also help with board games they are creating but just need extra help on. We sometimes come up with brand new board game ideas or different ways to play the classic games. It's pretty great!
WMU product design student helps envision games of the future as Hasbro intern 

Tekna / Aisha Thaj

I have learned so much during my industrial design internship! I now understand that good design is a mix of plenty of research, scrapped ideas and countless sketches, along with engineering/functionality considerations. From a skills standpoint, my sketching has improved, and I was able to dip my toes into the world of modeling software. But even more importantly, I have a better idea of my career goals with something tangible I can work towards―and that makes my experience at Tekna invaluable. 
Industrial Design Internship - Ellipses and I Have Come a Long Way

Textron Aviation / Aisha Thaj

The internship was a mix of graphic design, product design, VR/AR development, digital art, and interior design. In the interview, she asked me a specific software question, which threw me off, because I actually knew what she was talking about since it was about a process I had used through my job working at the VR development studio on campus. After that win, the rest of the interview felt easy!
From 20 internship applications to one perfect fit with Textron Aviation

Other internships

Fabri-Kal / Kylie Stroub (x2)

IDA Design / Scott Bridges

Wahl Clipper / Robert Snell

Wolf and Shepherd / Madison Dempster