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Summer Intern Position

Summer Intern Position

Who We Are

At Optimal Design, we build cutting-edge technology solutions for clients across many industries. For over twenty years, our team of expert designers, engineers and programmers have been dedicated to delivering beautifully and intelligently designed products that exceed the expectations of our customers. Our commitment to best-in-class user experiences, industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and software engineering has earned us recognition as an industry leader in IoT connected solutions, virtual reality, and wearables.

We take pride in our collaborative and cross-disciplinary approach to projects, working with the speed of a startup and the wisdom of industry veterans. As a member of our growing team, you’ll help solve important challenges in medical, industrial, virtual reality, and consumer electronics markets.

Job Description

Optimal Design, one of Illinois’ Best Places to Work, is looking for the best, brightest, and most innovative industrial design, mechanical, electrical and software interns to help us build the most amazing hardware in the world. Candidates completing their sophomore year of college and later will be considered and must be U.S. citizens or green card holders. Open positions are on-site in the Arlington Heights headquarters located at 601 West Campus Drive or the Chicago studio located at 566 West Adams St.

What You’ll Do

As a Summer Intern at Optimal Design, depending on your field of focus, you will:

  • Imagine new devices and apply the latest technology to provide client business solutions they need
  • Employ user-centered design principles to understand and improve product experiences
  • Build proof-of-concept devices to showcase the latest in technology
  • Design and validate new product prototypes
  • Troubleshoot challenging system problems
  • Optimize designs and create test systems for production manufacturing
  • Collaborate alongside industry leading industrial designers as well as mechanical, electrical, and software engineers
  • Learn the Optimal Design engineering/design process and how it creates world class products for our clients

Who We’re Looking For

An ideal Intern candidate has the following skills:

  • Have completed their sophomore year of college or later in an applicable program of Industrial/Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science.
  • Meaningful experience demonstrating the ability to confront difficult problems independently and in a team environment
  • Enthusiastic interest in a broad range of technology applications and in generating innovative solutions
  • Excellent communication skills, self-managing initiative, and detail oriented workmanship
  • US Citizen or green card holder

Enhancing qualifications:

  • Have completed their junior year of college or enrolled in a Masters degree in an applicable program of Industrial/Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science.

What We’ll Need

If you’re as crazy about innovative product design as we are, please send your resume to with the Subject “<Select 1: ID/ME/EE/SW> Summer Intern Position”.

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