Prototyping Shop Intern (Summer 2020) - mHUB Careers
Prototyping Shop Intern (Summer 2020)

Prototyping Shop Intern (Summer 2020)

Timing: Summer 2020

Location: Chicago, IL

mHUB, Chicago’s physical product innovation center, is looking for prototyping shop interns to aid the shop staff in operating a 14,000 sq. ft. prototyping shop. This is an exciting opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art prototyping shop, including a woodworking lab, metal fabrication lab, plastics lab, CNC machine lab, 3D printing lab, laser cutting lab, electronics lab, testing lab, and wet lab. Born out of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s World Business Chicago office, mHUB is creating the conditions for product innovation to thrive.

Just two stops on the Blue line to downtown Chicago, mHUB sits in the heart of West Town, neighbors with some of the fastest growing Chicago-born companies like Groupon, Lightbank, and Uptake. Chicago’s CTA Blue line stop makes mHUB an easy, stress-free commute for interns travelling from city and suburbs alike. mHUB is an ideal workplace for energetic, entrepreneurial-minded students looking to immerse themselves in Chicago’s developing economy and startup culture.


- Monitor the activities in the prototyping shop for safe and appropriate use

- Operate equipment to assist members in producing prototypes

- Assist in implementing shop signage, manuals, and online resources

- Maintain a professionally clean environment throughout labs, supply rooms, storage areas, etc.

- Assist in maintaining tool inventory and supplies

- Troubleshoot equipment issues and assist in ongoing maintainence

The ideal candidate should be enrolled in a college or vocational program. High school diploma or GED required. Some experience working with tools such as in a maker space, machine shop, wood shop, or fabrication situation required. Should be detail-oriented, with communication and project management skills. Must be a self-directed independent worker capable of continually driving improvements and tasks with limited oversight; excellent time management skills. Experience working in a startup environment with evolving priorities and processes a plus. Familiarity with CAD and CAM software, as well as general computer and network familiarity. Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical people. Ability to do physical work: heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 70 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70% of job). Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions. Work involves exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

This internship is compensated through a stipend.

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