Are you interested in a cutting-edge manufacturing technologies internship?

Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) seeks to prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technicians who will advance manufacturing technologies and processes into the 21 st century. The LIFT Learning Lab Internship Program offers junior-level and senior-level undergraduate students attending Wayne State University or the University of Michigan a chance to participate in a 16-week research experience with an assigned mentor at LIFT Headquarters.

LIFT, operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), is a public-private partnership whose mission is to develop and deploy advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies, and implement education and training programs to prepare the workforce. The LIFT partnership includes Tier 1 OEMs, their suppliers, small and start-up manufacturers, academia, research institutes, educators, workforce development organizations, and professional societies from across industries around the country.

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Program participants will receive:

  • The opportunity to become familiar with state-of-the-art equipment and learn about lightweight manufacturing from accomplished engineers. This interaction with scientists and engineers, coupled with the networking opportunity to establish contacts within the lightweight manufacturing industry, will encourage further study and career preparation.
  • A competitive stipend of:
    $15 per hour for junior-level standing
    $20 per hour for senior-level standing


This program is open to qualified junior-level and senior-level undergraduate students. To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a junior- or senior-level student in good standing at a four-year institution in the state of Michigan.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or the equivalent as verified by updated transcripts.
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of appointment.
  • Have two letters of reference submitted through Zintellect.
  • Provide proof of health insurance coverage. The participant can purchase health insurance coverage through ORAU, if needed.


The 2018 application for the fall-term is NOW OPEN!

Electronic applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 fall-term internship opportunities. The appointment dates for the opportunity are August – December 2018. The appointment requires a maximum commitment of 25 hours of participation per week for 16 weeks.

How to Apply

Applicants for the 2018 fall internship opportunity must use the following link to apply:

Opportunity Number Opportunity Title Location Application Deadline

Technical Focus

LIFT is recruiting for two separate internship opportunities, one focusing on Material Science and Mechanical Engineering and one focusing on Thermo-Mechanical and an introduction to Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME).

The Material Science and Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Mechanics (ME/EM) internship will be open to juniors in a relevant undergraduate program and will expose the student to concepts of equipment certification, standards, and statistical variation. The student will have the opportunity to apply these concepts by performing testing on materials derived during the LIFT Metrology Lab’s Melt and Joining projects.

The Thermo-Mechanical and Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) internship is open to seniors in a relevant undergraduate program and will afford the student opportunity to familiarize themselves with LIFT manufacturing capabilities in Thermo-Mechanical Processing (TMP) as well as participation on teams working on TMP related research. The TMP programs will also allow the student a view into the use of ICME as a component of advanced research.

In addition, students will gain exposure to LIFT’s broader focus on its technology pillars: Joining and Assembly, Coatings, Novel/Agile Processing, Thermo-Mechanical Processing, and Powder Processing. Students may be exposed to a variety of equipment and processes including: extrusion press, flexible joining system, hydroforming press, stamping/forming press, hot isostatic processing, metal injection molding, tilt-pour casting, and linear friction welding through an introduction to the new equipment in LIFT’s High Bay.

Throughout the internship, students will be exposed to various aspects of the LIFT business including, but not limited to: Customer service and professional conduct; Legal services and contracts; Corporate structure; Interpersonal skills; Business development; and Communications.


Contact Us

For questions about the LIFT Learning Lab Internship Program, please contact:

Julie Malicoat
LIFT Learning Lab Internship Program Manager
Phone: (865) 576-2311

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The LIFT Learning Lab Internship Program is managed for LIFT by ORAU.