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2018 Product Design Office - Automotive Design Intern Job, Auburn Hills, MI

Job Number: S700

Location: Auburn Hills, MI

Date Posted: 6-5-2017


FCA US LLC's College Intern Program offers a unique opportunity for highly motivated, innovative, and inspired individuals to work in a challenging assignment where contribution, teamwork, and communication are vital to the success of the organization.

As a leading-edge company, we can provide real world challenges and rewarding intern experiences to candidates from a variety of colleges and universities while providing a competitive salary.

Interns are assigned to an organization department based on the candidate's background, skill set and interests. The assignments are project-oriented, meaningful to the department and allow the intern to take responsibility for a major task. Interns experience a sense of personal accomplishment and contribution and experience the corporate business culture through work assignments and structured activities. They gain the communication and etiquette skills required in business while sharing knowledge gained from recent courses. They also enhance their computer skills and learn new systems and software.

Each intern assignment consists of challenging projects with specific goals, providing opportunities for personal growth and development. Interns that demonstrate outstanding qualities may be invited back the following year for a second internship or to interview for full-time positions in our various new hire programs. Summer internships are primarily located at FCA US, Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan, other facilities in the Detroit Metropolitan area, and Business Centers located throughout the country.

Interns may qualify for a housing allowance and/or travel assistance. During the internship, interns will have the opportunity to participate in many activities designed specially to enhance their knowledge of FCA, our products and the metro Detroit area.

The Design Intern will be assigned to work in the Product Design Office Studios, located in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Design Interns will be tasked with flexing their creative muscles to create a concept from the near future that represents their vision for what the interior of a future FCA product should look like. Interns are asked to view the interior as an experience, not just a 3D sculpture. They will be challenged to show how this interior fits into a future landscape and how the User Experience design plays into the interaction they have with the vehicle. Each intern will be assigned a mentor to help them in their development. They will also receive assistance from the Design, Studio Engineering, and Computer Support teams.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Completion of sophomore year at an accredited university by summer of 2018
  • Working toward a degree in Automotive, Product or Industrial Design
  • Must produce transcripts prior to internship offer
  • Candidates must submit a current portfolio, saved as a PDF, representing work from freshman year to the present (specifically highlighting automotive design projects if applicable)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3.0 or Higher GPA (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • Strong interest in automotive industry
  • Exhibit strong leadership and presentation skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work both individually and as a team member in a creative and diverse environment
  • Exceptional design intuition, with strong presentation and design communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Alias, Microsoft Office, Illustrator, Photoshop, PowerPoint and/or similar programs

Portfolio Requirements:

  • This position requires a portfolio in a PDF format be submitted with your application
  • Applications will not be processed without meeting this requirement. Please ensure your portfolio meets the following requirements:
    • Your portfolio should represent your skills as it pertains to the position to which you're applying
    • Your most current work should be presented first and displayed in descending order of most current to oldest
    • When appropriate, provide a brief description of your contributions to work that is submitted for review. (i.e.: if a full model is presented, provide explanation to explain you were responsible for the full model or that your involvement was limited to specific areas of the model)
    • Although depictions of your professional work are needed, you're also welcome to submit work you've accomplished on a personal basis however; the two should be separated and kept in separate sections of the portfolio
    • When naming your portfolio, please use the following naming convention: Lastname-firstname-portfolio.pdf
    • Portfolios displayed on personal websites will not be accepted

FCA US is proud to extend to its employees a compensation and benefits package that is designed to retain their talent and to motivate and reward job performance. Our present compensation program provides for competitive, market based salaries, and annual vacation and holiday time off. We make available a comprehensive health care benefits plan which, depending upon the employee’s role, includes medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage. We also offer a disability absence plan, group and optional life insurance program, savings plan, tuition assistance, and vehicle purchase and lease discounts for certain employees, and for their family and friends.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled.

Note: Some of the benefits listed above may not apply to summer vacation replacement and temporary employees.

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