Student Employees

Through work at the Metal Casting Center or Foundry 4.0 Center, undergraduate and graduate students are able to gain hands-on experience on private and government projects. These students are given a chance to enhance their metal casting and foundry experience by managing projects and working directly in the fields. All majors are welcome to apply as we have a diverse group of student employees. 

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Student Design / Lab Technician 

Student designers & lab technicians will support applied research project activities under the guidance and direction of the project director, project engineers and research associates.  

Position activities may include the following:

  • Design 
    • CAD pattern, mold & core design
    • CAD-to-PATH robotic offline programming
    • Robotic programming applications for material handling & machining
  • Robotics/Automation 
    • Post processing of raw castings
    • Large format material extrusion & machine-to-size
    • Automated investment casting shell building
  • Industry Internet of Things (IIoT) 
    • Research in advanced sensors 
    • Support additional IT jobs using various operating systems as assigned
  • Additive Manufacuring 
    • 3D sand printing
    • Hard tooling & investment casting expendable patterns
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Unique Student Experiences 

"If you want an internship that's not going to be the same thing every day, where you aren’t just doing the basic fixes and bug fixes — here you're going to be researching and creating something from the ground up that you're going to be able to show people. It's a lot of brand new technology because a lot of what we're doing isn't that well-known or well-documented yet.”

-- Jacob O'Dell, Current Student Employee

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Internship Opportunities 

Every summer the MCC and Foundry 4.0 Centers offer robust internships for students. Students will have the opportunity for hands on experience with 3D modeling, metal casting mold design, investment casting processes, research methodologies, additive manufacturing technologies, automation and robotics, sensor development, industrial scale equipment and more!

Interested and/or have questions? Contact Kristi Wagner at

Summer 2024 Internship Details 

Program Dates/Work Schedule 
  • The internship is designed for students to work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. 
  • Tentative program schedule: 5/13/23-8/16/2023


  • Current college student, attending any accredited university. 
  • Interest in foundry industry automation, IoT and robotics.
  • Preference given to Foundry Education Foundation (FEF) members. 
How to Apply

Follow these steps to apply: 

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