Employment Opportunities

Undergraduate Internships

Packaging IoT Development Internship

Research at CPULD focuses on the development of systems-based technologies to optimize the relationship between the design and performance of unit loads, and maximize the efficiency of the complete system. The Center started to work on the development of an intelligent pallet system and on the implementation of IoT in the distribution packaging sector. We are currently looking for one or two undergraduate or graduate students to aid the development of the intelligent packaging systems.

The Packaging IoT Development position will focus on the development of a smart pallet equipped with accelerometers, temperature and relative humidity sensors. The position will require a throughout understanding of use electrical systems, programming of low cost single board computers, communication networks, and data processing.

Responsibilities:

• Design and build working sensors capable of recording acceleration, temperature, shock, location and communicating the results throughout the internet using lows cost single board computers
• Develop control programs for specialized data collection

Smart Packaging Internship

Research at CPULD focuses on the development of systems-based technologies to optimize the relationship between the design and performance of unit loads, and maximize the efficiency of the complete system. The Center has started to work on the development of an intelligent pallet system and on the implementation of IoT in the distribution packaging sector. We are also starting new undergraduate level classes in the area.

The Smart Packaging Intern position will aid the development of a new pathway class called Intelligent Packaging and the Global World. The intern will be in charge reviewing the latest literature related to the implementation of IoT in the distribution packaging sector. This review will specifically focus on the technical details of IoT including sensors, networks, applicable processing methods. The intern will also be aid the development of teaching slides and hands-on practices.

Responsibilities:

• Review the latest literature and create teaching aids
• Develop visual aids for power point presentations to aid the explanation of complex concepts
• Develop practical laboratory exercises using systems such as accelerometers and other sensors connected to raspberry pi or similar systems.

Distribution Packaging
Internship Program

The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design’s pallet testing laboratory here at Virginia Tech hires four undergraduate students into its Distribution Packaging Internship Program each semester. We look for experienced laboratory assistants who have an interest in distribution packaging, strive in high performing teams, and can independently be responsible for high precision testing projects and continuous improvement projects. This position is expected to function with relative independence and high responsibility. Candidates will be expected to have strong interpersonal and organizational skills. The lab assistants will be involved in many aspects of the laboratory’s day to day operations and is expected to have a detail-oriented personality.

The internship is a whole year commitment and it includes the following segments:

• Three months, full-time summer internship (40 hours per week)
• Fall and Spring part-time work experience (8 hours per week minimum)
• Two semesters of specialized academic education (3 credits each semesters)

Although, applications are accepted year around. The selection of the candidates will start in January and the Distribution Packaging Internship Program starts each May.

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