Graybar Innovation Lab Intern (Research Park) - Summer/Fall 2018

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Job Title: Graybar Innovation Lab Intern (Research Park) - Summer/Fall 2018

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Company: Graybar

Category: Research & Development

Position Title: Innovation Lab Intern

Status: Undergraduate or Graduate Hourly

Location: Research Park, UIUC

Hours per Week: 15-20 academic year; 40 in summer 

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  • Current UIUC graduate or undergraduate student with a major or emphasis in Computer Science, Electrical/Computer Engineering, Industrial/Systems Engineering, Supply Chain Management, iSchool/Information Technology, data analytics, or related field
  • 3.0/4.0 minimum cumulative grade point average
  • Innovative and forward thinking, with the ability to "color outside the lines" 
  • Self-motivated with a willingness to learn and develop your skills 
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork, relationship building, and critical thinking skills

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for completing project-related workstreams, while meeting business and technical requirements.
  • Work to conceptualize processes, solutions, and underlying technologies in a team environment with the help of a designer.
  • Communicate clearly (written and verbal) with other Company employees, Graybar customers, and/or Graybar suppliers.
  • Ability to thrive while working both independently and in a team setting.
  • May participate in preparation of executive level proposals and presentations.
  • Attend and participate in appropriate customer or business meetings.
  • Provide progress/status updates periodically. 

Desired Skills and Knowledge

  • Experience with IoT concepts and real-time prototype development of IoT applications.
  • Experience with conducting root-cause, problem analyses.
  • Experience in Database SQL query development and data analysis.    
  • Experience with Python, R, Tableau, Qlik, Hadoop, C++, C#, Java or similar tools.
  • Experience with developing NLP applications such as sentiment analysis, topic modeling, and text summary production.
  • Experience in ideation concepts, research techniques, and ultimately "design led development" resulting in a proof of concept.

Work Environment

Graybar’s Innovation Lab in Research Park is an exciting, collaborative environment conducive to creativity and innovation. Our focus is exploring emerging and disruptive technologies and their application to our existing -- or potentially new -- business model. Business research and proof of concepts (i.e., minimum viable product) are common deliverables of the iLab.

Enjoy free snacks and beverages, games of intense ping-pong, and the company of other bright interns from a variety of backgrounds!

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