Research Park is consistently home to over 800 interns every year. From large companies to startups, interns have the opportunity to contribute to company development through projects. Students come from multiple disciplines, including engineering, graphic design, marketing, chemistry, computer science, urban planning, and much more. Research Park would not be the innovative hub it is today without the students’ insights, hard work, and creativity.
Office spaces are student-oriented, and most include amenities such as table tennis, kitchen areas, and free coffee. Site Directors are open to feedback from their employees, so offices tend to be flexible in design in order to accommodate work while also respecting preferences.
Research Park hosts multiple student-focused events every year to thank students for their dedication. From the Summer Picnic & Awards to Game Night, these casual, social nights give students the opportunity to meet others from different companies and startups. The Park is more than brick-and-mortar: It’s about a community that works together to stay connected to see success across the board.
To keep up-to-date with Research Park Intern Events or Research Park events in general, sign up for the Research Park Newsletter or check our Events Calendar:
Summer Intern Professional Development Series
Research Park supports interns as young professionals, and these 12 to 1 pm workshops every Tuesday allow students to learn about key life skills, like financial responsibility and negotiation strategies. Research Park requests that attendees register in advance for the workshops they will attend. Staying for the entire event is highly recommended. Below is the list of summer professional series workshops that occurred in 2022 summer:
- June 6: Building Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn
- June 13: The Dos and Don’ts of Business Etiquette
- June 20: Financial Fitness
- June 27: Building Your Elevator Pitch
- July 11: Conflict Management
- July 8: Stress Management
- July 25: Sustainable Leadership
Summer Picnic & Intern Awards
This ceremony celebrates students’ hard work on company and startup projects. Managers nominate interns for awards like “Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student Intern” and “Best Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Startup.”
For more information about the event and past winners, visit our Summer Intern Awards page.
Congratulations to the finalists and winners for the 2022 Summer Picnic & Intern Awards! Research Park would not be the same without you.
Intern Networking Social
The Intern Mixer is an afternoon social held for Research Park interns. A complimentary buffet is provided. Students play games and interact with one another, sharing work stories and Research Park experiences. The 2023 Intern Networking Social will be on June 8 from 5-6:30 on the Ameren Atrium and Dock.
Research Park’s Table Tennis Tournament
Are you prepared to win The Golden Paddle? Research Park annually holds the Table Tennis Tournament, and all companies can participate. Competitors are split between Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced to accommodate all experience levels. The 2023 Table Tennis Tournament will be June 27-28 at Enterprise Works.
Fire@Five (May to October)
Fire at Five is a social event that allows employees of Research Park time to de-stress and celebrate the end of the month. Complimentary refreshments are provided to all, and adult beverages are available to those 21 and over. From beanbags to photo booths to cake walks, a multitude of activities are available at Fire at Five. Invite your co-workers, head to the Atkins Building Patio, grab a drink, and meet new people starting at 5 pm on every fourth Thursday of the month.