Internship – Design-Engineer


Cefriel is a not-for-profit center composed by public and private actors with the aim of helping its stakeholders in the public and private sectors to make the best use of digital technologies useful for innovating products, processes, and services.

We are looking for a person to join the Design Unit, where he/she will be supported by the team in an innovative and stimulating environment where he/she will be able to explore various topics, contribute to the design and implementation of innovative solutions, cultivate their own ideas, and collaborate with many nationally and internationally renowned companies.


Who we are looking for

The heart of Cefriel is made up of talented individuals with strong shared values, so we are looking for: passion, creativity, love for innovation, and the positive change that technology brings. The person will be involved in projects addressing design engineering themes, which are often applied in the smart industry sector.

The proposed internship focuses on design and innovation activities, applied in the fields of mechanics, ergonomics, automation, and industrial process improvement, with the aim of improving the lives of operators on the production site and the performance of machinery.

During the internship, the person will have the opportunity to work according to the principles of the Agile-SCRUM approach, so a predisposition to collaborative work is of great importance. The person will be part of the design team, composed of professionals with diverse skills, and will collaborate in:

  • Analyze the state of the art and the needs of the stakeholders involved;

  • Define feasible solutions;

  • Detail the proposed solutions by developing their structure, physical components, kinematics, and interfaces;

  • Support the prototyping and testing of the solutions identified through the creation of CAD models and technical drawings.

The prototypes developed by the team will be tested in the laboratory to verify compliance with the defined requirements and subsequently validated on the final machinery.

Within the project, the person will have the opportunity to interact with other companies and research centers, participating in both in-person and remote meetings. Therefore, a good command of the Italian language is required.

During the internship, particular emphasis will be placed on the use of SOLIDWORKS (parametric CAD) and collaborative design.


  • Students or recent graduates in Design Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

  • Solid 3D design: SOLIDWORKS.

  • Mechanical design knowledge: Component Engineering, Sizing, Tolerances, Constructive Relationships, Manufacturing Processes.

  • Nice to have: Knowledge of rapid prototyping FDM; Knowledge of software design (PLC); Knowledge of robotics and industrial automation; Knowledge of FEM simulation software.

  • Language: Italian, English (optional)

Contract and internship type

  • Curricular or extracurricular;

  • Possibility of associated thesis: yes.

  • Duration: 4-6 months.

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