Toyota West Virginia has recognized the Robert C. Byrd Institute’s (RCBI) commitment to provide engineering interns with real-world, hands-on experience by awarding a $5,000 grant to enhance RCBI’s Engineering-Entrepreneurial Services Internship Program.
During a two-semester internship at RCBI, one engineering student will receive a $2,500 stipend each semester as the intern provides design, engineering, prototyping and manufacturing assistance to industry clients and entrepreneurs.
Working alongside RCBI engineers and technicians, the intern will gain a better understanding of the inner workings of business startups, product development workflow, Design Thinking methodology, 3D printing techniques and computer-aided design technology.
RCBI hires interns each semester through the Co-Op Program in the Marshall University College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, an immersive industry partnership that enables students to apply their knowledge in a professional setting while gaining practical experience.
“The broad-based engineering experience students gain at RCBI greatly enhances their skill sets and better prepares them for employment after graduation,” said Derek Scarbro, RCBI deputy director. “They get their hands dirty at RCBI, directly assisting with multiple manufacturing projects for a variety of industrial sectors, from aerospace to automotive, medical technology to mining, and everything in between. Thanks to Toyota West Virginia, we can expand these opportunities.”
“Workforce development is critical to the future of our region and all of West Virginia,” said David Rosier, Toyota West Virginia president. “Initiatives like RCBI’s Engineering-Entrepreneurial Services Internship Program give students the experience they need to be ready for the workplace. We’re proud to support RCBI.”
“Toyota has been a strong supporter of RCBI’s STEM outreach for many years,” Scarbro said. “Its team members have provided hands-on activities during our annual West Virginia Makes Festival, talked to students in our maker camps about advanced manufacturing, and opened their doors for tours of the Buffalo plant so people can see modern manufacturing in action. RCBI also is proud to provide Toyota with manufacturing assistance on numerous innovative projects.”