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Innovation Intern

Lisle, IL




Academic Level


Job Description & Requirements

Job Description & Position Overview

The Summer 2023 Innovation Intern will join Navistar's core innovation team. 


The intern will play a key role in executing various projects that generate market share and create new businesses within Navistar. They will exercise their human-centered design thinking skills to satisfy un-met customer needs. Their work will play a key role in shifting Navistar’s culture toward one of even greater innovation. 


As a candidate, you are expected to demonstrate experience with the design thinking process and confidence speaking up to inspire action on cross functional teams. You are open to new experiences and ways of working. Comfort with ambiguity & challenging norms is also important. 


Is applying design thinking in a company with many opportunities to gain valuable experience and plenty of freedom what you are looking for? Then this internship is for you. 

Location: Leslie, Illinois


The intern will help us work on one or more of the following initiatives: 

  • Plan immersive activities for Navistar’s yearly innovation fest. 

  • Establish self-sustaining group empathy experiences that help Navistar employees relate to customers realities.

  • Co-develop and facilitate Navistar’s innovation community group building activities.

  • Facilitate and participate in data gathering events, rapid prototyping, customer interviews, customer immersion, & iterative cycles to improve the ease of vehicle assembly.

  • Develop patentable ideas for industry leading technologies.

  • Create and present showcases to executive leadership. 

  • Develop and execute a passion project of your choosing. 

Minimum Requirements

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to provide housing and transportation for the duration of the internship

  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status required – For certain positions (Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information)

  • Qualified candidates, excluding current Navistar employees, must be legally authorized on an unrestricted basis (US Citizen, Legal Permanent Resident, Refugee or Asylee) to be employed in the United States. Navistar does not anticipate providing employment related work sponsorship for this position (e.g., H-1B or F-1 status)

Desired Skills

  • At least Sophomore standing for undergrad at the time of application

  • Able to work at least 12 weeks (starting the end of May or early June through August)

  • Previous applicable internships

  • Engaged in a design thinking program

  • Self-starter

  • Hustler

  • Event planning 

  • Collaborating in a cross functional team 

  • Creative mindset 

  • Voice of Customer generation 

  • Leadership experience

  • Executive presentations 

  • A unique individual 

  • Entrepreneurship/ intrapreneurship experience

  • Human centered design thinking knowledge

  • Observe, Interview, Empathize, Insights, Ideate, Prototype, Iterate

  • Confident (maybe even to the point of being arrogant)

  • Pursing degree in any of the following fields: Design Thinking, Project Management, Business Administration or Business Management, Event Planning, Engineering, Art, Communication, Psychology, and/or Anthropology.

Company Overview

Navistar, Inc. (“Navistar”) is a purpose-driven company, reimagining how to deliver what matters to create more cohesive relationships, build higher-performing teams and find solutions where others don’t.


Based in Lisle, Illinois, Navistar or its subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial trucks and engines, IC Bus® brand school and commercial buses, all-makes OnCommand® Connection advanced connectivity services, and Fleetrite®, ReNEWeD® and Diamond Advantage® brand aftermarket parts.


With a history of innovation dating back to 1831, Navistar has more than 14,500 employees worldwide and is part of TRATON SE, a global champion of the truck and transport services industry. Additional information is available at

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