Design Engineering Internship

Type: Intern
Region: South West

Ponda is a materials science company that makes planet-positive textiles. Our mission is to build completely new supply chains for the fashion industry by reimagining everything from farming to manufacturing. To do this, ponda works with farmers and conservation groups to grow plants that heal areas of damaged land. Through this, they gain a source of raw material for textile production whilst simultaneously improving biodiversity, capturing carbon and saving resources.

Our first product, BioPuff® is a next-generation insulation, which reduces reliance on feather and synthetic fillers, and is created by extracting fibres from plants that are grown on regenerated wetlands. BioPuff® is puffy, warm, and naturally water repellent – it’s also cruelty-free and traceable all the way from plant to puffer.

Position overview

Ponda is seeking a dynamic and motivated Engineering Intern to join our process development team for a 12-week internship. As an Engineering Intern, you will have the opportunity to work closely with our process development team to design, prototype, and build solutions aimed at creating novel textile materials from regenerative natural fibres. This internship offers hands-on experience at our facility and workshop in Bristol, building valuable skills in sustainable engineering and process development.

Outside of this, you will learn about our regenerative agricultural supply chain, addressing the design challenges which arise when working with seasonal natural materials. You will contribute to real-world projects, many of which are in partnership with established fashion brands.

If you think you fit the bill below, please apply through team tailor with a CV, short cover letter and portfolio. We look forward to hearing from you!

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the process development team to understand project goals and requirements.
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions and contribute innovative ideas for textile material development.
  • Assist in designing and prototyping new processes and equipment for textile material production.
  • Conduct experiments and tests to evaluate the performance of prototype solutions.
  • Collect and analyse data to identify areas for optimization and improvement.
  • Work closely with team members to troubleshoot technical challenges and refine designs.
  • Document experimental procedures, results, and findings for future reference.
  • Present progress updates and findings to the team and stakeholders.

Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program in Engineering or related field.
  • Strong interest in sustainability, textiles, and process development.
  • Proficiency in CAD software for design and prototyping (e.g., SolidWorks, Fusion360, AutoCAD).
  • Hands-on experience with fabrication tools and equipment (e.g., powertools, workshop machinery).
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively in a team environment.
  • Strong communication and visual presentation skills.
  • Drive to think independently and creatively in a novel area, unafraid to explore innovative solutions and develop new systems.

Benefits

  • Opportunity to work on impactful projects in a fast-paced and innovative environment.
  • Hands-on experience with novel technologies and sustainable engineering practices.
  • Mentorship from experienced professionals in the field.
  • Networking opportunities with industry experts and peers.
  • Fun! We work hard, but we make sure we enjoy the process.

Equal opportunities employer statement

Ponda aims to be an equal opportunities employer. We invest in people regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race. We assure equality and respect. We do not accept any form of harassment, bias or discrimination towards applicants and employees.

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