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Yarn Innovator Internship

Yarn Innovator Internship

Beaverton | Oregon | United States

Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team

NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world's best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At NIKE, Inc. it's about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

As an intern within Nike's Innovation Footwear Material Team (NXT FM), you will focus on yarn and textile solutions for Flyknit and other performance based knit and woven products being designed and developed for performance footwear. You will be asked to provide technical expertise and project support, including material testing, for ongoing yarn and textile innovation projects.

You will work closely with a broad range of Nike NXT teams to generate, develop, and validate solutions for complex problems, at the yarn level, that relate to Athlete* performance. You will be responsible for determining how yarn properties translate into performance benefits in the final shoe through laboratory testing and collaborations with various Nike innovation teams.

As an intern in the Footwear Material Team you will collaborate to establish test methods for yarns and materials projects that fall outside the normal realm of industry standard procedure by using internal and external testing resources when appropriate. You will be asked to review and present your work to Nike footwear innovators, developers, designers, and other Nike team members.

Emphasis is placed on being a creative innovator and delivering unique solutions to the Nike NXT team. Your ability to work with a broad range of functions, personalities, and technologies is a key aspect of this intern position.

  • Pursuing a Master's degree in Textiles, Polymer Science, Engineering, or related field with an expected graduation date of December 2020 or Spring/Summer 2021.
  • A basic understanding of fiber extrusion techniques and subsequent post-production processes including texturizing, knitting, weaving, dying, and finishing chemistry.
  • Knowledge of industrial test methods and standards
  • Knowledge of yarn properties and their effect on resulting textile structures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work under tight timelines and with limited information
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex topics and concepts to a wide and diverse audience
  • Ability to work with some level of ambiguity at times. Be flexible, with ability to take unclear goals and targets forward by formulating a plan which brings clarity and focus in order to achieve deliverables
  • Strong ability for cross team collaboration


NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

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