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Research Internship - Summer 2024

Material Bank

Material Bank

New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Material Bank is a fast-paced, high-growth technology company and created the world's largest material marketplace for the Architecture and Design industry, providing the fastest and most powerful way to start and manage a design project. Learn more about us at www.materialbank.com or see below.

Material ConneXion is the leading material science authority. We define the “what’s new and what’s next” in materials and incubate new ideas so our clients can make smarter design decisions. Our international team of material scientists creates original, globally relevant content and decodes industry trends and material advancements to provide an authoritative view on the innovations that will future-proof our clients’ businesses.

Our team brings over 20 years of experience advising Fortune 500 brands across industries from apparel to aeronautics. We bring together deep material knowledge with a human-centered and solutions-driven approach. We believe the most elegant material solutions achieve business and performance goals while elevating customer experience and driving sustainability.

We believe that Every Idea Has a Material Solution.

About the role:

Material ConneXion maintains a physical and digital Database of material technologies. This Database is the foundation of our business, and we continually connect with new manufacturers and technologies. The Database is over 20 years old and has evolved over time to accommodate the needs of our clients. As we continue to expand, we have introduced new tools, features, and potential services to improve the Database and to assist our clients with the early product development process.

Over the summer, Material ConneXion is seeking a curious and persistent research intern who will help us update our Database. In this role, they will be responsible for reconnecting with MCX manufacturers, updating material information, and identifying new materials for the Database. The ideal candidate is vibrant, focused, and organized. They can effectively initiate, nurture, and follow-up with multiple manufacturers across a variety of material categories. The internship is expected to be 8-10 weeks with an option to extend if mutually agreed upon after the initial term; start and end dates are flexible.

We are seeking a candidate who is inquisitive, adaptable, and has a willingness to dive deep into the details. This role presents a unique opportunity to influence the core of Material ConneXion, while also fostering lasting partnerships within the constantly evolving materials landscape.

This is a paid internship.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Excavate the Database and reconnect with material manufacturers to update material technology information.
  • Support Research and Operations by updating material details and sample images in the Database.
  • Identify exciting and commercially available materials for the MCX library, curating key details for descriptions and sourcing samples.
  • Support Research, Operations, IT and Sales in other core administrative functions.


  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student. 2024 graduates are also welcome to apply.
  • Background in materials science, textile/product design, or related fields.
  • Experience working with Excel spreadsheets.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to represent the brand effectively.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Attentive to detail and accuracy.
  • Highly driven and proactive with the ability to take initiative.
  • Resume must include expected graduation month/year and GPA and be in PDF format.

What you’ll get from us:

  • Our people: If you thrive in an inclusive, innovative, and fast-paced organization, look no further! You will get to work alongside some of the brightest minds - Join a genuinely fun and supportive workplace where we keep our employees consistently engaged through internal communication and corporate events.
  • Career growth: Mentorship is an important component of the internship experience. We are excited to foster the growth of the next generation of materials designers, scientists, researchers, sourcing specialists, product developers, etc.
  • Flexible work: With business units and employees across the globe, Material Technologies has embraced a hybrid working model allowing department leaders to decide on the best approach for their respective teams, whether that be remote, in person, or a little of both.

About Material Bank

Material Bank is the world’s largest material marketplace for the architecture and design industry, providing the fastest and most powerful way to search and sample materials. Material Bank connects design professionals to hundreds of manufacturers through facilitating brand discovery, rep engagement, and material sampling.

Material Bank has transformed the way an entire industry discovers and samples materials. By removing the friction that exists in the process, we drive business between architects and designers (members) and our Brand Partners (clients).

Our powerful material database and proprietary robotic distribution facility allow members to order samples until midnight (ET) to be delivered free of charge anywhere in the US, in one box, by 10:30 AM the next morning.

Connect with us and discover your career at Material Bank.

Material Bank is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity, and all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran or disability status or other status protected under any applicable federal, state or local law.