About 3M Student Programs

As 3Mers, we combine imaginative thinking with science-based technology to create continually evolving solutions. With 35 business units organized into five market segments, we tackle real-world problems with an array of inventive approaches, satisfying customers in diverse fields like health care, safety, office products, and transportation.

3M At A Glance

  • Worldwide sales: $31 billion
  • Operations in more than 70 countries
  • 89,000 employees worldwide
  • 38 international companies with manufacturing operations, 35 with laboratories
  • Operations in 29 states in the United States
  • 8,400 researchers (4,400 in the United States)

3M interns work in a variety of businesses and functions across the entire company. The majority of our interns work in an engineering/R&D capacity, but we also have interns who work in Finance, HR, IT, Marketing, Sales, and a number of other areas. An intern (typically a 10-12 week, full-time schedule assignment) position is a temporary assignment with 3M's Corporate Student Programs. Corporate Student Programs is designed to provide 3M with the opportunity to identify qualified candidates for regular employment, and to provide students with the opportunity to integrate their academic knowledge with work experience. About 2/3 of our interns sit in our corporate headquarters in St. Paul, MN; the rest are in a number of field locations.

Our interns' compensation includes an hourly pay rate. The hourly pay rate is based off our new college grad rates and is tied to the intern's field of study and year in school. Our pay rate ranges from mid-teens to high twenties with the average around $22/$24. 3M also helps provide subsidized housing to interns who are relocating more than 51 miles to their work location (though students have the opportunity to opt out and find their own housing). The students pay $15 - $40 a day depending on the property and 3M covers the rest. We will also do a round-trip travel reimbursement to cover the costs of the trip to and from their internship. In most cases, this is done per mileage (i.e. 50 cents per mile).

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3M Student Programs


  • Number of Interns: Not yet decided
  • Compensation/Benefits: Paid
  • Duration: 6 to 12 weeks
  • Degree Type: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent Graduates, Graduate Students, Business school students, Law school students



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