About ITW


Illinois Tool Works (ITW) is a global industrial company built around a differentiated and proprietary business model. As a Fortune 500 company, ITW is committed to executing their enterprise strategy to deliver excellent performance over the long term and firmly establishing itself as one of the best-performing, highest-quality and most-respected industrial companies. The leadership at ITW, along with their dedicated employees, are committed to supporting the ITW David Speer Academy’s mission by providing students with invaluable opportunities.


ITW partners with ITW David Speer Academy by opening up spaces for Speer seniors to participate in an internship program that offers them a breadth of on-the-job experiences. Speer interns gain hands-on work experiences and contribute to real-world projects alongside ITW leaders. The high school internship program is a partnership between ITW and Speer Academy that is one-of-a-kind for Noble Schools which has created an immersive early-career exploration opportunities in the STEAM field.


In addition to the one-of-a-kind high school internship program we offer to Speer students, we also encourage Speer alumni to apply for our internships for college students.

ITW is a manufacturing company, but we offer paid internships for college students that are rising juniors and seniors in many different fields: engineering, marketing, accounting, IT, and HR, among others. Our interns are viewed as trusted team members, so we’ll give you real-world, hands-on experiences to help ignite your full potential. On top of that, we’ll make sure you have the tools you need for career development, including strong coaching, mentorship, and networking with senior leaders at ITW.

If you’re interested in exploring our open internship roles, explore these resources to learn more and apply:


“We’re able to get ourselves out there and do a project that…could be an eye-opener for other companies for your future, for a job” – student intern at ITW.


“I want to go into robotics and then after that go work with a company like ITW or even at ITW.” – student intern at ITW.

“Ricardo has been working with our collaborative robot, which is a new generation of robot and he’s been able to not only use the robot but use some of this very advanced functionality as well and give us a really nice demo that we’re going to be able to show some of our divisions and potentially help them.” – Andy Swantek, Principal Research Analyst at ITW

“I look forward to connecting with some of these students five and ten years down the road and seeing what’s going on in their lives because I know it’s going to be good.” – Toni Stark, Director of Distribution Operations at ITW


E. Scott Santi is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc.

Mr. Santi joined ITW in 1983 and has spent his entire career with the company. He was elected Executive Vice President in 2004 and named Vice Chairman in 2008. He became the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in 2012 and was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2015.

Mr. Santi is a member of the Board of Directors of W.W. Grainger (NYSE: GWW).

Mr. Santi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and received a Master’s of Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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