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Summer 2021 R&D Product Development Intern – Gastric Calibration Tube (GCT)

Req # JR - 033235 Location Deerfield, Illinois Job Category Administrative Date posted 01/14/2021

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At Baxter, we are deeply connected by our mission. No matter your role at Baxter, your work makes a positive impact on people around the world. You’ll feel a sense of purpose throughout the organization, as we know our work improves outcomes for millions of patients. 

Baxter’s products and therapies are found in almost every hospital worldwide, in clinics and in the home. For over 85 years, we have pioneered significant medical innovations that transform healthcare.

Together, we create a place where we are happy, successful and inspire each other. This is where you can do your best work. 

Join us at the intersection of saving and sustaining lives— where your purpose accelerates our mission. 


Baxter offers a robust summer internship program based in the Chicagoland area that provides meaningful work assignments and projects that immerse students in Baxter’s culture designed to provide practical work experience highlighting what an individual would do in a similar full-time role with the ability to make a business impact.  You'll be paired with a mentor, receive support from your manager, and have access to the entire Baxter employee community to ensure your success.  We’ll help you have fun outside of work with outings to sporting events, community service opportunities, networking events with Baxter leaders, and other activities.

The R&D Product Development Intern, Gastric Calibration Tube (GCT)will work directly with an international cross-functional group that includes R&D/Product development, Medical Affairs, Clinical/Pre-Clinical, Regulatory, Quality, and Supply Chain (Manufacturing, Engineering Operations, Purchasing) on managing multiple projects associated with new product development of the Gastric Calibration Tube (GCT). The intern will collaborate with a designing surgeon that has a pre-clinical prototype and perform research, but all the work of feasibility and development is ahead of us!


Gastric Calibration Tube (GCT) is a surgical device to help the surgeon create optimal anatomy of the stomach during sleeve gastrectomy weight-loss surgery. Baxter will design a new device that is placed through a patient’s mouth, passes through the esophagus and into the stomach.  The surgeon then leverages the unique design of the GCT to help create a path for a surgical stapler.  The portion of the stomach removed is determined by the surgeon using the GCT during surgery. The impact will be having a one of a kind easy-to-use device that improves the sleeve gastrectomy surgical procedure will improve patient outcomes (weight loss, quality of life).  This is a new product for Baxter and therefore requires a total “biodesign” approach.


Baxter is targeting students with proven academic performance and leadership potential.  Ideal candidates will combine technical and business knowledge with analytical strength and creative problem-solving abilities. 

  • Rising Junior or Senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Biomedical, or Industrial Engineering
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and problem-solving skills
  • Positive attitude, team-oriented, adaptive to change, and collaborative

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