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Continuous Improvement Analyst Intern

Portland, OR

At Columbia Sportswear we offer college students a unique opportunity to join our team and help solve real business problems! Bring your passion and insight to a company that is committed to driving long- term sustainable growth this summer for our 10-week summer internship at our Headquarters in Portland, Oregon! Interns can expect to gain valuable hands-on experience within their department while building partnerships with teams and fellow interns along the way!

Location: (Distribution Center)

Duration: ~10 weeks

Estimated Date Options: May 20th- July 26th or June 17th - August 23rd (2024)

The Continuous Improvement Analyst Intern is a member of the Global Distribution Engineering team and will support the design and execution of engineering solutions to address the organization’s prioritized opportunities.

This role will focus on leading a project which supports current Engineering objectives (e.g., labor optimization, storage capacity constraints, productivity/accountability, or current investment projects). The candidate will utilize LEAN, Six Sigma, and general engineering principles to solve complex business problems, recommend solutions, and ensure timely execution of improvements.


  • Lead a Continuous Improvement project involving research, costing, justification, and recommendation of solution(s) which support existing strategic initiatives.
  • Work cross functionally with Industrial Engineers, Continuous Improvement Analysts, Data Analysts, and Operations team to improve distribution center processes.
  • Utilize analytical toolsets (e.g., data analysis, ergonomic evaluation, value stream mapping, etc.) to recommend process improvements.


  • An excellent verbal and written communicator with the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of stakeholders and subject matter experts.
  • Extremely organized, self-driven, detail-oriented, resourceful, and flexible.
  • Able to work independently within a fast-paced environment.


  • Basic knowledge of Continuous Improvement toolsets and principles (e.g., LEAN, Six Sigma, time studies, job analysis, and modeling) through course work and previous intern or Capstone experience.
  • Capability to gather and interpret data; experience with Pareto Charts, matrices, tables, etc. Strong Microsoft Suite skills, including Visio, required.
  • Track record of successfully achieving priorities and accomplishing objectives.


  • Current student with one of the following academic standings: Rising Senior, Senior, Graduate/ MBA student
  • Degree relevant to the internship you are applying for
  • Must be able to participate in 10-week program for either date option provided above
  • Must be able to work onsite at our Distribution Center location for the duration of the internship- interns will partner directly with their managers regarding expectations to work collaboratively in office specified days of the week


  • Relocation assistance & housing is NOT provided- these costs and arrangements would be the responsibility of the intern for the entirety of the program

Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company. 

Columbia Sportswear is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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