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Extracurricular Activities

Going Beyond the Classroom

Plant tours, job search support, career development, communications, presentations, and analytical skills workshops are among INTM’s extracurricular offerings. INTM faculty, alumni, professional associations, and industry partners all participate in facilitating learning experiences outside of the classroom.

Tours of Industrial Facilities

INTM facilitates student opportunities to visit manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout the Chicagoland area. Group tours are organized by student chapters of professional associations (see below).  INTM helps support the efforts of three Illinois Tech Student Chapters: APICS, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  INTM faculty and alumni also arrange special tours for students to include discussion time with company representatives.

Professional Skills Workshops

Students can extend their professional skills by participating in three workshops offered by INTM:

  • Job Search Strategies, conducted by INTM’s Career Development Advisor, Herb Shields
  • Minitab Statistical Analysis Software, conducted by INTM Adjunct Faculty, Rama Shankar
  • Conducting Technical Presentations, conducted by Adjunct Faculty, Dan Tomal

The Technical Presentations workshop is also available on DVD in Illinois Tech's Galvin Library, and used in INTM courses with presentations.

Student Chapters of Professional Organizations

Other Professional Organizations of Interest to INTM Students:

Materials Handling & Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)
MHEDA is a trade association dedicated to serving the material handling business community. Over 600 distributor and manufacturer companies worldwide utilize MHEDA's resources to help their business stay competitive and employees stay connected. Sign up for free newsletters and learn about member benefits at

Materials Handling & Management Society (MHMS)
The Materials Handling & Management Society (MHMS) Chicagoland Chapter offers educational resources, certificate programs, local plant tours and networking events for professionals whose responsibilities include planning, design, deployment or operation of equipment and systems that are fundamental to the productive and safe movement, storage, control, and protection of goods through the use of material handling products and practices. Students enrolled in an Illinois college, university or certification program related materials handling, may check the for scholarship opportunities.

Project Management Institute (PMI)
PMI serves practitioners and organizations with standards that describe good practices and offers globally recognized credentials that certify project management expertise. It also provides resources for professional development and networking. General information is at See the "Membership" section for information about Student memberships.

Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) Student Membership
WERC focuses on warehouse management and supports distribution professionals by providing current industry information, practical insights, educational events and more. Learn about student membership and benefits at

Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
ISM is dedicated to the professional development, education, and certification of its members who work in a variety of industrial sectors.  Membership offers access to both national and local events and activities sponsored by the ISM-Chicago affiliate.  ISM offers scholarships, and full-time students and academics may join for free.  Information is at

Complete List of Illinois Tech Student Organizations

Student organizations are plentiful at Illinois Tech – the list is quite amazing. Learn what else is happening on campus through the Office of Campus Life.