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R&D internship

Posted 7 Feb 2024
Work experience
1 to 3 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
Dutch (Fluent)

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We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities – and the environment – are increasingly relying on. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from a pioneering paints company that’s committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

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Purpose of the internship

Within our Global Coating R&D Department in Sassenheim (Netherlands) we are looking for: Coatings Research Interns

Our R&D teams focus on developing new technologies to grow and innovate our coating businesses throughout the world. We support well respected brands like Dulux, Sikkens, Hammerite and Cuprinol. We develop technologies for Decorative and Industrial products, applied on wood, metal or wall substrates, with applications ranging from exterior and interior wood protection (cladding, doors and window frames, garden fences, interior furniture and floors) to corrosion protection in the automotive, aerospace or wind industries. Our internships offer a wide variety of research topics, including polymer chemistry, physical chemistry, material science, formulation and rheology. The placement can last from 6 to 12 months, and starting dates and topics will be defined individually, depending on the team where the internship takes place and available projects.

Please note, that we are looking for multiple interns

What could the internship involve?

  • Work on your own research (sub) projects for new technologies or products in the field of coatings
  • Have the opportunity to design, execute and present your own project
  • Work in the lab on formulation and testing of coating products
  • Develop scientific insights to understand coating and substrate properties
  • Work within an international project organization in multi-disciplinary teams

What do you bring?

  • On-going study to get a Bachelor / Master’s degree in Chemistry / Chemical Engineering / Polymer Chemistry / Material science / Formulation
  • Good knowledge of the English language
  • Curiosity to learn all about our coatings and ways of protecting wood/metal/wall…
  • Affinity for research work on new technologies
  • Interest in lab work, paint formulations and other aspects of coatings
  • Good communication skills

Become part of an outstanding company

AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability. At a personal level you will also benefit from:

  • Monthly full-time allowance, plus travel work-from-home expenses
  • Work experience in an international company
  • Various training opportunities to improve your hard and soft skills in the workspace
  • Successful interns will be considered for positions within AkzoNobel

We welcome your online application via Only online applications including resume and a cover letter will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Nicolas Beslic, Talent Acquisition Partner. Send an email to

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 35604

AkzoNobel is the world's largest coatings and specialty chemicals company, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world.

Active in 150 countries
3,000 employees
50% men - 50% women
Average age is 44 years