Student R&D Internship,

Netherlands, South Holland, Sassenheim

Business unit: DP North West Europe

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


Business Area Decorative Paints
Our Decorative Paints business area adds color to people’s lives with a full range of interior and exterior decoration and protection products for the trade and consumer markets. As authorities on color we aim to provide all our customers – from professional decorators to DIY enthusiasts – with a great color experience and a fantastic finish. Our range includes paints, lacquers and varnishes, as well as products for surface preparation. Our extensive product range is marketed under international and local brand names including Sikkens®, Dulux®, Levis®, Flexa®, Trimetal®, and Cetabever®

The Global Expertise & Research Group Woodcare, Trim, Pre-Deco and Specialties fulfils an important function within our Decorative Paints R&D organization. Currently, the department has different challenging internship opportunities for Bachelor and Master students Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or similar scientific/technical discipline. You will be stationed in Sassenheim, the Netherlands. Duration of the internship: 6 to 12 months.

• You will work on specific research projects for new technologies and/or products in the fields of Woodcare, Trim or Specialties paints (wood or metal)
• You will work in the lab to explore and test these new technologies or coating formulations
• You will have the opportunity to design, execute and present your own project

Vacancy data


Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

Vacancy number







South Holland



Business unit

DP North West Europe

Job family


Hierarchy level

Entry Level

Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

• On-going study to get a Bachelor or Master degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or similar scientific/technical discipline
• Curiosity to learn about our coatings and ways of protecting wood/metal
• Interest in lab work, paint formulations and other aspects of coatings
• Affinity for research work on new technologies
• Good communication skills (Reporting and presenting)
• Ability to work as a team player in the laboratory
• Excellent command of the English language (speaking and writing)

What do we offer?
• A hands-on learning experience in the field of paints and coatings in a globally oriented working environment.
• An extensive acquaintance with AkzoNobel’s leading R&D organization.
• The possibility to write your Bachelor/Master thesis based on your research

Application details
If you would like to receive additional information, please contact Rob Sanders, Graduate Talent Resourcing Partner, telephone +31 (0)88 0106789 #2. Only online applications including a CV and cover letter will be taken into consideration, reference 160008IC.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.
Agency or sales calls are not appreciated