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R&D Intern - Reactive Hot Melt Adhesives

What you can expect from H.B. Fuller's Internship Program:

You’ll be joining a cohort of talented students from a variety of schools across the U.S. We hire interns into the following positions: Process Engineering, R&D, Strategic Sourcing, Technical Sales, Supply Chain, Product Marketing, Information Technology, and more. 

The projects we task our interns to lead are impactful and meaningful to our organization. You’ll be supported by your Manager and Mentor to gain in-depth knowledge of the adhesive industry and collaborate with various departments and functions. We also offer an established path for next-level opportunities - making this internship the starting point for a long-term career path.

Internship Location: St. Paul, MN

Our Internship Experience includes:

  • 12-week paid program beginning the end of May to mid-August to gain insight and knowledge in your field.
  • Interactive orientation and events with skilled professionals in your field, including managers, directors, and CEO.
  • Multiple networking, volunteer and fun events – both virtual and in-person.
  • Impactful projects that make a difference internally and externally for H.B. Fuller.
  • End of summer final presentation to showcase your career development with support from managers and peers.

Position Overview:

This position would entail working on assessing a variety of currently used raw materials and evaluating future raw materials with respect to the overall businesses need while executing baseline performance testing and other research tasks as needed. Applicant would need to feel comfortable working in a lab-focused group with an emphasis on collaboration and knowledge sharing. 

Primary Duties:

Duties would involve benchmarking the impact and property benefits of raw materials in reactive hot melt adhesives. The properties measured would include, but are not limited to, mechanical strength, viscosity, working time, cure rate, adhesion, and industry specific testing. Candidate would be expected to work in collaboration with other R&D team members. Additional responsibilities would include establishing new baseline testing specific to market needs, as time allows.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Material Science
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

Physical Environment:

  • Primarily be working in a hood in a laboratory making formulations and running a rheometer
  • Require short-term lifting, including 50 lb. containers
  • Work with isocyanates in a controlled environment  
  • Analytical Equipment
  • Potentially visit a manufacturing site