20 Mar 2019

Co-op R&D Internship/Co-op

Sherwin-Williams – Posted by kristy.m.dougherty@sherwin.com Anywhere

Job Description

This position is a 6 month co-op experience that will work with the Sherwin-Williams Performance Coatings Group  R&D Commercialization Engineering or Continuous Improvement team.  The R&D Co-op will be assigned to a mentor and will develop knowledge about Process Engineering, LEAN, Six Sigma and overall Continuous Improvement.  This position will be 40 hours a week from May-Dec 2019.Additional responsibilities include:

  • Provide support to technicians, chemists and scientists within assigned Research & Development Group.
  • Perform a variety of laboratory tasks utilizing general instruments and advanced lab equipment.
  • Collaborate with other research and development team members to complete required tasks, including process chemistry and engineering and material science research groups.
  • Complete appropriate research documentation, calculations, and data analysis and effectively communicate these results with supervisor and team members.
  • Prepare basic samples, materials, equipment, and other required tools for laboratory tests or development.
  • Perform basic technical development, tests, analyses, and research based on formulas and project requirements.
  • Complete appropriate forms and documentation regarding research and development processes, tasks, results, reports and conclusions; receives direction from other technicians or chemists on specialized or complex issues.
  • Perform basic calculations to prepare, perform, and conclude tests and analyses.
  • Clean, maintain and calibrate standard equipment and maintain a clean and safe working environment.Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs. frequently and up to 50 lbs. on occasion
  • Must be able to operate a computer and communicate via the telephone
  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing
  • Will be required, on occasion, to work in areas where toxic, flammable, and hazardous materials are present
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university as at least a sophomore and actively working towards a degree in any of the following:  coatings, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or polymer science, business, engineering.
  • Must have a High School diploma or equivalent
  • Must be currently pursuing a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. Degree in a science field
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must be available to work 40 hours per week (first shift) for a total of 6 months
  • Basic understanding of laboratory practices and safety
  • Microsoft Word for technical reporting and Excel for data analysis
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in a R&D environment
  • Previous experience formulating, scaling, or continuous improvement focused statistics exposure
  • Previous team/group experience-employment, volunteer or extracurricular activities
  • Experience with MS Office, Mintab, SPC software

Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race. color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, pregnancy, genetic information or any other consideration prohibited by law or contract.

How to Apply

Apply via Sherwin Williams web site.

Job Categories: Polymer Chemistry. Job Types: Co-op and Internship.

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