Polymer Diagnostics Intern

  • PolyOne Corporation
  • Avon Lake, OH, USA
  • Dec 21, 2018
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PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL), is an award-winning workplace because of the value we place on our people and their contributions through, recognition programs, competitive pay, community involvement, and opportunities to grow professionally and personally. We have a proven track record of promoting from within by providing professional development opportunities. We are a $3 billion world-class, global provider of polymer solutions with our materials used in everyday products ranging from sports equipment to medical devices to electronics and more. With approximately 6,000 global associates and 70+ facilities around the world, we collaborate closely with our customers to deliver innovative products and services. If you like to be challenged in a fast-paced, team environment and to work with top, innovative talent, then PolyOne is the ideal company for you to build a career. 


At PolyOne, we strive for a culture of trust and engagement. Our associates are leading company initiatives such as Lead by Women and Pride at PolyOne to advance diversity in professional and personal development. We also provide our associates with robust development programs such as PolyOne Academy, Lean Six Sigma, and various leadership workshops to allow for career growth in a variety of ways. With workplace flexibility, health and wellness programs, casual dress days, and paid time off for community service, we are committed to building upon our positive momentum. 


PolyOne Corporation is seeking a technical intern during summer 2019 at the corporate headquarters in Avon Lake, OH.  This is a paid internship.  The ideal candidate will be local to the area. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • The individual will work with a senior scientist to carry out polymer analysis using FT-IR, XRF, thermal analysis, physical property and fire science test methods as needed.
  • The individual must be able to perform assigned tasks in accordance with good safety practices.
  • Respond to internal and external requests
  • Train in other areas of Polymer Diagnostics (PDI)
  • Often work with fellow members of PDI to obtain a complete understanding of the solution to an analysis
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Background

  • The candidate must be working towards a BS degree in science, engineering, materials science or a related field

Additional Qualifications

  • Must have excellent laboratory skills, i.e. be willing to handle chemicals, equipment, delicate instrumentation, etc. carefully and safely
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and bring projects to completion in a timely fashion
  • Must be flexible and versatile in order to handle changing laboratory needs and to serve a variety of functions or technologies as the business demands
  • Must have competent PC computer skills, e.g. Excel, MS Word, and PowerPoint
  • Must be able to effectively communicate one-on-one and in small group situations
  • Must have manual dexterity sufficient to use wide variety of standard lab equipment and ability to operate standard office equipment
  • Must have skills in manipulation of data, mathematical formulae, calibration procedures, record keeping, and mechanical aptitude
  • Must have the ability to learn quickly to utilize software related to specific techniques
  • Core Competencies include Safety/Housekeeping, Quality of Work, Quantity of Work, Position/Work Knowledge, Initiative, Reliability, Attitude, Teamwork, and Attendance 

Physical demands and work environment 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally handle up to 50 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Requires use of safety equipment as dictated by work area such as safety glasses and shoes, dust mask, hard hat, respirator, face shield, hearing protection, chemical suit, gloves, aprons, etc
  • Work is inside and typical noise level fluctuates from moderate to loud
  • Repetitively exposed to moving mechanical parts or airborne particles
  • Occasionally exposed to vibration. May occasionally perform tasks involving toxic or caustic chemicals, and operate instruments that pose a risk of electrical shock. 

PolyOne Corporation is a drug free workplace.  PolyOne is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination in providing equal employment to all qualified employees and candidates regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran’s status, or other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable state and local law.


Experience level of the applicant we want

College / Sixth form