Research and Development Intern - Hot Melt Adhesive

  • H.B. Fuller
  • Saint Paul, MN, USA
  • Aug 30, 2019
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H.B. Fuller is a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemicals across all industries throughout the world. While our products are virtually invisible, they play a vital role in ensuring the quality of modern life and we are committed to connecting what matters to solve some of the world's biggest adhesion challenges.

Research and Development Intern

St. Paul, MN

Summer 2020

The Research and Development Intern would report to the North America Hot Melt team and would be supporting experiments that evaluate the impact raw materials have on newly developed products. The intern would work as a resource to explore the raw material selections in our products. The intern would work with individuals throughout the company to understand the implications of how raw materials are allocated and the implications of using different forms of raw materials and equivalents. The intern would work with experts within the company to understand current products, performance parameters, and SOP’s for making Hot Melt Adhesives.

Position Overview:

This individual will be responsible for a specific project that looks at the impact different raw material feed streams have on the overall performance of our Hot Melt products. The project will include in-depth analysis of how we select raw materials and what impact certain feed streams have on specific properties of our adhesive. The end objective of this project will give us a cross-functional understanding between what raw-materials we use and what impact they have on our products. The primary duties of the intern will include:

  • Formulating, mixing, and testing Hot Melt products
  • Comparing raw materials as to the type of impact they have on the finished good
  • Identifying Raw Material concerns with respect to adhesive performance
  • Understanding the implications of Raw Material utilization
  • Collaborate with Sourcing, SIOP, Operations, R&D, and Technical Service
  • Perform tasks according to GMP and SOP’s


  • Currently pursuing Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Science, or Material Science to be completed between December 2020 – August 2021
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to solve problems independently
  • Well practiced organizational skills and ability to plan and meet deadlines


  • Completed a lab course or coursework (in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science, or polymer science)
  • Experience with adhesives or sealants
  • Applied project management and new product development experience
  • Experience operating analytical instruments

Experience level of the applicant we want

Undergraduate, College / Sixth form, High School