Sherwin-Williams R&D Intern in States, United States

Title: R&D Intern

Location: United States-Ohio-Warrensville Heights

Job Number: 180004F7

Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers. The company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Valspar®, HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson’s® Water Seal®, Cabot® and many more. Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 4,100 company-operated stores and facilities, while the company’s other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors. The company supplies a broad range of highly-engineered industrial and OEM coatings for wood and general industrial, coil, packaging, protective and marine, and transportation applications worldwide. Our 60,000 employees are diverse, innovative and passionate. With a variety of rewarding and challenging opportunities, Sherwin-Williams is a great place to find a career that takes you places.

This position is a 12 week internship experience for the Performance Coatings Group R&D Division that will take place over the summer.

Interns will be assigned to a specific lab and project team where they will have periodic reviews to evaluate their performance.

This opportunity will allow them to gain experience in work groups and other R&D professionals at Sherwin-Williams.

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 50 lbs. frequently and up to 100 lbs. on occasion
  • Must be able to operate a computer and communicate via the telephone.
  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing
  • May work in areas where toxic, flammable, and hazardous materials are present.
  • Must have a High School diploma or the equivalent of a High School diploma
  • Must have a current cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's or PD.D. Degree in a science field
  • Must be available to work 40 hours per week (first shift) for a total of 12 weeks-- 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

  • 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:

  • Currently at a Sophomore or Junior standing
  • Actively working towards a degree in any of the following:

    coatings, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or polymer science.

  • Chemistry majors
  • Local candidates
  • Has completed minimum of 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry
  • Ideal candidate will have previous work experience in a lab

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.

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