POLYMER DIAGNOSTICS - LAB INTERNSHIP
Avient Corporation (formerly PolyOne Corporation), with 2019 revenues of $2.9 billion, provides specialized and sustainable material solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world. Examples include:
Barrier technologies that preserve the shelf-life and quality of food, beverages, medicine and other perishable goods through high-performance materials that require less plastic
Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation
Breakthrough technologies that minimize wastewater and improve the recyclability of materials and packaging across a spectrum of end uses
Avient employs approximately 9,100 associates and is certified ACC Responsible Care and a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. For more information, visit
At Avient, we strive for a culture of trust and engagement. Our associates are leading company initiatives such as Lead by Women, HYPE and Pride to advance diversity in professional and personal development. We also provide our associates with robust development programs such as Avient 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.
Avient, we believe diversity of ideas and backgrounds gives us the creativity to be successful in a rapidly changing world. In support of this, we stress equality of opportunity for all qualified individuals in accordance with applicable laws. Decisions on hiring, promotion, development, compensation or advancement are based solely on a person's qualifications, abilities, experience and performance.
Avient Corporation is seeking a technical intern during summer 2021 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
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.
Avient Corporation is a drug free workplace. Avient 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 federal, state and local law. #LI-KF1
PolyOne is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status, or other legally protected classification in the state in which a person is seeking employment. PolyOne will use E-Verify to ensure employment eligibility of newly hired employees where required.