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R&D Intern - Automotive Adhesives

What you can expect from H.B. Fuller's Internship Program:

You’ll be joining a cohort of talented students from a variety of schools across the U.S. We hire interns into the following positions: Process Engineering, R&D, Strategic Sourcing, Technical Sales, Supply Chain, Product Marketing, Information Technology, and more. 

The projects we task our interns to lead are impactful and meaningful to our organization. You’ll be supported by your Manager and Mentor to gain in-depth knowledge of the adhesive industry and collaborate with various departments and functions. We also offer an established path for next-level opportunities - making this internship the starting point for a long-term career path.

Internship Location: St. Paul, MN

Our Internship Experience includes:

  • 12-week paid program beginning the end of May to mid-August to gain insight and knowledge in your field.
  • Interactive orientation and events with skilled professionals in your field, including managers, directors, and CEO.
  • Multiple networking, volunteer and fun events – both virtual and in-person.
  • Impactful projects that make a difference internally and externally for H.B. Fuller.
  • End of summer final presentation to showcase your career development with support from managers and peers.


The objectives to correlate the surface tension of products and the bonding performance on various substrates.

Position Overview:

Measuring the surface tension of our products and various substrates will create a basis of knowledge to predict adhesive performance.  This project will include evaluating the adhesive performance of 2KPUs for automotive to validate the predictive nature of the data.

Primary Duties:

  • Measure the surface tension of finished products using the Kruss DSA.
  • Measure the surface energy of substrates using the portable Kruss MSA.
  • Prepare lap shears with 2KPUs to validate the model.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Basic Microsoft Office software
  • Statistical software or advanced Excel
  • Basic chemistry lab or polymer processing experience  
  • Working towards Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science (or equivalent experience).

Physical Environment:

40 hours a week. 20% of time in the office, 80% of time in the lab.