• Manufacturing & Operations Internship

    Job ID
    Functional Group
    Manufacturing/Operations/Supply Chain
    Business Segment
    Industrial Powder Coatings
  • Overview

    Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, automotive refinish and commercial vehicles to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axaltacoatingsystems.com and follow us @Axalta on twitter.




    Axalta Coating Systems’ Leadership recognizes the business value of introducing young, new talent into the organization through our internship program.  The Axalta Internship Program provides a meaningful professional experience to college students and is supported by a hands-on supervisor and a peer mentor to help with the daily maneuvering. To enhance the real-world experience, the Interns are provided with a unique project designed by the functional leadership that possesses true business value. At the conclusion of the internship, the interns are then provided an opportunity to establish their own brand through a formal business presentation of their key project to senior leaders sharing the outcomes of their work and the value their work will provide to Axalta. Additionally, the interns are provided direct exposure to Axalta’s senior level executives through our ExecuCom lecture series which includes a live question and answer session with the leader.  The interns will also be provided the opportunity to meet, network and spend time with the rest of the Axalta summer interns during the 4-day Summit held at our Global Headquarters in Philadelphia, PA.  These are all keys to insuring a robust, meaningful and value adding real-world experience to these students.


    The Internships will last a minimum of 10 weeks.  Preferred starting dates are at the end of May with the target completion timeframe in mid-August. 







    During your Axalta Internship, you will:

    • Work with a Senior Engineer on a well-defined project related to active programs addressing new product development, manufacturing process improvements or current customer issues.
    • Be expected to perform your own work which may include but is not limited to polymer synthesis, paint making and application, physical testing, advanced analytical techniques and computational modeling
    • Support Lean Loading project for the Manufacturing Area.  Work with the team to improve the efficiency of finished product mixers and dispersions pre-mixers loading.
    • Perform task analysis to reduce total effort and time to load a batch. The implementation of this project should also contribute to improve consistency on product Quality.
    • Improve the Mix Center manufacturing process. Analyze current process, equipment and work practices used in the Mix Center.
    • Develop a plan to improve overall performance regarding Productivity & Quality while keeping the operation safe.
    • Help the areas’ process engineers ensure all scenarios for hazardous events and consequences have the proper level of interlocks. Develop a plan to reconcile any gaps that may be identified by the team. 
    • Help all process areas update their Chemical Interaction matrices.
    • Have frequent opportunities for direct interaction with our internal manufacturing and marketing groups, as well as, our external automotive customers
    • Prepare and present a report summarizing your project work.




    Salary: Commensurate with experience and education

    Travel Reimbursement:  Axalta will pay you a pre-determined lump sum to cover your round trip between your school and the Axalta location to which you are assigned. 

    Housing:  Axalta will provide interns in need of housing a lump sum of money to assist in covering living expenses


    Candidates seeking US-based internships need to have the ability to work legally in the United State (e.g. US Citizen, US permanent resident of qualifying refugee or individuals granted asylum). Applicants who do not indicate having the necessary work authorization will not be considered for US-based internships. 



    • Working towards an undergraduate, Master’s or PhD degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Supply Chain Management
    • A minimum GPA of 3.2
    • The demonstrated ability to learn on the job
    • Be an effective problem solver with strong analytical skills
    • Results oriented and a self-starter
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • Proficient in Excel, Word and PowerPoint
    • Ability to work in a team environment


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