• 2019 Internships - Chemistry Majors, Laboratory-Based Internship

    Job ID
    US-PA-Philadelphia - Navy Yard
    Functional Group
    Business Segment
  • 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, commercial vehicles and refinish applications 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 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 13,000 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 and on LinkedIn


    Axalta’s InventU Internship Program is a world-class program focused on providing interns with real-world experiences in their majors. This Program is a strategic people initiative focused on fueling the pipeline for entry level talent into Axalta who not only possess the technical capabilities and potential to grow in Axalta but, possess the values and behaviors as they are aligned with Axalta’s culture.



    More than one-half of our summer Intern cohort are majoring in STEM-related majors including Chemistry. These individuals enjoy an internship opportunity at one of our many US-based laboratory sites. The site locations include, but are not limited to:

    • Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Detroit, Michigan area
    • Houston, Texas
    • Front Royal, Virginia,
    • Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • High Point, North Carolina

    Our commitment to our interns through our InventU Internship program is to provide real-world experiences relative to your major. All interns are provided a key project or key projects that have direct and meaningful impact on the business. Our interns become an integral part of the technical team at the laboratory and have an opportunity to interact with more seasoned chemists, engineers and other functional professionals and leaders. Our interns are provided the opportunity to apply their “book learnings” to real world technology challenges.

    Besides the assignment of functional-based key projects, our InventU internship program also exposes the entire intern cohort to our executives through our weekly “We Paint Futures” Executive speaker series. All interns are provided a weekly opportunity to hear from various members of our Global Leadership team, to learn about the value their role plays in the broader fabric of a global company, and to benefit from their “words of wisdom” shared based upon their experiences. The Q&A session during each discussion provides the interns the opportunity to ask these executives questions relative to Axalta, their role in Axalta or their personal journey.

    The third key element to Axalta’s InventU program is the annual “InventU Summer Summit” during which the interns are brought to our global headquarters in Philadelphia. The interns meet and network with each other, meet and dine with our executives, hear more about Axalta’s Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, engage in professional development exercises, and experience a bit about Philadelphia’s rich history. The highlight of the Summit is a friendly competition among the interns as they present their ideas for solutions to address a business challenge faced by Axalta.

    At the conclusion of the InventU internship program, each intern is required to make a formal business presentation to site leadership discussing their Key Project, their approached to their project, the findings they had and value their project and the results provide to the broader Axalta organization. The intern’s ability to link their work to value for the broader organization is a demonstration of critical thinking and business acumen. Decisions are then made to offer each intern the opportunity to return to Axalta for another internship or to offer the intern a full-time job upon completion of their formal education.

    Our 2019 InventU Summer Internship will be the 6th year Axalta will sponsor this program in the just 6 years that Axalta has been a standalone company. We welcome you to learn more about Axalta and our internship program on our Axalta.com website and at the various career fairs that Axalta attends. We look forward to meeting you!


    To be considered for a Chemistry internship at one of Axalta’s laboratory site locations you must be studying Chemistry as your major at an accredited university or college and have at least a 3.2 GPA in your major. Ideally, we are seeking students who are currently in their Junior year for the 2018-2019 school year and will be rising Seniors during the summer of 2019. We will entertain current Sophomores. Students with previous internship experiences will be given preference.

    Please express your interest to be considered for an Axalta internship by applying on line and please reach out to us on-campus or at the SWE National Conference.


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