R&D Intern


DAP is looking for R&D Intern for Summer 2024.

Job Responsibilities

The summer intern would work under mentorship of a senior scientist to perform collaborative research.

  • Study effect of graphene on fire resistance of sealant, 2 wk.

  • Study effect of graphene on tensile strength of adhesive, 2 wk.

  • Study effect of graphene on dust resistance of joint compounds, 2 wk.

  • Study effect of graphene on crack resistance and adhesion of concrete, 2 wk.

  • Validate and optimize for the most feasible formula in terms of performances and cost, 3 wk.

  • Review, prepare for final presentation, 1 wk.


  • Currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemistry, materials science, polymer science, or related discipline from an accredited institution with a total GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Completed a minimum of 4 semesters by the start of the internship.

  • Available to work the entirety of the 12-week summer internship program in 2024.

  • 6-12 months of practical laboratory experience in polymers, chemical/polymer processing, advanced analytical and materials characterization.

  • Previous relevant intern experience or co-op with company or university.

  • Use of designed experiments and statistical analysis of experimental results.

  • Demonstrated scientific and technical acumen, with ability to make connections between science/technology and real-world concerns.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to deal with the ambiguity as it relates to technical problems and experimentation.

  • Demonstrated scientific excellence as evidenced by publications and presentations.

  • Self-motivated and self-directed.

About DAP

DAP is a market leading manufacturer, innovator and marketer of home repair and construction products including caulks, sealants, spray foam insulation, adhesives, and patch and repair products.

DAP is part of RPM International Inc., a $6.1 billion, multinational company with subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services.

You will find DAP products in the hands of professional painters, remodelers, builders, and do-it-yourselfers, and in 60,000 retail outlets, ranging from home centers and mass merchandisers to your local hardware, pro contractor channels and paint stores.

DAP's eight manufacturing and distribution facilities in the United States of America and Canada service North America and the world.

At DAP, we hire the best people and give them a collaborative and rewarding work environment that empowers them to succeed! We support associates in continuous professional growth and collaborate on the steps it takes to get to the next level in their careers.

Our associates enjoy a comprehensive benefits package including 401(k) with company match, pension, paid parental leave, competitive health insurance rates, employee stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, free wellness programs and more! Learn more about DAP's history, culture and benefits at

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