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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.

At 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 (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 www.avient.com


Job Summary

This internship will be focused on material science combined with color and additive design work in the Innovation Center.

The Specialty Engineered Materials Intern position is a paid internship located in Avon Lake, OH.  Pay is commensurate with experience.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate on a functional, characterized colorant database for engineered resins
  • Evaluate different software packages and the associated algorithms to enhance color matching process
  • Create custom additive and color formulations to enhance performance of engineered resins
  • Develop and maintain test plans, as well as track progress of the testing
  • Support technology platforms in medical, FDA and durable thermoplastics
  • Develop key communication and training materials 
  • Create summaries of new capabilities which can be used by internal and external customers 


To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering and polymer engineering (In process)
  • Must currently be enrolled as a student at an accredited institution
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Problem solving/decision making/sound judgment
  • Ability to handle multitasking, manage time, and prioritize tasks based on customer needs
  • Attention to detail



  • Each position at Avient focuses on eight Core Competencies as a Leader of Self.  Additionally, management positions focus on Leadership Competencies as a Leader of Others and/or a Leader of the Business.  These competencies are designed to drive behavior that will ultimately help our associates excel at their current roles, while supporting individual and career development.


Physical Demands

The characteristics listed below are representative of the physical demands required by an individual to successfully perform the essential duties of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk and/or hear.
  • Occasionally required to sit.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 55 pounds and occasionally handle up to 250 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:                              

The characteristics listed below are representative of the work environment typically encountered by an individual while performing the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

  • Requires the use of safety equipment as dictated by the 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 the typical noise level is loud.
  • Regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles.  The employee is frequently exposed to vibration.  The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and 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

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