Summer Intern

POSTED: April 25, 2023
BUSINESS: RiKarbon, Inc.
POSITION TYPE: Summer Internship

Job description

RiKarbon is a growing startup with a mission to develop proprietary technologies and high-performance sustainable products from non-conventional feedstock to meet growing consumer needs in the sustainable value-chain. The company’s initial product offerings include renewable base-oils and ingredients for cosmetics and environmentally-acceptable lubricants. In addition to enabling technology development, product scale up and process optimization for initial product offerings, the company is rapidly expanding its technology portfolio to serve broader sustainability initiatives, e.g. waste plastics upcycling, and seeking an undergraduate intern to work the Department of Energy sponsored SBIR/STTR project diversity program for the summer months.

On a daily basis, the intern will work under supervision of COO and or senior scientist on waste plastics upcycling technology. The intern will get valuable experience on waste plastic problems, value creation and entrepreneurship skills. In particular, the intern will learn and get hands-on experience on waste plastic depolymerization and polymerization to produce upcycled polymers. In addition, the individual will gain skills on report writing, data management, presentation, professional development and interaction with customers and collaborators.


  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US.
  • Current undergraduate student in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
  • Undergraduate research experience is preferred.
  • Ability to multi-task and quickly switch between activities.
  • Results-driven and team-player attitude.
  • Able to work collaboratively with scientists, engineers, and technicians.

How to apply

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