Work Placement / Internship

Research and Development Summer Internship Programme

(1 - 4 months)

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What will I be doing?

You’ll be undertaking research to understand what consumers want and need, and developing the technology and science to bring new innovations to life. You’ll be helping to make our brands even healthier, more appealing, more efficient and more environmentally friendly – improving our products in any way possible. Our people have the opportunity to make a big impact every day on a local level, across Europe and the globe.

Introduction to Unilever

On any day, 2.5 billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life – giving us a unique opportunity to build a brighter future.

What do we look for?

In R&D, we require a strong technical qualification in a Chemical or Physical Science. We also accept Chemical/Material and Engineering-related disciplines. You will understand the importance of commercial success and be passionate about making an impact, contributing towards a more sustainable brighter future through exciting and forward thinking innovations.

With a strong performance culture, challenging goals and continuous feedback, we will support you to achieve your potential in an inclusive environment. You will thrive by gaining exposure to real business challenges where your energy and fresh thinking will have an impact. First-hand experience- it’s the fastest way to learn.

Students must have completed the penultimate year of their undergraduate degree by the time they start their placement and be returning to study after their placement.

Research and Development Summer Placements are a chance to showcase your thinking and skills, with total support from a line manager and a buddy. Students who successfully pass our Summer Placement programme will be fast-tracked to the final stage of the selection process for the Unilever Future Leaders Programme – The Discovery Centre Day.

Our application process involves:

  • Online application
  • Digital interview
  • Half day selection board.

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the largest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies in the world. It makes some of the world’s most loved brands: Dove, Lynx, PG Tips, Ben & Jerrys, Sure, Magnum, Knorr and Hellmann’s, to name a few. Unilever takes care of the whole supply chain of its products, from development and sourcing right through to production, marketing and distribution. 172,000 people globally produce brands that are sold in 190 countries and used by 2.5 billion people daily.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • £20,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Summer
  • Multiple UK Locations

Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Science

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