Packaging R&D Intern

  • Keulsekade, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Intern

Company Description

For more than 265 years, JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE) is inspired by its belief that it’s amazing what can happen over a cup of coffee or tea. We are fuelled by our purpose of unleashing the possibilities of coffee and tea to create a better future. Today, our coffee & tea portfolio is available in more than 100 developed and emerging markets, through a portfolio of over 50 brands that collectively cover the entire category landscape led by leading household names such as L’OR, Jacobs, Senseo, Tassimo, Douwe Egberts, Old Town, Super, Pickwick and Moccona. 

JDE is part of JDE Peet’s, the world’s largest pure-play coffee and tea company, headquartered in The Netherlands.

What’s it like to work at JDE?

We are proud of our passionate, driven associates that challenge the status quo and pursue mastery in everything they do. Our goal is simple and ambitious – JDE: A coffee & tea for every cup.

At JDE, we're Made to Stand Out. Every day we are progressive in outlook, ambitious in nature, resourceful in action and decisive in approach, bringing coffee and tea moments to everyone around the world.

Job Description

Working with us means you’ll be making an impact in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. We work as a team, celebrating success and supporting one another. Our associates work with a diverse group of like-minded people, in an innovative environment committed to doing the right thing – all across the world. What you do here will get noticed. 

Are you a student looking for an Internship starting around September 2021? Are you looking for an internship that will offer you an assignment in one of our running projects and that will challenge you with a wide ranging variety of work and opportunity? Are you living in Europe and enrolled in a European University? If you are, then keep reading! We pride ourselves on being able to offer interns a challenging experience in our daily work. 

As the global packaging R&D team for JDE, our team is responsible for delivering packaging innovations and renovations in the areas of roast & ground, instant and single serve coffee. We’re looking for an intern with a packaging engineer/chemical or material engineer or industrial design background to support several key innovation and renovation initiatives.  

In your role as Packaging R&D intern, you will support the JDE packaging technologists in developing and delivering key innovations and renovations. Activities comprise: 

  • Packaging Life Cycle Assessment  

  • Packaging Structure Characterization 

  • Maintenance of Packaging Sustainability Database 

  • General support on packaging development 

  • Ideation and design for innovations 

  • Finding technical solutions for consumer/marketing needs 

  • Validating technologies through executing trials and tests 

  • Supporting (factory) trials 

  • General support to the packaging R&D team in Utrecht 


Do you fulfill the following requirements? 

  • Technical background in chemical engineer, materials engineer, packaging technology, design, chemistry, industrial design or similar 

  • Affinity for packaging technology and materials 

  • Good organizational skills (organizing, reporting, etc.) 

  • Good communication skills 

  • Fluent in English (spoken and written) 

This role is for HBO/Bachelor/Master students in the final phase of their studies for a minimum of 6 months internship at our Utrecht Research and Development Center. 

To be successful in this role you need to be enrolled at a University for the whole duration of the internship. Please note that non-EU students enrolled in EU University should have right to work for the whole extend of the internship. 

Preferable degrees include: packaging engineer/chemical or material engineer or industrial design. 

You are highly motivated, an excellent communicator, fluent in English, inquisitive, analytical and prepared to work in a fast-paced, dynamic international environment. 

Additional Information

The monthly internship allowance is € 450,- for a HBO student or € 500,- for a WO student, based on a fulltime 40 hour workweek. The internship starts at the beginning of September 2021, and is for a period of 6 months. 


  • May: Application stage 

  • Mid-June: Video Interviews 

  • June-July: Contract stage 

  • Beginning of September: Start of internship 

To apply, please visit our JDE Career Site (, and include resume and cover letter (please indicate interested team and/or type of projects in the cover letter) before the 31st of May.

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