RD Intern - Water Technology

Fontana, CA, US, 92337

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.


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Internship Overview

James Hardie is seeking inquisitive, energized, collaborative, and adaptable college students for our 2024 summer intern program.

Over the course of our 10-12-week internship experience you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work directly with a mentor in your field of study while finding solutions to dynamic and challenging problems.
  • Experience our products up close by touring our state-of-the-art manufacturing and / or research facilities.
  • Interact directly with our company leaders to discuss strategy and the future of James Hardie.
  • Build a lasting professional network through social events and engaging activities.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge to become a future leader in the building materials industry.


Position Details:

As a member of our water technology team, you will support project work including but not limited to:

  • Laboratory investigation on latest wastewater treatment technology:
    • Provide ideas and concepts on wastewater treatment.
    • Design lab experiments to prove the ideas and concepts. 
    • Conduct water analysis using analytical instruments.
  • Make fiber cement prototypes and test mechanical properties and durability:
    • Learn how to make prototypes of fiber cement.
    • Lab testing, data analysis and reporting
  • Operation of a lab or pilot water treatment system:
    • Learn how to operate a lab or pilot water treatment system.
    • Perform data analysis and write technical reports.


Location: Fontana, California

Hourly rate: $25.00 / Hour

Shift: First shift, Monday through Friday


Basic Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor or Master program from an accredited college / university with an expected graduation date between May 2025 – December 2026 (Rising Junior or Rising Senior status)
  • Ability to work full time for 10-12 weeks during summer 2024.
  • Authorized to work in the US.
  • Strong academic performance including a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the work location.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Program majors: Materials Science and Engineering, or Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering
  • Previous internships / co-ops or work experience and / or involvement with student or civic organizations


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James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Fontana
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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