Internship for Chemical Engineering students as of february 2019


Vlisco is well-known by its wax-products and unique processes. Wax will be pressed on the cloth partly to create certain patterns. Then, the cloth is painted by a base color (e.g. indigo) and the non-wax parts will remain blank. When the patterns are created, the fabric has to be dyed with other colors. Before dyeing, the wax should be removed using a solvent; so-called dewaxing process. Due to quality and safety restrictions, cloth has to be solvent free before entering the next dyeing phase. This process has to be optimized or most likely fully designed again.

As an intern you will play an active role within a small team (3 members) for the development of a new dewax-process. Main goal will be developing a process on lab-scale where own ideas and input are appreciated.

The solvent which has to be removed from the fabric has already selected. As a student chemical engineering, you will mainly use your engineering/physics skills in the R&D laboratory. You can investigate current drying and washing procedures and gain inspiration for the new process. You are not afraid to be pro-active, share ideas and questions with your supervisor or team members.     

Based on the output of the assessment, Vlisco can simulate the developed process for larger scale and select third parties for engineering a new factory.

About us:

Vlisco Group is a company with an inspiring story behind it. Vlisco is more than 170 years responsible for the production of colorful, expressive dessins which are very popular in the West- and Central African society.  The portfolio of Vlisco Group is built up from four different brands: Vlisco, Woodin, Uniwax en GTP. Design, fashion, creativity, innovation and quality are keywords for the organization. Vlisco Group has 2.300 employees and its headquarters in The Netherlands (Helmond) where 600 employees are active for. The production sites are located in The Netherlands, Ivory Coast and Ghana.  

Vlisco Group is part of the fashion industry but completely different from common textile production. Our production processes are original and nowhere else in the world active. The combination of our traditional products but also the innovative way of work makes Vlisco unique and a well-known brand in the high segment.


Selected education: bachelor chemical engineering

Practical information:

Start date: February/ March 2019

End date: depending on type of contract (internship = 5 months, graduation 7 months)

Registration deadline is not applicable.

Vlisco offers you a challenging internship during which you will be able to gather a lot of useful practical. We also offer an appropriate internship compensation. Are you the enthusiastic student with a love for the profession and the right energy to make a difference at Vlisco?

Apply now!

Do you think you will fit to our team and you feel enthusiasm to share your added value with Vlisco?

Please apply by sending your motivation and CV to Shanie Everts

If your CV and letter are in the same range of what Vlisco is looking for, you will be invited for an interview with our R&D manager and supervisor(s).