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Type Research internship

The company & department
The Damen Shipyards Group is known by a portfolio of 36 ship- and repair yards, employing 12,000 people globally. Damen has delivered more than 6500 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approx. 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Besides the design and construction of ships ranging from RHIBs to ferries to pollution control vessels, Damen offers components and extensive after sales services.

A sustainable future for all our stakeholders is the only way to stay relevant. This means we should balance long-term economic, environmental and social aspects, based on the interests of our stakeholders.

One of the most versatile departments of Damen is Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC). At DTC we build all ship types (from sail training vessels to tugs) all around the world, under one condition: the shipyard is not owned by Damen. Our contracts go from licenses for the construction of patrol vessels for the American Coast Guard to the complete rehabilitation of a remote shipyard in Malawi for the construction of a fast crew supplier. This also entails that the scope of delivery of each project is different and that clients reach out to us, because they desire to develop themselves. In general we divide our services in: designs & licenses, material packages and building assistance.

The assignment
As DTC, our diversity of projects and activities have an important economic, environmental and social impact. We would like to gain more insight in the environmental and social impact of our business in order to support our ambition: to develop a sustainable future for all our stakeholders.
If this footprint is mapped we have the opportunity to set goals and steer towards an increase in our positive impact and communicate about this.

Tasks & responsibilities
We encourage you to use your creativity to establish a framework which identifies the footprint and to get things in motion and on paper. Following steps are a first proposal, but can be adjusted, also taking into account requirements of the educational institution.

- Establish a framework for the mapping of our footprint, using international guidelines like the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) of the United Nations;
- Align with all internal stakeholders to ensure an effective framework;
- Fill in the framework;
- Translate the framework into sustainable business model archetypes serving both economic, environmental and social impact;
- Translate the business models into communicable material;
- Provide a future plan for keeping the framework up-to-date.


Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a student (HBO/WO) with a strategic and analytical mindset that is willing to discover the entire length of DTC and translate this into an insightful picture of our footprint. This could serve as an internship or graduation assignment of 6-9 months.

Preference for bachelor or master student No preference
Field Innovation, Environmental and Energy Sciences
Starts September
Length between 4 & 8 months
Location Gorinchem
Language Dutch or English
Compensation 455
Application procedure

Please send us a short motivation, indicating the requirements with regard to a graduation assignment and your resume via

Damen Shipyards

12 July, 2019
Avelingen-West 20
4204MS Gorinchem

Lisa Weggemans

Contact Faculty of Geosciences
Erika Dijksma