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Internship / graduation assignment – Shipbuilding with positive impact

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Quick Facts


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.

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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.

Your Profile

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.

What do we offer?

  • A pleasant, informal working atmosphere and professional guidance;
  • A challenging, international environment where you will have a lot of freedom and responsibility;
  • A very educational and enjoyable internship;
  • An internship allowance (additional travel costs will also be covered).

How will you join our team? 

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

Company Information

Damen Shipyards Group is established in 1927 and is a 100% Dutch family owned international group of companies which operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 175 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Damen designs and builds innovative vessels and based on its unique, standardized ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality supported by a worldwide network of sales and services. Annual production value amounts to approximately EUR 2bln.

Damen's focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low 'total cost of ownership', high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of eighteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating (and covered) drydocks, including the longest, 420 x 80 metres, and the widest, 405 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class' maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.

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Lisa Weggemans

Internship Coordinator

+31 183 65 4935

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