Internship -  Valorisation of Brew Industry Co-Products and Waste

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Date: 3 Jul 2024

Location: Amsterdam, NL, 1118 BN


Internship -  Valorisation of Brew Industry Co-Products and Waste


Are you M.Sc. student passionate about the Heineken ambition to significantly reduce our environmental footprint and become the greenest brewer in the world? To realize this ambition, we are implementing strategies to go to Net Zero Carbon, Circularity, and support Healthy watersheds where we operate. (Also possible as a research internship)


HEINEKEN is looking for you!

We are seeking a motivated student to undertake a theoretical thesis focused on the valorisation of co-products and waste from the brewing industry. This project aims to compile internal and external experiences in HEINEKEN with innovative methods for converting waste materials into valuable resources, contributing to sustainability and circular economy goals. The thesis will investigate various waste streams within the brewing industry, including but not limited to: Brewer’s Surplus Yeast, Brewer's Spent Grain, Paper Labels, Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge, among others.

The internship

The goal is to compile current knowledge, to identify and to evaluate potential valorisation pathways for these materials, including but not limited to: Biotechnological applications, energy recovery, methods, Material recycling and re-use, Environmental impact assessments.


Your responsibilities

In this internship you will be responsible for:

  • Conduct a comprehensive literature review on the valorisation of brewing industry waste.
  • Develop theoretical frameworks and models for waste conversion processes.
  • Analyse existing case studies and technologies.
  • Propose innovative and sustainable solutions for waste valorisation including a decision tree and drivers for the decision.
  •  Prepare a detailed thesis document presenting findings, methodologies, compilation of valorisation options, decision tree, and recommendations.

The department

Wea are team of enthusiastic people at NetZero & Sustainable Development. Openness, energetic attitude and sharing our success and challenges is our way of working to brew a better world!

The terms of employment

  • Your starting date any time after 1st July 2023
  • The internship is fulltime
  • The duration of the internship is 5 or 6 months (in consultation with your internship supervisor)
  • You will be based in our new office at Schiphol.
  • You will receive an internship fee of €500 (WO & HBO)
  • You will enjoy 2 vacation days per month (based on fulltime)
  • If you do not have a student OV product, your commuting expenses will be fully reimbursed


The start of your internship

Together with a diverse group of interns from different departments you will start your internship at HEINEKEN. Together you will be introduced to the organization. Furthermore, you can organize fun activities with your fellow interns.


The unique you!

You are enrolled in a Master’s program in Environmental Science, Waste Management, Chemical Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, or a related field and you have the following:

  • Strong understanding of waste management and sustainability principles.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  •  Proficiency in scientific writing and data interpretation
  • Familiarity with the brewing industry is an advantage
  • Highly motivated and self-driven
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a cross functional team as well
  • Proficiency in English is a must


We believe that everyone has unique talents and are therefore looking for you!


Conditions of HEINEKEN

  1. You are enrolled at an educational institution.
    1. In the case of non-EU nationality, you must be registered as an intern with a Dutch educational institution.
    2. In case of EU nationality, you may also be registered as an intern at educational institutions outside the EU.
  2. Physical presence at the location of your internship. We believe that you learn most when you can work directly with your colleagues. It is therefore not possible to work completely remote and HEINEKEN does not facilitate housing.


Great! For more information about this vacancy or about the application process, please contact You can also apply right now by clicking on the "apply now" button. After that we ask you to fill in some data, write a short motivation for the internship and upload your most recent CV.


Are you unsure if there is a perfect match? If so, we would still encourage you to apply!


The company

HEINEKEN has been a market leader for more than 150 years. We have a family history and Dutch heritage that we are proud of. This pride is reflected in our entrepreneurship and we take it with us in everything we do and where we go. We are brand builders and the indispensable link between the breweries and the perfect beer in people's homes or on the terrace.

Together we stand for our core values: passion for quality, enjoying life and respect for people and the environment. We always advocate responsible alcohol consumption, feel closely connected to Dutch society and local communities, and constantly strive to improve our impact on the planet.

Embracing and celebrating diversity is at the heart of the purpose of HEINEKEN to "brew the joy of true togetherness!

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