Internships, Co-ops & Jobs
Chemical Engineering Department
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Every year, students are given the opportunity to meet with industry representatives visiting our campus to learn about local job and internship opportunities.
Outside work experiences like internships (typically 2-3 months) and co-ops (longer than 3 months) are a great way to gain necessary skills and put what you’ve learned in the classroom to practical use.
There is no formal requirement to participate in an internship or co-op in the chemical engineering program, but we encourage it if you are interested.
The best time to pursue this option is between your junior and senior year.
Students who intern without enrolling for any credit do not need to meet any special departmental requirements or standards. If you would like to earn credit for an internship, enroll in ChE 3196 or 3296. These courses are open to sophomores, juniors, or seniors who have been admitted to the chemical engineering program and who are in good standing in the department. Transfer students must complete ChE 2111 before enrolling in ChE 3196 or 3296.
Internships are generally completed during the summer months whereas a co-op requires time off during the regular academic year.
There are many things to consider like tuition, scheduling, level of experience and the necessary reports and paperwork, so be sure to talk to your advisor if you’re interested and they can share more details.
Several companies have offered co-op and internship opportunities to UMD chemical engineering students, for example: Cargill, 3M, Domtar, SAPPI, IBM, Imation, US Steel, Stora Enso, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota and Wisconsin Pollution Control Agencies and Murphy Oil.
Internship & Job Resources
Students should use GoldPASS as their primary resource for job and internship listings. It allows employers to search for applicants and resumes while also connecting students with companies of interest.
Here is a list of companies that typically hire Chemical Engineering graduates.
E-Fest, the UMD engineering job fair in October, is a time when many companies interview on campus for internship and co-op positions.
We also email alerts to all Chemical Engineering majors when information about new co-op positions becomes available.