How to Find a Great Chemical Engineering Internship

Let’s put the biggest worry of all engineering students to rest: how to get an internship and a job. It seems like this is the question asked most frequently in all engineering forums, conferences, and get-togethers. I’ll try to add to the global conversation with some specific engineering advice that I’ve gained from successfully applying to and accepting three internship positions coupled with two additional research-lab positions under my belt. It’s tough but it’s certainly doable.

Where to look

First off, there is a plethora of places to look. So create a list—and make it a large one. Identify companies and other organizations that you would like to work for. This list, depending on what field you’re looking into and the experience you have, should probably be extensive. The first time I searched for internships I applied to just over 30 places.  However, it’s not unreasonable to apply to twice as many. Obviously, online applications have less likelihood of succeeding, so expect to apply to more of them in order to be confident that something will come of it.

The first location I tried was the internet. There are a host of resources out there to help you find jobs and internships. Linkedin.com, Internships.com, Indeed.com, and AIChE’s own CareerEngineer are some of just a few, without even mentioning that you can just search the internet for internships. Because this list will take a while to make as it will come from many sources, start your list early. I noted each location, the website used to apply, and the deadline that I meet. This allowed me to prioritize and manage how many applications I had to work my way through. Make sure you’re using your time wisely, however. Apply to internships that you think you would truly be interested in because if the interview comes up you had better be prepared.

Customize your pitch

It's important that you customize each application you give to the companies you apply to. Different companies are looking for different things, so if you are able to find out what they are looking for and tailor your application to address how you qualify to fill those needs, you become far more likely to get an interview. Cover letters should answer why you are the best candidate for the job in a simple and concise manner, while resumes should display your best, relevant qualifications along with key, common facts.

Spread the word

People always recommend networking but I feel that most students think they don't know anyone who can help them, but don't fall into that trap! You'll be surprised at how much professionals are willing to help you when you broadcast to acquaintances that you are seeking an internship; however, be persistent, not pushy when interacting with them.

In summary, do your homework. Put in the time to search out opportunities and create an extensive list of places to apply to. Be prepared with customized applications that will speak to the interviewer and be prepared to impress in your interview! If you follow these recommendations, I think you'll find that you’ll go a long ways in the search for internships.

Comments

udatala siddhartha's picture

I am very excited to do an internship related to chemical engineering ,i hope your website fetch a good internship for me