RAPID Student Intern Program

The nomination process for the Summer 2019 RAPID Intern Program has ended. Stay tuned for more information regarding the Fall 2019 RAPID Intern Program.

RAPID is seeking to develop and train future leaders in PI & MCPI through hands-on internship projects at RAPID member organizations.

Piloted in 2018, the RAPID Intern Program is an exciting opportunity where RAPID members nominate, hire, mentor and work directly with interns on projects which advance PI and/or MCPI technologies while RAPID enhances that experience through coordinating a virtual intern community, a structured virtual PI leadership training program, and opportunities for interns to enhance their communication skills and connect with RAPID members.

Frequently Asked Ques​tions 


What will RAPID student interns do?

  • Take part in hands-on technical work in the cutting-edge field of process intensification and modular chemical process intensification.
  • Receive virtual PI leadership training on a weekly basis.
  • Hone their communications and presentation skills through opportunities to network and present to RAPID members which include representatives from industry, academia, non-profit and national labs.
  • Be a part of the collaborative RAPID intern community and connect with other interns.

What new in 2019?

  • Incorporation of RAPID's new eLearning course "Fundamentals of Process Intensification"
  • Open to any RAPID member (not just those participating in active RAPID-funded projects)
  • Expanded to Spring, Summer and Fall programs

What are the eligibility requirements?

RAPID Student Interns must:

  • Be located in the U.S.
  • Be in good standing with a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. It is recommended that the student has completed three years of undergraduate studies at the time of the start of the internship.
  • Be nominated by a RAPID member organization.
  • Be working on a project directly focused on advancing process intensification and/or modular chemical processing.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of appointment.

When does the program begin?

Important dates to keep in mind for 2019:

Summer Program
  • Nomination Deadline: May 6
  • Acceptance Notifications Sent: May 15
  • Orientation/Program Start Date: June 3
  • Program End Date: August 9
Fall Program
  • Nomination Deadline: August 12
  • Acceptance Notifications Sent: August 26
  • Orientation/Program Start Date: September 16
  • Program End Date: December 6

What happens after I nominate an intern?

RAPID will review all nominations and contact project sponsors and nominees for any additional information needed. Interns and mentors will be notified of acceptance status according to the timetable above and informed of the program's next steps at that time.

Is there any compensation or college credit provided?

Regarding compensation: Interns must be paid through their nominating organization—which can be counted by the nominating organization as cost share toward a RAPID project. Don't have a RAPID project? We've found many members in this position still find this program incredibly valuable for their students even without the ability to cost share the intern's time toward a project. Regarding college credit: RAPID will provide any necessary assistance to help interns receive proper college or university credit but the issuance of college credit is ultimately the decision of the intern’s educational institution.

Who will supervise the interns?

RAPID will provide a virtual orientation to familiarize student interns with RAPID, our guidelines, and program requirements. Additionally, RAPID will provide online training in a number of key PI & MCPI leadership development areas. However, project tasks will be determined and managed by their assigned mentor and the intern’s physical workspace will be provided by the intern’s organization.

RAPID will also set up weekly calls and request status updates by interns to ensure that their educational and professional development needs are being met.

How can I get involved?

Stay tuned for more information or contact ashls@aiche.org to be notified when the 2019 Fall Program nomination process opens.

What have previous interns said about this program?

When asked to share what the most beneficial aspect of the intern program was to them, selected responses include:

  • “Participating in a nationally recognized organization and being an inaugural member in their program is going to help me further in getting my dream job.”
  • "The knowledge of why future processes need to be designed through process intensification techniques and methods. The ability to articulate how such techniques benefit our industries economically as well on an industrial scale is key. Also the aspect of empowering and seeing a future for American manufacturing was very important.”
  • “Being taught the contrast between a system before PI and after since it showed me how impactful it could be.”
  • “I was able to meet and discuss with like-minded researchers in the field of PI.”
  • “This was one of the most beneficial programs I've been a part of. As a whole, RAPID helped me develop in all aspects of my professional and personal self. I learned valuable skills that translate to industry and also skills that will make me a more effective person outside of the work place. I better understand how to market myself along with cutting edge aspects of the Chemical Engineering industry. Absolutely fantastic experience!”

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Smith-Schoettker at ashls@aiche.org