The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) supports both Industrial Internships and Co-op Industrial Assignments for qualified upper division students in the Chemical Engineering (ChEn) and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) programs. Valuable educational experiences may be gained during a period of full-time industrial employment in a setting that involves the application of chemical engineering and/or materials science and engineering principles. These industrial assignments also provide financial support. Additionally, students have the option of earning academic credit by enrolling in a course concurrently; these credits can be applied toward technical elective requirements.
Many opportunities exist on campus and in the department for undergraduates to participate in a research project, usually with a graduate student or postdoctoral associate under the supervision of a faculty member. For students considering graduate school, this is the best way to sample graduate student life. It also provides an excellent opportunity for getting to know professors so they can write more extensive letters of recommendation for employment or graduate studies. Check the department research areas page to identify professors doing research in areas that interest you.
Students who are interested in exploring other cultures may be able to arrange up to one year of study
in a university in another country. Additionally, students may choose global seminar experiences during
semester breaks. Many courses taken in a university abroad can be transferred for credits, especially
towards liberal education requirements. Students who are interested in studying abroad are encouraged to
consult with the Learning Abroad office (230 Heller Hall; 612-626-9000). CSE
Students may also work with the CSE
International Programs Team. Students are also encouraged to work
with the Director of Undergraduate Studies as early as your freshman year.
Note: It may be easiest to study abroad in the sophomore year or after the core courses for your program are complete. A four-year graduation may be forfeited depending on the length of the abroad experience.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and Materials Advantage have student chapters on
campus. Prof. Caretta is the faculty advisor for AIChE and Prof. Mkhoyan is the faculty adviser for
The AIChE is the primary professional organization for chemical engineers, and Materials Advantage is the primary professional organization for materials science engineers.
The student chapters sponsor informational, educational, and social meetings, which include visits from corporate representatives and recruiters.
Excellent industrial or research experience can be gained without interfering with your studies through the many summer internship positions announced and posted at the CSE Career Services office (105 Lind; (612) 624-4090) and by checking this website, over the course of the year. Interviewing for industrial summer positions is generally conducted at the CSE Career Services Office well in advance of the summer – often in the preceding fall. Be sure to sign up early!