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University Career Resources

Please visit the Eberly College of Science Office of Science Engagement for other career resources.  Many science-related internship and co-op opportunities can be found using the Career Services Nittany Lion Career Network.


Additional Job, Internship, and Co-op Opportunities

Participating in an co-op, internship, or job is a great way to put your education into action! Penn State has strong connections to the chemical industry, and the Department of Chemistry fosters connections that allow students to be placed in top-notch industrial internships.  Explore additional opportunities below:

Co-ops, Internships, and Jobs

Founded more than 165 years ago, Anheuser-Busch is one of America’s most iconic companies and the undisputed leader of the U.S. beer industry. We are proud of our history and heritage and remain committed to brewing the great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations.

The company has lots of internships available and encourages  Penn State students to apply.

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The Atmospheric Chemistry Elite Scholars (ACES) Program is currently accepting applications from undergraduates who demonstrate motivation for research and education in Atmospheric Chemistry.

Program dates are July 6-August 7, 2020

Launching its inaugural year, ACES is a 5-week summer program that combines lectures by world-renowned faculty with hands-on research in the field to teach research methodology and collaborative skills.  Students will not only learn in-depth about atmospheric chemistry but also large-scale data collection and analysis techniques, public health, and how to perform mentored independent research. 

Our program selects talented undergraduates who are looking to further their research experience and engagement in order to prepare for graduate studies or working in industry.  The experience is augmented by tours of UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as well as trips to environmental organizations in San Francisco, and through networking events.  

Tuition for the 5-week program is $12,000. This cost includes all instruction and classroom materials, laboratory materials and supplies, excursions, and airport transfer. The cost of traveling to and from UC Berkeley for the program, housing, visa fees, and any personal expenses during the program are not covered and are the responsibility of the student.

Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

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elite scholars

The Tobacco and Volatiles Branch (TVB) of the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking a candidate for an ORISE (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education) fellowship appointment with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemistry or related field and experience in chemical and analytical laboratory work. This fellowship is a full-time appointment at CDC (Chamblee Campus) in Atlanta, Georgia. Placement will be in TVB’s Tobacco Exposure Biomarker (TEB) Laboratory, where human exposure to environmental toxicants is quantified using advanced analytical methods in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities ( The training involves activities such as sample preparation using automated equipment, analysis of samples by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, data processing and analysis using complex software and data evaluation procedures, and presentation of results. Additionally, the chosen candidates will gain experience developing and/or improving analytical methods to detect biomarkers of exposure in biological fluids (i.e., urine, blood). These activities will be performed in compliance with DLS policies and regulations, such as those outlined in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA).

The following skills are desired:

 Knowledge and skills in biological sample handling/processing, instrument operation, and data analysis

 Basic understanding of chromatography

 Promptly and effectively communicate instrumentation problems which may impact the work of others.

 Proficient at using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

 Develop presentations and/or written documents (technical reports and manuscripts) that are clearly written and/or audience appropriate with minimal change needed.

 Basic/intermediate knowledge of statistical analysis using JMP or SAS is desirable, but not required

 Consistently demonstrate a collegial and cooperative attitude when participating in group activities.

 Undergraduate laboratory research experience is desirable, but not required

Fellows are appointed for an initial one-year period, which may be renewed for up to five years. Fellows receive an annual stipend, which is determined by the Federal General Schedule Pay Table and adjusted for educational level and experience. This fellowship is administered by ORISE (visit for further information and eligibility). The degree must have been obtained within the last five years. In addition, Fellows are offered a standard Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance policy (no dental or vision) with a maximum stipend toward single coverage of $513 per month. Relocation expenses are not covered. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid. The initial application package should include a resume, copy of unofficial transcripts, and citizenship status. Please send the application package to Tiffany Seyler at

GSK offers intern and co-op opportunities across most divisions to undergraduates and graduates from a variety of academic backgrounds.

The program offers a unique opportunity to utilize, enhance and develop skills particular to your studies in a practical and engaging environment. GSK has partnered with Atrium, a talent solutions firm, in year-round recruitment for its intern and co-op program. New opportunities are constantly opening, so continue to check for roles posted. We encourage you to apply early to positions according to your qualifications. Best of luck in your search!

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Homeland Security Explosives Detection Research Opportunity

Explosives Detection Research Opportunity with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Laboratory.

We have a unique research opportunity for graduating students and post graduates with magnetic resonance spectroscopy experience. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to be part of an exclusive group of scientists to determine the feasibility of using nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) for fielded detection and for supporting test and evaluation of commercially developed NQR-based explosives detection systems.

Why should I apply?

Being selected for a research opportunity with the Transportation Security Laboratory offers the following benefits:

      Full-time one year appointment that may be extended contingent upon project needs and funding availability

      Competitive stipend for living and other expenses during the duration of the appointment

      Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DHS mission-relevant research areas

      Identification of career goals and opportunities

      Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts



      Be a U.S. citizen

      Have received or expect to complete all requirements for a Master’s or Doctorate degree in Chemistry, Solid State Physics, Electrical Engineering, or related field by the desired start date.

      Eligible disciplines include computer sciences, engineering, mathematics and statistics, other physical sciences, and physics.

How to Apply

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at 

Application deadline: Open until filled.


NMS Labs is interested in hiring Penn State chemistry students. View opportunities from NMS Labs!

Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University 

Dates: May 25 – July 31, 2020

(Please note that students must participate in the entire program)


Overview of Program

  • Ten-week mentored research experience
  • Weekly career development sessions
  • $5250 stipend and additional $750 meal allowance
  • On-campus housing provided
  • Round-trip transportation to West Lafayette, IN 


  • Undergraduate who has completed at least 4 semesters of college study
  • Students must have at least one semester of college remaining after the summer of 2020
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale  


  • Online application requiring a statement of career goals and interest in the program
  • Two faculty letters of recommendation 
  • Copy of transcript

Application deadline is February 7, 2020.

This position supports the development and commercialization of new and innovative dental products in the field of digital dentistry. The associate will conduct experiments, formulate new chemical compounds and determine mechanical and physical properties of prototypes / products. Work will be done under the direction of a senior scientist or senior chemist.



Bachelor's degree (B.S.) in Chemistry /Chemical Engineering/Physics/Biology or relevant fields from four-year College or University


  • Basic understanding of general and analytical chemistry
  • Prior hands-on laboratory work experience with wet chemistry
  • Experience with CAD/CAM design software is a plus
  • Must be able to understand detailed instructions on complex tasks, set up experiment and collect data as well as compile data into easily interpretable tables.
  • Must maintain concise and accurate records of activities in laboratory notebook.
  • Provide verbal and written reports of activities to senior chemist / scientist. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel will be utilized frequently.
  • Conduct literature / web based searches with guidance of supervisor to assist in designing experiments, developing test methods, and finding sources for experimental materials

Other Duties as Assigned

Location: Dentsply Sirona, Lab Division R&D, York, PA

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Restek would like to invite science and engineering based graduate and undergraduate students to submit abstracts for Restek’s Student Research Symposium. Accepted students will have the opportunity to present a poster showcasing their work as well as network with professional scientists, compete for awards, and explore the world of chromatography. Abstract submission deadline is March 1, 2020. For additional information, please contact Alexandria Bush at


A Cyberlinked Program in Computational Biomolecular Structure and Design

Interns in this geographically-distributed REU program participate in research using the Rosetta Commons software. The Rosetta Commons software suite includes algorithims for computational modeling and analysis of protein structures. It has enabled notable scientific advances in computational biology.

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The University of Maryland offers a transition program for a chemistry BS to a ChBE PhD. Learn more!

Are you a high school or college student looking for a life changing STEM experience? The US Army Educational Outreach Program ( AEOP) has summer and year-long paid apprenticeship opportunities for you in universities and Army labs across the country. All apprentices are paid a stipend which varies based on individual apprenticeships.

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Spend 10 weeks of your summer carrying out research in residence in our Chemistry Department. We use the term "Snapshots of Chemistry" to emphasize our focus on gaining insights on key chemical features of molecular processes via visual images. Research projects will cover a broad range of topics, spanning from femtosecond time-resolved observations of transient events to synthesis of novel drugs, development of nanostructures and catalysis in energy research, biochemical and structural investigations of proteins and nucleic acids, and theoretical investigations using advanced algorithm and state-of-the-art computer graphics and multimedia capabilities.


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Vertex Pharmaceuticals is recruiting interns. We have several projects planned in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry and/or medicinal chemistry. We are looking for Chemistry or Biochemistry sophomores, juniors or seniors with lab experience and an interest in the pharmaceutical industry, though we would consider any strong, motivated candidate. Vertex is situated in an attractive facility on the Boston waterfront, an exciting location to spend the summer. Any student interested in this opportunity can send their resume (pdf format) to:


- Only Chemistry or Biochemistry students will be considered.

- Students must be enrolled in an academic program in the fall of 2020 to qualify (any academic program is acceptable).

- Organic lab experience is strongly recommended.

- Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.