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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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Now accepting applications for: 

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.


The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) seeks inquisitive motivated undergraduates with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science, majoring in engineering, physics, applied mathematics, chemistry, biology, geology and related majors. 

Undergraduate college students contemplating a career in scientific research and development are encouraged to apply for a summer research internship in marine science and technology. This ten-week summer internship program offers qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world while earning a modest salary. In addition to their research, students will attend weekly seminars given by members of MPL faculty and scientific staff and others. 


Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled as 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate at a college or university. Senior year undergrads, former MPL interns and high school applicants are not eligible.

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2020 Merck Chemistry Intern and CO-OPs positions are now open! Come join a program that provides exemplary students with the opportunity to work on meaningful assignments and gain real world experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Duration is 3 or 6 months in length and is available to undergraduate or graduate students beginning in May 2020 with opportunities in Process, Analytical, Computational and Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Chemical Engineering, Biocatalysis and more!

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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.

Applications for PDP21 (August 2020 to May 2021) are now open and will close on Monday, January 6, 2020. Come and virtually meet the PDP's Executive Director, Dr. Keith Alexander, and a current student to learn more about our professional 9-month Master's program in Chemical Engineering. Graduates of the PDP almost exclusively choose to enter industry to embark on a professional or managerial career related to bringing new products and technologies into commercial reality.

  • Thrive in a close-knit community; Each cohort can only hold up to 50 students.
  • Guide your coursework by choosing one of the following industry specializations or get creative and create a hybrid:
    • Advanced Materials
    • Alternative Energy
    • Biotechnology (Drug Development or Medical Devices)
    • Consumer Products
    • Manufactured Products
    • Microelectronics
    • New Ventures
  • Instead of a thesis, get industry experience by participating in a field project during your Spring semester where you will work in small teams to solve a product development challenge for a real company. Past clients include: 
                 Amyris                             Applied Materials
                 Baxter                              Bayer
                 Bio-Rad                           Bolt Threads
                 Chevron                           Clorox
                 Clif Bar                            Corning
                 Dow Chemical                 Genentech
                 Givaudan                          Illumina                 
                 Lam Research                  LanzaTech
                 Pacific Gas & Electric     Siluria Tech                  
  • Our alumni have been hired at the following companies:
                  AbbVie                               Accenture
                  Apple                                 Applied Materials
                  Bloomberg                        Chevron
                  Deloitte                              Dow
                  DuPont                              ExxonMobil
                  Genentech                        Gilead Sciences
                  Google                              Hewlett-Packard
                  Intel                                   Merck
                  Micron Technology            Navigant
                  Proctor & Gamble             Rakuten
  • 100% of our students receive financial aid and a limited number of full tuition and fees scholarships are available.
  • GRE scores will automatically be waived for ALL University of California graduates and GRE score waivers are available for working professionals with 4+ years of relevant industry experience.        

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


This IU REU program offers summer fellowships to do world-class research in our chemistry department on the beautiful Bloomington campus.

Participants receive a summer stipend, travel and meal allowances, and on-campus housing.

Apply by Jan 31st, 2020

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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!

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.

Use your science, technology, engineering, or math degree to teach students in high-need middle or high schools in Pennsylvania!

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