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A degree in chemistry enables students to follow career paths leading to a wide variety of jobs in academia, industry, government and public service.

The first steps in finding information about careers are two undergraduate courses offered to chemistry majors: First Year Seminar (PSU 016) and The Professional Chemist (CHEM 316). Both of these courses introduce students to the many opportunities open to chemistry majors. During the courses, students will meet speakers from a variety of fields and learn first hand about preparing for jobs.

In addition to course work, students can learn more about careers in chemistry by visiting the American Chemical Society Careers web site.

The Eberly College of Science Career and International Education Office offers information and advice about internships, cooperative education and international education. See their facebook page for information about specific events (Fall Career Days, Ed Abroad Fair, etc...) and opportunities for co-ops, internships, study abroad or international opportunities and the like.

 Students are also encouraged to use the resources of Penn State Career Services. This unit offers free advice on job searches, resume preparation and interviewing skills.

Job, Internship, & Research Opportunities

Sonneborn - 2017 Entry Level Chemist Position
With the end of the school year upon us, I wanted to make sure you knew that Sonneborn has full-time openings for entry-level Chemists (recent graduates up to 3 years’ experience). If you know of any good students looking in the Butler County area, we would love to get their resumes. Resumes can be sent directly to me at Thank you and have a great summer! Anita Orozco, PhD, SHRM-SCP | Director, Human Resources | Sonneborn | 100 Sonneborn Lane | Petrolia, PA 16050 | United States | t. 724.756.9327 | c. 724.602.6955 |
Johns Hopkins Employment Opportunities - Summer 2017
Summer 2017 Instructor or Teaching Assistant Employment Opportunities at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
University of Charleston School of Pharmacy - Summer 2017 Internship
The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy has two summer internships available for undergraduate students wishing to pursue a degree in pharmacy. This links to the job description and application. Please direct any questions to our Director of Student Affairs, Ms. Jamie Bero,
Execelon Corporation - February 2017
The energy company Excelon is seeking a number of chemists at the BS level.
Avon Corp Job Opportunity - January 2017
The Avon corporation is seeking candidates for a Development Chemist position (see below).
Alcon Laboratories, Inc. Co-Ops and Internships - Summer 2017
Alcon Laboratories, Inc. is seeking applicants for a variety of internships and Co-Ops for the summer of 2017.
Northwestern University - MRSEC REU - Summer 2017
The NU-MRSEC offers a 9-week summer research experience for undergraduates located near the city of Chicago. Students are paired with leading researchers in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics, and biomaterials. Participants are paid a $4,500 stipend and travel expenses and housing are provided. Program dates: June 19 -August 18, 2017 Applications Due: February 15, 2017
Syracuse - GAANN Fellowships - 2017
The Department of Chemistry at Syracuse University is pleased to offer several GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) fellowships. See the attached flyer to learn how to apply. For full consideration, all components of the GAANN fellowship application must be complete by March 1, 2017. Women and underrepresented minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
UMD Summer 2017 Transition Program CHEM B.S. to Chemical Engineering Ph.D.
UMD routinely admits chemistry majors into our Ph.D. program in chemical engineering and are starting a new and fully-funded program for graduates with a B.S. in chemistry who want a Ph.D. in chemical engineering to catch-up with coursework. This flyer explains the details of the program. In short, 1-2 students next summer will be fully-funded to take summer catch-up course work (tuition, stipend and benefits) so that they can start as Ph.D. student in the fall semester at the same level of others with B.S. degrees in chemical engineering.
WVU: Chemistry REU, Nano REU, & CESTA - Summer 2017
There are three summer research/creative Sites (Nanotechnology-NanoSAFE REU, Chemistry REU, and Community Engagement in Science Through Art (CESTA), described below) to be held at West Virginia University (WVU) in summer 2017. ************************************************************************************ Students from groups underrepresented within their disciplines (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities), veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and students from socioeconomically depressed regions (e.g., Appalachia) are especially encouraged to apply to these programs. ***************************************************************************************** Please be aware students must apply separately to each program.
2017 AMGEN Scholars Summer Research Program
The University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce the 2017 Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program. We welcome applications students. *************************************************************************************** This national program provides participants with the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research with a faculty member and his/her research team, communicate their project findings in poster and oral presentations, prepare for graduate school and the GRE, learn about scientific writing, network with faculty, community building with their peers through various social activities and receive a stipend, housing, meal allowance, and transportation to and from the Berkeley campus. **************************************************************************************** Program dates are May 29-August 4, 2017 and the application deadline is Wednesday, February 1, 2017. **************************************************************************************** For more information about the program, please visit the following sites: ************************************************************************************** UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Program Website at *********************************************************************************** National Amgen Scholars Program Website at
University of Delaware 2017 GOLEAD Weekend
We are inviting talented undergraduate students in their junior years to apply to attend the 2017 GOLEAD weekend on Friday, February 24 to Saturday, February 25 at the University of Delaware. Applications must be submitted no later than December 15, 2016.
ACS Summer Internship Program - Summer 2017
Applications are now being accepted for SCI Scholars, a summer internship program supported by Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers(AIChE). The application deadline is November 30, 2016.
Career Opportunities at Lord Corp. in Cary, NC
We’re hiring for 2 entry level R&D openings at LORD Corporation in Cary, NC. Chemistry, biology, polymer science majors or related fields. Candidates can apply online. They're looking to have someone start in the next month or two, so they would have to be already graduated.
Dow AgroSciences R&D Summer Intern Program -- 2017
R&D internships are available in chemistry, biology, and computer science related disciplines. Our laboratory-based Research and Development internships are located at our global headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is a paid internship; salaries are determined by the student’s year in school. Subsidized housing is available for qualified students. Eligible students will be pursuing a Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree from a U.S. based college or university with proper U.S. work authorization, or the ability to obtain work authorization through their university. Applications will be accepted between August 15 and November 1, 2016 for the 2017 program.
Qualtrics Job Opportunity
We are looking for graduating Chemistry students to join our Qualtrics University Team! We are a tech company and we hire Chemistry Students. Why? Because your degree has taught you how to solve complex, technical problems. This unique opportunity will allow you to gain valuable skills and set you up for long term success all while working for one of the most stable and fast growing tech companies in the world.
Brewer Science Inc. Job Opportunities
There are two open positions in the Analytical Department, for any recent graduates or soon-to-be-graduates who have experience in analytical chemistry.

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