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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

Summer 2018 - University of Alabama REU
Please note that there is a 2018 NSF Sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The focus is on Experimental and Computational Materials Research. See poster below and visit our website for complete program details. The program dates are May 20 to Jul 27, 2018. The application deadline is April 1, 2018, but you should consider getting your documentation in place early, including securing letters of recommendation from faculty. Decisions will be made no later than April 15, 2018. The research projects include, but are not limited to, electronic materials, nanomaterials, lasers and optical materials, biosensors, biophysics & biomaterials, computational materials, biomedical research and materials under pressure."
ACS Summer 2018 - SCI Internships
Exceptional sophomores and juniors majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering can apply for a prestigious SCI Scholars summer internship. Students are selected based on the strength of their application, statement of interest in an industrial internship, and letters of recommendation. Approximately 30 scholars will be chosen for internship positions in the summer of 2018.
Summer 2018 - NanoSAFE REU or REU Research in Chemistry, both at West Virginia University
NanoSAFE - The 2018 NSF-funded NanoSAFE REU at West Virginia University (May 21-July 27, 2018) centering on Design, Characterization, and Toxicity Assessment of Safe Advanced Performance Nanomaterials is now accepting applications from undergraduates. </b> Research in Chemistry - The 2018 NSF-funded Research in Chemistry at West Virginia University (May 20-July 27, 2018) is now accepting applications from undergraduates.
Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship - September 2017
An exciting fellowship opportunity for anyone interested in teaching.
Dow AgroSciences R & D 2018 Summer Intern Opprotunity
Dow AgroSciences is searching for the best and brightest students who are interested in R&D summer internship opportunities. These are full-time positions available from May until August at our headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. Qualified interns should be pursuing a BS or MS degree in biology, chemistry, informatics, or closely related majors. Interns will be part of a team responsible for the development of novel agricultural products. Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, teamwork and time management skills are essential. Foreign students are encouraged to apply, however, they MUST be attending a U.S. university or college as the school is the sponsor for them to work in the U.S. Contact Information To apply for an R&D internship at Dow AgroSciences, see the link below. Applications will be accepted between August 15 and November 1, 2017 for the 2018 summer program. Questions: FELNTRN@dow.com Do not send resumes to this address.
Covestro Commercial Rotational Development Program - June 2018
The Commercial Rotational Development Program is designed for new college graduates to work closely with experienced professionals during an 18 month program that entails site rotations in each of our 3 businesses: (1) Polyurethanes (PUR), (2) Polycarbonates (PCS), and (3) Coatings, Adhesives and Specialty Raw Materials (CAS) plus rotations in (1) Finance, (2) Supply Chain and (3) Procurement. In this role you will also gain an understanding of, and complete project work in functional areas of Product Management, Industrial Marketing, Commercial Operations, Sales, and Field Market Development. <><><><><><><><><><><> https://career.covestro.us/opencms/opencms/job/Production-Operator--0000010090.html
Covestro Technical Rotational Development Program - June 2018
Participants in Covestro’s Technical Development Program work closely with scientists and engineers during an 18 month program in which you will spend six (6) months in each of our 3 businesses—Polyurethanes (PUR); Polycarbonates (PCS); and Coating, Adhesive and specialty Raw Materials (CAS). During this time you will learn each business’ products, including their chemistry, applications, end uses, customer base and future business opportunities. Participants receive a competitive salary, eligibility for a short-term incentive bonus and a generous benefits offering. <><><><><><><><><><> https://career.covestro.us/opencms/opencms/job/Production-Operator--0000010090.html
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).
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.
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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