BYU Chemistry Capstone Project: On-Campus Internships
Posted: Oct 17, 2016
At Brigham Young University we strive to ensure that our students receive the best and most state-of-the-art education possible. In order to succeed in industrial careers, students need to understand how their skills fit into a team effort that uses chemistry to solve commercially valuable problems. Internships at companies are a great way to learn these skills, but these experiences can be difficult to integrate into a program of study. "Our solution is that instead of sending an intern to your office, we assemble teams of bright eager students who work on our campus. These on-campus interns tackle the back-burner projects you would love to do, but that don’t fit your current schedules or resources," says Dr. JC Price. The goal of the Capstone Program is to reduce the activation barrier for an internship for both the industry sponsor and the student.
On-campus internships are available through the Chemistry Capstone Project. To participate, enroll in CHEM 496R. . The Capstone class will be divided into multiple teams, composed of 4-5 students and a TA. Each team will tackle a real world problem, proposed by a company that is looking for talented chemists. The BYU Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has sponsors in the healthcare, chemistry, and personal care products industries proposing projects. Even if students don't end up working at these companies, they have a important view into one of the roles of an industrial chemist. They make important networking contacts with people who can point them towards other job opportunities, and the have relevant work experience for their resume. To learn more, contact the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, C-100 BNSN.
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Writer: Taelin Wilford