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Virtual Summer Interns

  • 1.  Virtual Summer Interns

    Posted 04-30-2020 15:52
    ​My company is asking us to host our interns virtually, for at least a portion of the summer. Its good for the students to still have those opportunities but certainly a challenge for them to learn about the plant environment without being in the plant. Are your companies also considering virtual internships? If so, what ideas do you have to make this experience valuable?

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    Amanda Scalza
    Production Manager
    SC Johnson & Son, Inc.,
    Racine WI
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  • 2.  RE: Virtual Summer Interns

    Posted 05-01-2020 08:37
    Hi Amanda - you're right that virtual internships pose a challenge and lack the hands-on plant experience that often make them so valuable for students as well as companies. But in these unusual times, a virtual internship is a viable way to keep your recruitment pipeline active and still give students relevant, albeit somewhat incomplete, exposure to what an engineering job looks like. Finding the right role(s) is important. For example, data analysis, modeling and simulation, supply chain analytics, etc. work would allow students to engage with companies and ongoing projects without needing to be onsite. Likewise, adding training and development will help to prepare the students for what companies might need in their long-term employees. For example, RAPID's internship program is a virtual training and leadership development program that overlays onto a traditional (or virtual) internship experience where we provide training in process safety, leadership, and technology to help the student to become more well-rounded through their program. I hope that helps. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions: ashls@aiche.org.

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    Ashley Smith-Schoettker
    Director of Education & WFD
    AIChE
    Jersey City NJ
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  • 3.  RE: Virtual Summer Interns

    Posted 05-01-2020 09:29
    Have them take advantage of the CCPS online courses.  They are free for undergraduates, all they have to do is create a student profile.  They can earn certificates in process safety topics and your mentors can discuss the content with them as it applies to your company.

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    Steven Skarke PE
    Lecturer
    The University of Texas At San Antonio
    Boerne TX
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  • 4.  RE: Virtual Summer Interns

    Posted 05-02-2020 03:24
    Hello Sir,

    Hope you are doing well,
    Can you please share the link of CCPS online courses which are free for the undergraduate students.

    Best Regards. 


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    [Ahmed] [Amjad] [Undergraduate]
    [Student]
    [University of Karachi]
    [Karachi] [Pakistan]
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  • 5.  RE: Virtual Summer Interns

    Posted 05-02-2020 08:06
    Ahmed

    Here is a link to the safety certificate program that is free for student members. https://www.aiche.org/ccps/education/safety-and-chemical-engineering-education-sache-certificate-program
    These courses are also free to graduate student members, although graduate student membership in AIChE is not free (but much less expensive than regular membership).

    We require the majority of these courses within our undergraduate curriculum. Students submit their certificate of completion for each course to receive credit. These modules, and also the incident videos produced by the Chemical Safety Board (csb.gov) are useful tools for process safety education in chemical engineering programs. Occasionally specific U.S. regulations are mentioned, so you may want to supplement that portion by presenting parallel regulations in your location, but most of it would be relevant anywhere.


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    Valerie Young, Department Chair
    Ohio University
    Athens, OH United States
    (she/her)
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  • 6.  RE: Virtual Summer Interns

    Posted 28 days ago
    Ahmed, you can find information about the SACHE courses here:

    https://www.aiche.org/ccps/education/safety-and-chemical-engineering-education-sache-certificate-program

    You will need to join AICHE as a student member (free) and then you will have access to any of these at no cost.  I use some of these to supplement my process safety course.  It gives the students an added bonus to list on their resume.

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    Steven Skarke PE
    Lecturer
    The University of Texas At San Antonio
    Boerne TX
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  • 7.  RE: Virtual Summer Interns

    Posted 05-01-2020 10:19
    We sent our interns back as the COVID19 situation started to escalate and to my knowledge we are not offering internships this summer.

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    William Acevedo Lopez MEng,PEng
    Process Engineer
    Shell
    Alberta AB
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  • 8.  RE: Virtual Summer Interns

    Posted 28 days ago
    As a professor at NCSU - I am excited to see that this is happening... Our students need this opportunities to keep their own portfolios up to date and remain competitive for permanent positions.  CSG

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    Christine Grant [CHE]
    Associate Dean and Professor
    [NCSU]
    Raleigh NC
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  • 9.  RE: Virtual Summer Interns

    Posted 28 days ago
    This is great - our undergraduates need some unique options...

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    Christine Grant [CHE]
    Associate Dean and Professor
    [NCSU]
    Raleigh NC
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  • 10.  RE: Virtual Summer Interns

    Posted 27 days ago
    Thank you all for your insight. This was a great reminder for us to get creative and think of internships as an opportunity to build up students and potential future hires instead of extra hands do to the small projects that build up through the year.​

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    Amanda Scalza
    Production Manager
    SC Johnson & Son, Inc., 8310 16th St.
    Racine WI
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