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Alternative Co-Ops and Internships for Students in COVID-19

  • 1.  Alternative Co-Ops and Internships for Students in COVID-19

    Posted 06-05-2020 02:34
    As our students finish up a semester unlike any other - they are working (or not working) using the social distancing limitations and travel restrictions.  There are unique work experiences that they will have this summer and in the next few years.  As an educator - I wonder what can we tell our students in terms of options for them regarding  the diverse elements of the chemical engineering profession?  How do we prepare our future engineers and industry leaders?

    Christine Grant [CHE]
    Associate Dean - College of Engineering and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Raleigh NC

  • 2.  RE: Alternative Co-Ops and Internships for Students in COVID-19

    Posted 30 days ago
    A valuable type of summer professional development is studying with organized Web resources.
    • AIChE has the respected Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SAChE) Certificate Program, where students can study and get certification.
    • MATLAB has lots of instructional videos built in, including its recent addition of analytics software. Want to use real-time camera data for a self-driving car or a lab robot? You could do it with these tools.
    • SAS is offering free online training and certification in analytics, too.
    • CodeAcademy is excellent for learning how to do serious, useful coding for free or cheap. For example, learning Python gives students a powerful tool for doing routine calculations and building additional tools like Jupyter notebooks.
    • Online learning provider Coursera has opened up its certificate programs to current undergraduate, graduate or recently graduated college and university students. Students with a verified school e-mail address can sign up for free access to more than 3,800 courses, 150 guided projects, 400 specializations and 11 professional certificates on the platform. Students must enroll before July 31, and you have until Sept. 30, 2020 to complete the programs.

    Phillip Westmoreland FAIChE
    Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    North Carolina State University
    Raleigh NC

  • 3.  RE: Alternative Co-Ops and Internships for Students in COVID-19

    Posted 28 days ago
    Thanks a lot - I will put this out there for folks on social media!!!  Christine

    Christine Grant [CHE]
    Associate Dean and Professor
    Raleigh NC
    North Carolina State University

  • 4.  RE: Alternative Co-Ops and Internships for Students in COVID-19

    Posted 27 days ago
    So many valuable resources!!!

    I am the academic advisor of our student org and I am also telling my students to complete training on LinkedIn Skills on Python, Leadership and Management, and Diversity and Inclusion.

    Christine, I will wait for your post and retweet!


    Sindia Rivera-Jimenez PhD
    Assistant Professor of Instruction
    University of Florida
    Gainesville FL

  • 5.  RE: Alternative Co-Ops and Internships for Students in COVID-19

    Posted 26 days ago
    Dear All, 

    I'am a graduate chemical engineer, with degree in B. Tech (chemical). What are the skills i need to enhance my knowledge which can help me in future industrial exposure. 

    Thank you
    Haider Siddiqui
    Chemical engineer

  • 6.  RE: Alternative Co-Ops and Internships for Students in COVID-19

    Posted 3 days ago
    These are great! Linked in learning for students, Khan academy also have many courses for free. Python is a great language to learn for engineers along with brushing up on VBA skills for use in Excel.  The process safety course is excellent and a great thing for students to do over the summer. In addition, there's an opportunity to work on improving your resume. What transferrable skills have you developed in your studies, your extracurricular activities, these can be added to your resume.

    It's also a great time to research companies that you might be interested in working for. Perhaps making linked in connections to find someone to learn more about their career.  Linked in profiles are a good way to see the variety of roles chemical engineers do.

    It's also a great time to learn something totally different, to paint, to play a musical instrument to learn a new sport. To learn about history to find what really enjoy and what motivates you. You can have fun with lots of free online psychometric tests e.g. 16 personalities, ennegram, crystal to name a few. For a small fee you can do Strength Finder 2 online test to learn about your strengths. The theory is that if you work with your strengths you will enjoy your work, and succeed rather than working on your weaknesses. It will help you to understand what type of job after graduation, you might want to select.

    This summer is different than any other summer that chemical engineering students have ever faced.  As a former recruiting manager, I know that our students from this year have build flexibility and resistance skills as they have had to adapt to so much change.

    Joan Cordiner FREng,FIChemE,CEng
    Professor of Process Engineering and External Engagement
    Sheffield University