Internship Requirements

Points of Entry into INVEST

Science students may apply through one of two specific points of entry:

  • Senior Research in Chemistry or Biochemistry
  • Student Internships in Forensic Science

In general, Science majors interested in senior research in chemistry or biochemistry or laboratory based internship opportunities with any of INVEST's chemistry or biochemistry based companies, must either major in Chemistry or Biochemistry, or have a rigorous chemistry and biochemistry background unless otherwise noted by the Director and Academic Liaison of INVEST. Applicants must be in excellent academic standing and be a good fit with the company's culture and needs.

All internship and senior research students are nominated by the department of chemistry and biochemistry. Application portfolios are then submitted to the company's Human Resources Department after final approval by Sage's Academic Liaison to INVEST. Final decisions regarding internships, research projects etc are made by the company.

Time Requirements

Generally requires a minimum of 8 hours per week in most cases with the specifics to be determined by the faculty advisor and/or mentor at the INVEST company.

Minimum of 1 academic semester for internship, 1 academic year for senior research

The internship/research project may include any or all of the following:

  • Synthetic methodology, data collection and analysis
  • Presentation(s) of research findings to the R&D, Engineering, Quality Control and Manufacturing groups as well as departmental presentations as required by the department of chemistry and physics.

The applicant should be familiar with laboratory safety and chemical handling practices, have a background in analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis and in performing standard chemical laboratory procedures have experience using/operating various types of analytical equipment and instrumentation, such as:

  • pH meters
  • FTIR
  • NMR
  • UV/Vis Spectrophotometers
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometer
  • HPLC
  • GC and GC-MS
  • be proficient with MS Excel and MS Word

Chemistry courses providing the appropriate background include:

  • Chemical Analysis (CHM205)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab (CHM201, 201L, 202, 202L)
  • Instrumental Analysis (CHM 302)
  • Biochemistry (CHM 303, 304)

Ideally an applicants background would also include both Physical Chemistry (CHM 305 and 306) and Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 404), which may be taken concurrently with the internship/research project.

A minimum GPA 3.2 in chemistry with 3.2 overall GPA is required of all applicants.

Supporting documentation will include an official transcript and three letters of recommendation from faculty, one being from the Academic Liaison to INVEST.