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Technology Engineer Intern

May - August 2020 • Geismar, LA

What I liked

My direct manager and my mentor were excellent engineers and really helped me grow. They were an invaluable resource for me.

What I wish was different

I worked a hybrid schedule (working on site 1-2 days and from home the rest of the week) made it hard at times to finish projects.

Advice

Ask as many questions as possible! Try to have meaningful conversations and figure out what you want to do with your life and career (or what you don't want to do).
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Supply Chain Planning Intern

June - August 2020 • Florham Park, NJ

What I liked

I was able to learn a lot from this experience. My team did a great job of teaching me about all the business units in my division, and I was able to work on both operational and project based tasks. I got some good experience using different tools like SAP and PowerBI that allowed me to work on cross-functional teams and collaborate with others.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship could have been in person to get the full BASF experience, but due to the pandemic it was all virtual and we were online. I also dealt with a number of technical issues that prevented from getting as much done as I wanted to, but nonetheless it was a great experience.

Advice

Everyone at the company wants to help you learn, so feel free to reach out to people across the organization and make connections. I met a lot of cool people and got some great advice for my future career in supply chain.
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Lab Technician

May - August 2019 • Southfield, MI

What I liked

Being able to work with professionals along with other interns.

What I wish was different

More interns, there were only two other interns in the program I was a part of.

Advice

Go to any meeting that is open to you, by sitting and listening you can learn much more than you expect.
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Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Wyandotte, MI

What I liked

The people I worked with genuinely cared about my professional development and wanted me to learn and get the most of my experience while I was there. The people are this company's greatest asset.

What I wish was different

Because it was an operations type environment, my mentors were often quite busy so I wasn't always able to get questions in about my assignments.

Advice

Learn the culture as quickly as possible. Schedule 10 min meetings with as many people as you can, and come prepared with questions. This is a small enough time commitment that most people can commit to, but long enough that it will help give you direction if you come in prepared.
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Process Engineer Intern

May 2019 • Beaumont, TX

What I liked

I liked being able to get hands on experience and learn the meaning behind everyone's job title. I could see firsthand what everyone was working on and this allowed me to make the decision to want to start out as a process engineer.

What I wish was different

I wish that I would have gotten more hands on projects and worked more in the field. I also wish that I had taken more classes before getting my internship.

Advice

Always put all the effort you have into all of your projects and day-to-day activities. The hard work will be recognized and will pay off!
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Chemical Engineering Intern

May 2019 • Geismar, LA

What I liked

I've loved all my internships with BASF, but in this particular internship, I liked how I was point blank asked what I wanted to get out of the experience. My boss then worked with me to make sure that all of my assignments would help me reach that goal. My assignments gave me a clear picture of what a typical job for a chemical engineer fresh out of school would look like.

What I wish was different

More front end training on how to do my job. People had forget how much there is to learn that is not taught in school!

Advice

Ask Questions! Don't wait for projects to come to you
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Supply Chain Intern

January 2019 • Wyandotte, MI

What I liked

Room for growth, continuous improvement, multiple projects and how big and complex the company as a whole is.

What I wish was different

I wish they where more organized with the internship projects and when things started to slow down I wish I received work that helped develop my supply chain career.

Advice

Always ask if there is anything you can do and go to all the trainings and seminars you can. Also, if you are doing work you don't enjoy just do it anyways, it looks good on there side.
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Quality assurance

June - August 2019 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

The diversity and people!

What I wish was different

More of a designated project on the start date.

Advice

Make the best out of each day and keep a positive spirit!
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Electrical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Iselin, NJ

What I liked

Good experience and taught me a lot of stuff

What I wish was different

I wish they would’ve told me ahead of time that they are no longer hiring EEs

Advice

Always be ready to learn
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Field biology research intern

March - September 2019 • Beaver Crossing, NE

What I liked

The people who trained me were great to work with and it was very flexible.

What I wish was different

The rain made it difficult to get out in the field some days.

Advice

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Process Lab Co-op

May - August 2019 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I gained a lot of experience applying topics we learned in classes the previous semester. In particular, topics form our Material and Energy Balances class was applied to some of my main projects over the sumer.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been given more important work.

Advice

Don't be afraid to take initiative on co-op and look for work outside of what is assigned to you directly.
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Agricultural Production Engineer

January - August 2019 • Hannibal, MO

What I liked

It was a lot of fun and a great experience to see what an actual chemical plant was like. There were lots of opportunities to apply what I’ve learned in my classes

What I wish was different

I wish I had a little more freedom at work in order to accomplish and learn the most I could have. While there was a lot to do, there were some tasks that I was not able to take part in.

Advice

There are resources everywhere, and if you don’t know how to do something there is someone or something that can help you learn.
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Acetylentics Production Intern

May - August 2019 • Geismar, LA

What I liked

Good projects were given. Freedom was given to have an immersive experience, allowing me to learn as much as possible about the site and the company. I was treated as a respected employee. I was given resources (such as people and information) to help me succeed on my projects.

What I wish was different

More social activities.

Advice

Talk to people you work with and try to offer help. Especially if they help you.
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