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Leadership Development Program (LDP) Internship – PhD Summer 2021

Where the Chemistry Happens…

We are seeking highly motivated, upcoming university graduates who are willing and able to relocate and ready to take their careers to the next level. Our LDP internship is a precursor to our rotational program, which combine hands-on experience, both technically and strategically, with unparalleled networking opportunities designed to accelerate your career development at BASF.

Program Summary:

  • As a highly motivated graduate student, you will spend a summer working at a North American BASF site (options may included Wyandotte, MI, Tarrytown, NY, or Research Triangle Park, NC); A stipend will be provided to help support costs associated with temporarily relocating to one of our sites
  • Interns will work in various areas such as development, technical service, production support, technology specialist
  • This program is targeted toward traditionally under-represented groups in technical / R&D areas, including but not limited to: female students and students of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

We offer students the opportunity to spend a summer working at a North American BASF site within the U.S. These practical and meaningful assignments will give you an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in school during this 10 to 12-week program.

  • Enhanced career and leadership development, and value delivery to BASF through planned assignments
  • Development of your expertise and the ability to network at senior levels throughout BASF and establish mentoring relationships that could span across your whole career
  • The opportunity for consideration of future opportunities within the organization including the Fulltime PhD Leadership Development Program
  • Process:
    Candidates pre-selected for an interview will participate in a 45 minute virtual interview with two BASF representatives. Interviews may not begin until mid-October.

    To learn more about the full-time PhD LDP, please visit

    Qualifications – BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

    Formula for Success:

    • Current PhD students graduating between May 2022 – August 2023 and pursuing a doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biosciences, Material Science, or Polymer Science
    • Authorization to work in the U.S. now and in the future without restrictions or need for future sponsorship
    • Commitment to relocate anywhere in the U.S. (A relocation stipend will be provided)
    • Demonstrated academic achievement
    • Demonstrated leadership achievement
    • Outstanding work ethic and leadership potential
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Must submit letter of approval from advisor along with application
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