Cooperative Internship in Chemistry

Cooperative Internship in Chemistry (CHEM 420)

The UofL Cooperative Internship in Chemistry is an individually arranged course combining work experience with related academic work in chemistry. Students gain valuable hands on and real job experience using the tools they have gained at UofL. In addition, it helps add experience to a student’s resume as well as aids them in finding out whether their intended career path is their best choice.

Students in the Cooperative Internship in Chemistry course will:

  1. Gain relevant work experience in the chemical industry or a related field by having the students demonstrate their experience by keeping a weekly journal of their work experiences.
  2. Learn safe and responsible workplace practices by learning to use workplace equipment (with supervision) safely and correctly and report on safety and equipment training.
  3. Develop their critical thinking, communication, and technical skills by preparing a midterm and final report of their workplace experiences.

Student Information

How to find locations

  • Cards Career Connection powered by Handshake is the platform UofL uses for opportunities and where local organizations will post their opportunities.
  • hosts opportunities all around the world for students.
  • Also, you can check the employers where you are interested in working? Many employers often have their own internship programs.

Cooperative Internship Tips

  • Set up an appointment with one of the career counselors at the UofL Career Development Center to help in creating or reviewing a cover letter/resume.
  • Check often for new opportunities on Handshake.
  • Dress for success for the interview.
  • Write a thank you letter after the interview. A quick thank you email/handwritten note may put you one step above other candidates.

Additional Information

UofL Career Development Center - Internships
Safe Job Hunting
Resumes & CVs
Cover Letters

Course Information

Written Report Rubric

Employer Information

Cards Career Connection powered by Handshake is the platform UofL uses for to post opportunities for Co-Ops/internships. You can find more information on the UofL Career Development Center’s webpage under Employer Engagement.


  • Interns are skilled and cost less than full-time employees.
  • Internships are a great way to build up future employees.
  • Interns bring fresh perspectives or enthusiasm to your company.
  • Hiring interns is a way to invest in local students, local Universities, and community.


  • Assign substantive, meaningful work.
  • Assign a mentor/supervisor.
  • Have clearly defined expectations.
  • Introduce them to key personnel.
  • Check in with them.
  • Have an exit process.

Course Information

Performance Evaluations

Helpful Articles

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Current Openings

US WorldMeds in Louisville - Students interested in the pharmaceutical industry (8.19.19)
ZEON - Pilot Plant Co-Op (7.18.19)

Job Search Tools

Internship/Career Websites

William F. Exstrom Library: Employer Research: Directories
- Louisville, KY job postings
ACS - Internships for Undergraduate Chemistry students
Career Builder
All Star Jobs
Mergent Intellect by FTSE Russell
City Internships

Professional Organizations

American Chemistry Society (ACS)
American Institute of Chemists (AIC)