Thirty-nine undergraduate students complete summer internship program at BASF

Published 6:45 am Monday, August 22, 2022

GEISMAR, LA – Thirty-nine students from 13 universities and community colleges across the U.S. participated in paid summer internships at BASF’s site in Geismar, Louisiana.

Throughout the summer, the interns learned and interacted in experiential opportunities that allowed them to apply their academic knowledge to real-world situations. Beyond working on a range of projects, the students also focused on improving soft skills, including communication, leadership, teamwork, networking, and interview skills. Additionally, the group participated in several community projects, including volunteering at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Dreamnight, an annual event sponsored by BASF and held at the Greater Baton Rouge Zoo for pediatric cancer patients and their families. These opportunities allowed the interns to learn more about BASF’s focus on giving back to the community.

“Working with these bright young professionals is truly one of the highlights of our summer at BASF in Geismar,” said Jerry Lebold, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BASF’s Geismar site. “When these students spend their summer interning with us, they are gaining educational and professional experiences that give them an advantage when they graduate and pursue careers in the industry.”

BASF hosts interns who are majoring in the engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, industrial, computer, or chemical; environmental, health and safety; and process or instrumentation technology. Each intern is assigned responsibilities related to their chosen discipline. Employee mentors guide students through projects and provide them with counsel about career opportunities. Interns also meet with site leaders who share their career experiences in manufacturing and the importance of diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace.

Summer interns working at BASF in Geismar include:

Louisiana State University

  • Luke Anseman, Prairieville, LA, data science
  • Courtney Bourgeois, Prairieville, LA, mechanical engineering
  • Danielle Bryant, Shreveport, LA, chemical engineering
  • Seth Chiasson, Denham Springs, LA, mechanical engineering
  • Anthony Duong, Baton Rouge, LA, computer science
  • Tyler Faucheaux, Vacherie, LA, chemical engineering
  • Caliah Guillory, Ville Platte, LA, chemical engineering
  • Miguel Jasson, Holden, LA, mechanical engineering
  • Malik Martin, Carencro, LA, electrical engineering
  • Morgan Noel, Plaquemine, LA, chemical engineering
  • David Nguyen, Baton Rouge, LA, industrial engineering
  • Joshua Pforr, Baton Rouge, LA, chemical engineering
  • Jimmy Phan, Baton Rouge, LA, electrical engineering
  • Bryce Rochelle, Norco, LA, chemical engineering
  • Grace Salmon, Baton Rouge, LA, chemical engineering
  • D’Andre Taylor, Addis, LA, industrial engineering
  • Robin Torres, Reserve, LA, mechanical engineering

Louisiana Tech University

  • Stephen Bovia, Maurepas, LA, mechanical engineering
  • Hayden Cashat, Prairieville, LA, chemical engineering
  • Cle’ Sanchez, Gonzales, LA, mechanical engineering

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • Y Ho, Youngsville, LA, chemical engineering

Howard University

  • LaDelwyn Mealey, Zachary, LA, electrical engineering

 Southeastern University

  • Garrett Leeper, Gonzales, LA, occupational safety, health and environmental

Purdue University

  • Jakob Lieberman, Chatham, NJ, chemical engineering

Texas Agricultural & Mechanical University

  • Jonathan Guentzel, Prairieville, LA, mechanical engineering

The Ohio State University

  • Solomon Goodin, Columbus, OH, mechanical engineering

River Parishes Community College

  • Bailey Parr, St. Amant, LA, instrumentation and electrical technology
  • Malik Winey, Darrow, LA, instrumentation and electrical technology
  • Colin Woods, Baton Rouge, LA, process technology
  • Jannel Joseph, Baton Rouge, LA process technology
  • Joseph Pizzitolo, Thibodeaux, LA, process technology
  • Austin Bordelon, Ponchatoula, LA, process technology

ITI Technical College

  • Dionte Johnson, Baton Rouge, LA, instrument and control systems
  • Christal Bell, Baton Rouge, LA, ITI, process technology
  • Taylor Clotiaux, Geismar, LA, ITI, process technology
  • Patricia Street, Baton Rouge, LA , ITI, process technology
  • Christopher West, Baton Rouge, LA, process technology

Baton Rouge Community College

  • Jermaine Johnekins, Baton Rouge, LA, process technology

Nunez Community College

  • Thomas Ellis, Covington, LA, process technology

Remington College

  • Donald Cage, Sorrento, LA, process technology

The summer internship program at the Geismar site is part of BASF’s local workforce development efforts to attract and retain top, diverse talent.

Internships for engineering, process technology and instrumentation students typically take place in the summer, and the application period runs through the fall and early spring. Engineering students from any four-year university can apply, and process technology and instrumentation students from any two-year college can apply.

For more information about BASF in Louisiana, visit


About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,700 employees in North America and had sales of $25.9 billion in 2021. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at