Local students complete BASF summer internship

Published 12:02 am Saturday, August 27, 2022

GEISMAR – Robin Torres of Reserve and Bryce Rochelle of Norco, both students at Louisiana State University, were among 39 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.