Internships are typically secured at either the Fall Career Expo or Spring Career Connections events, though students are encouraged to send their resumes to any of the companies listed on this website or in response to a posted advertisement to fill a position. CHME will post any information receive concerning employment and/or internships on this site.
CHME 391 – Industrial Employment
CHME 391 is a Chemical Engineering Elective that can be taken as a 1- or 2-credit hour class while you are away from campus on a co-op or internship work assignment.
During the semester which you are interning with an engineering employer, you may enroll (subject to department head approval) in a total of 3 credit hours (over two work sessions) of CHME 391 to fulfill one of the Chemical Engineering elective requirements of the BSCHE.
If you enroll in this course, your requirement for grade at the conclusion of the semester will be to prepare a written summary of your internship experience, detailing your assignments and outcomes during the period of employment, and to complete an exit interview with the department head (telephone interview can be arranged if you cannot not return to campus before final grades are due).
See the syllabus for this course on the CHME website.
Student Responsibilities when leaving for a Co-op/Internship:
- Report your internship to Career Services:
- Report your internship to NMSU Scholarship Office or your Financial Aid Advisor.
- Complete the CHME Internship Survey described below
In May 2014, a company just north of Austin, Texas wishing to hire a CHME student for an internship asked the CHME department head what a competitive hourly wage for a CHME intern/co-op would be. He did not know and decided that should be corrected (with the help of NMSU CHME interns and co-ops).
CHME created a survey to collect data about CHME internship pay rates. Survey averages will be posted here so CHME students know how the pay rate they’ve been offered measures up with others.
Your name is requested in the surgery in the event the CHME Department Head wishes to follow-up on some of your input, but your data will not be associated with your name in any public forum.
Your honest input is an essential part of the continuous improvement program of the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering.
|max rate ($/hr)||30||41||42.60||40.00|
|avg rate ($/hr)||22.48||28.60||23.44||27.15|
|min rate ($/hr)||10||18||12.50||10.00|
|Companies||Sandia National Laboratories|
Los Alamos National Lab
New Mexico Department of Agriculture Petroleum lab
HollyFrontier Navajo Refinery
Booz Allen Hamilton
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (2)
Archer Daniels Midland
Los Alamos National Laboratory
U of MN MRSEC
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dow Chemical Company
Department of Energy
Yates Petroleum Corporation
ChevronPhillips Chemical Company
Mount Franklin Foods
Roughly half of students reported indicated they received paid or greatly reduced living expenses as well as travel/relocation reimbursement.
CHME 391 Reports
- HollyFrontier Navajo Refining
Tristan Rheay, summer 2019
CHME 391 19-01
- Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Jessie Privett, summer 2017
CHME 391 17-02
Leah Wofford, summer 2017
CHME 391 17-01
Jessica Miller, summer 2016
CHME 391 16-03
Adam Navarro, summer 2016
CHME 391 16-02
Joshua Gomez, summer 2016
CHME 391 16-01
Jaime Velasquez, Summer 2015
CHME 391 15-02
Jessica Miller, Spring 2015
CHME 391 15-01
Jose Pena, Fall 2014
CHME 391 14-04 1
- Ethicon Endo-Surgery (Johnson & Johnson)
Adam Navarro, Summer 2014
CHME 391 14-02 1
Caitlyn Roy, Summer 2014
CHME 391 14-02 2
Jaime Velasquez, Summer 2014
CHME 391 14-2 3
- Mosaic Company
Kaylin Beeman, Fall 2013
CHME 391 13-01