Off-Campus Opportunities

Coe's location in Cedar Rapids allows students the opportunity to explore careers which utilize chemistry in industry. Coe chemistry students have held internships or part-time jobs at:

  • Cargill — an international provider of food and agricultural products and services with 124,000 employees in 59 countries
  • Penford Products — a specialty starch manufacturer with research and development facilities here in Cedar Rapids
  • Rockwell-Collins — one of the largest manufactuers of avionics equipment in the world.
  • ADM — one of the worlds largest processors of corn, soybeans, and wheat
The "pickle" experiment.

Chemistry Club member Matt Bream prepares to demonstrate the "glowing pickle."

Students interested in health-related careers can take advantage of the proximity of Cedar Rapid's two hospitals, Mercy and St. Luke's, as well as literally dozens of medical offices with a 10-block radius of campus. A May Term course, Internships in Health and Science, offers opportunities for students to explore career opportunities.

There are also a number of possibilities for students to do research off-campus. The Oak Ridge Science Semester offers the opportunity to carry out research at a national laboratory during the fall semester of the junior or senior year. While Coe has its own Research Experience for Undergraduate site to which Coe students may apply there are also many other sites at research universities across the nation. You can search the sites for areas of interest, and begin applying midway through the fall semester.

Be sure to participate in the Chemistry Club, Coe's American Chemical Society student affiliate group. This group helps host speakers and organizes chemistry-related activities on- and off-campus. Recent events have included helping to host Science Fun Night, doing demonstrations at local elementary schools, participating in National Chemistry Week at Cedar Rapids' Science Station, and taking road trips to visit graduate schools.