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Renewable Energy Group Intern, Chemical Engineer in Ames, Iowa

Our comprehensive,12-week paid internship programgives you the opportunity to test your skills working for the nation’s leading producer of cleaner fuels and developer of renewable chemicals. This internship will begin May 17, 2021 and end August 7, 2021. REG values our interns. Our hopes are to host you in person, but with the potential of being remote like we committed to in the summer of 2020.


The purpose of this position is to assist with a variety of chemistry and engineering duties with a focus on supporting the production of biodiesel fuel and related co-products.


Technical Support

  • Provide technical and engineering support to the biodiesel plants

  • Obtain equipment specifications and price quotations for new or replacement equipment as needed

Research Function

  • Perform background research on projects using journals and online tools such as SciFinder

Analysis Function

  • Perform process engineering and design work on plant improvement projects

  • Perform analysis on potential plant process optimizations and lead projects to implement improvements

  • Conduct analyses and experiments to identify opportunities for improving or economizing operations without sacrificing product quality

  • Recommend changes to improve efficiencies

Laboratory Functions

  • Evaluate and ensure safety procedures are being followed in laboratory and plant operations and encourage others to do the same

  • Use laboratory equipment and computer systems to set up tests, enter data, design models to simulate physical processes and to process test results

Other frequent duties:

  • Maintain laboratory equipment in good working condition

  • Interact with various internal departments including sales, finance, logistics, quality and others to provide technical support and knowledge

Perform other duties as assigned


Education Required: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree – Chemical/Biological Engineering with lab experience required or related degree

**Senior or Junior status required

Experience Required: Laboratory experience required

**Relevant courses, club participation and internship preferred

Skills Required:

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Visio)

Basic accounting skills

Advanced math skills

Special skills or knowledge preferred:

Ability to give detailed instructions

Process simulations

Process data historians

Project Management

Biodiesel production or related processes

REG is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status.