Every summer, students from colleges and universities across the country apply for Battelle's summer internship program. After a rigorous application process, students accepted into the program have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from Battelle experts, an experience that helps them gain relevant, hands-on experience and shapes their studies and future career plans.
At Battelle, interns are much more than your average coffee retriever and paperwork sorter. They are placed on the front lines of our cutting-edge research and development, helping contribute time, expertise and effort in solving the world's greatest problems. This year's interns were placed across several departments, including health, analytics, chemical demilitarization, finance and marketing and communications.
Battelle's summer internship program lasts 10 to 12 weeks, however several interns began their role in January as a co-op. A co-op is a student pursuing a degree who works full-time during the school year in exchange for college credit.
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At the end of July, interns gathered at Battelle's Columbus, Ohio headquarters to showcase their major projects and accomplishments at the annual Intern Poster Session. Here is what some of them had to say about the program.
Noah Mun, a University of Maryland student studying computer engineering and an intern in the Cyber business line, was surprised by the autonomy he was given as an intern. "Battelle gave me the freedom to determine how to approach solving an identified problem. This allowed me to carry out my own research about a topic that interested me, while simultaneously finding a viable solution," said Noah.
Alex Vore, a student at West Virginia University studying environmental and energy resources management, who is interning in the Environment, Safety & Health department, agreed.
"The most valuable aspect of this program is the exposure to the industry. I've visited both the King Avenue and West Jefferson campuses, joined an EPA audit, and met with scientists, contractors and even Battelle's CEO—all while working on rewarding and relevant projects,” said Alex.
A student at Otterbein University majoring in environmental science and sustainability studies and an intern in the Environment & Infrastructure business unit, Ange Leone’s internship experience is helping to inform her senior project. She also credits the internship program with providing hands-on experience in research and data management.
“Battelle is involved in a wide range of projects including site remediation, energy, sustainability and education, all of which I’m interested in. Because of this, I knew I would be able to explore multiple areas within my area of study and my interests,” said Ange.