Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship grant
The grant application period for organizations seeking to host the Internship this summer (2021) is closed. The MPCA is in the process of evaluating the applications received.
Intern candidate application materials
To assist the organization which is awarded the Internship grant, the MPCA is now taking applications from intern candidates. In general, candidates should:
- Be a current graduate student OR recent graduate with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering or a related field;
- Ideally, have experience with one or more of organic chemistry, catalysis chemistry, or environmental chemistry;
- Be eligible to receive payment for work in the United States during the summer term (citizens, residents, non-residents with applicable visas).
If you fit these criteria, we suggest you read the Background section below, check out past projects, and perhaps also look at the host organization application materials linked below. Then fill out the following Intern application form.
Submit the form and other documents requested as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will forward applications to the grant awardee until the position is filled. The MPCA does not play a role in which intern candidate the awardee hires.
Host site application materials
MPCA solicited project proposals from host organizations for a Green Chemistry & Engineering internship at a Minnesota facility in summer 2021.
This document describes the Green Chemistry & Engineering Internship grant, including information on who may apply for funding, match requirements, goals and objectives of the project, the criteria for selection, activities eligible for funding, and other information that will help applicants plan their project and submit a competitive application. Applications are due no later than 2:00 PM Central Time on April 16, 2021.
Through these grants, both the host organization and an intern gain experience in advancing the practice of green chemistry and engineering, applied to one or more products or components in any way that supports improved, safer product chemistry.
Grant projects may include work like this:
- Life cycle comparison of candidate materials
- Support safety and/or performance testing of alternative materials or designs
- Work with design, manufacturing, and cross-functional teams to assess the supply and cost of new materials
- Catalog supplier safety data sheets and certifications as part of green/sustainable purchasing initiatives
- Update inventories of chemical regulations and support audits of internal and supply chain compliance
- Learn and perform hazard and alternatives assessment processes
- Support sales and marketing of reformulated products
MPCA staff work with partners across North America to recruit students or recent graduates from scientific/technical programs at universities and colleges, creating a pool of candidates from which the company awarded a grant may select for interviews and an eventual offer for their position. Organizations may also recruit independently. The intern works with a mentor within the organization for 10-12 weeks during the summer—or beyond that, if the host and intern agree.
The 2020 internship supported St. Paul-based host company Sasya in further developing fermentation biocatalysts that convert feedstocks into nutritional supplements which are in high demand in agriculture.
MPCA awarded the 2019 Green Chemistry & Engineering Summer Internship Grant to Healthy Building Network for a project expanding their Pharos and Data Commons tools.
MPCA awarded the 2018 Green Chemistry & Engineering Summer Internship Grant to remooble, a 2017 start-up company based in Maple Grove that develops safe and effective paint, ink and adhesive removers for retail sale.
MPCA awarded a $9,500 grant to Ecolab to support a green chemistry and engineering intern project at the company’s Eagan facility in 2017.