Pete and Rosalie Johnson Internship Program

Pete and Rosalie Johnson established the Pete and Rosalie Johnson Undergraduate Internship Program to support undergraduates in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering. The Johnson Internship is available to any CBEE student who has successfully completed the first year CBEE courses CBEE 101 (or equivalent COE intro engineering course) and CBEE 102.

The Johnsons believe that work experience is necessary for students to become fully educated, and that it is within the structure of a formalized work experience that students meld technical knowledge with professional behavior resulting in professional efficacy. The typical university curriculum offers excellent technical and academic training, but little professional behavior development that is required to be immediately prepared for practice upon graduation. Universities depend upon internships and summer work experiences, both in institutional research and industrial environments, to supply this training.

Our students in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering compete nationally for summer internships and research experience for undergraduate (REU) programs. In order to be competitive for summer positions after the sophomore year of schooling, they need to have demonstrated mastery of skills not taught or practiced at other schools, and this is what is provided by the Johnson Internship in the summer following the students first year in the CBEE program, when it is difficult to obtain a meaningful engineering internship.

Qualifying Applicants: Any first year student in Chemical, Biological or Environmental Engineering (must have successfully completed CBEE 102).

More info: Program Requirements (PDF)

Application Materials

  1. Completed Current Year Johnson Internship Application (DOC)
  2. Resume, which must include:
    • high school information (school, year, GPA);
    • list of high school and OSU activities and leadership positions; and
    • employment history (employer name, dates, and brief description of duties).
  3. Essay on what excites you about the field of chemical engineering, bioengineering, or environmental engineering and how you see the Johnson Internship helping you to achieve your career goals (one page).

Application materials must be saved in one file as JohnsonInternship18_LastFirst (PDF or Word). 
Submit via email to no later than Friday, March 30, at 12:00 noon PDT.

Students will be notified by the end of the second week of spring term and will be required to attend weekly meetings Monday or Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the rest of Spring 2018.

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