In March 2016, ACS announced the 2016 SCI Scholars, a group of 27 undergraduates who were selected from over 240 applications for paid industrial summer internships. What made these candidates so special? And what’s the big deal with SCI Scholars, anyway? Read on to find out.
What is the SCI Scholars program?
SCI Scholars is a summer internship program for high-performing
chemistry and chemical engineering students. It was developed
by the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) to encourage excellent students to consider careers in industry through internship experiences.
SCI member companies provide 10–12 week summer
internshipss. In addition to a salary and benefits, SCI Scholars
receive a certificate and a $1,000 grant to use toward professional
development or participation in a scientific meeting. And, of course,
they gain valuable workplace experiences and skills that benefit
them throughout their careers.
SCI Scholars also have the opportunity to recognize a high school
science teacher who helped them on their path. The teacher receives
a certificate and a $1,000 grant to support his or her classroom.
The SCI Scholars program is administered by ACS and co-spon-sored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
Who can apply to become an SCI Scholar?
SCI Scholars must meet the following minimum requirements:
• At least 3. 5 GPA
• Chemistry or chemical engineer major
• Current sophomore or junior
• US citizen or permanent resident
Applicants submit their transcripts, résumés, two letters of recommendation, and general contact information. The applicants also
submit statements of interest, both general and regarding specific
Unlike most internship programs, SCI Scholars applications are
reviewed by an independent panel of industry professionals and
faculty. The panel identifies the top candidates from all the exceptional applicants, and those superstar candidates receive the internship offers.
What does an SCI Scholar do?
SCI Scholars internships are full-time jobs that take place for 10-12
weeks over the summer. Duties vary by company and location, and
can range from writing procedures and developing process recommendations to testing equipment, protocols, and procedures.
Meet the 2016
BY BLAKE ARONSON
In addition to the prestige of the SCI Scholars program,
participants gain valuable insight into industry. They learn how
projects get funded, how to collaborate at a professional level,
how to manage their resources and time, and how to communicate with a broad range of people.
Visit www.facebook.com/SCIAmerica to see how the 2015
SCI Scholars spent their summers.
How do I apply for the SCI Scholars program?
Visit www.acs.org/sci to view a list of the available 2017
ACS Scholars internships, which will be posted in September
2016. The program will accept applications from October 1
to November 30, 2016, and internship offers will be made in
What if I can’t be an SCI Scholar?
SCI Scholars is a highly competitive program, so you may want
to explore other possible internships or experiential opportunities for a back-up plan. Here are some places to look:
database of internships, research opportunities, and more
click on “REU Search” to search for undergraduate
an internship database
an internship database
Blake Aronson is a Lead Education Associate in the ACS
Undergraduate Programs Office. In addition to SCI
Scholars, she supports an variety of programs for two-year colleges and undergraduate students.