Four college students gained hands-on experience by interning for two months at chemical company BASF's Suffolk site this summer.
Suffolk native and Lakeland High School graduate Matthew Bradshaw worked in the production development laboratory at the site, testing ingredients for water filtration polymer, according to a news release.
Two years ago, he was selected for BASF’s annual Science Academy in New Jersey. A chemical engineering major, Bradshaw is entering his sophomore year at the University of Virginia. He is the first Science Academy graduate to intern at the Suffolk site.
Edward Nguyen’s biggest summer project was a pressurized seal survey of pumps where he saw how proper maintenance could save tens of thousands of dollars. Nguyen, who is majoring in mechanical engineering, will be a senior at the University of Virginia this fall.
For Kaylie Naghshpour, the internship gave a more complete understanding of the chemical concept of viscosity, which will be useful in her sophomore year as a chemical engineering major at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
University of Virginia chemical engineering major Cody Anderson, who will be a senior this fall, also took part in the internship program. Three of the four interns came to the site through its partnership with the Virginia Commonwealth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Industry Internship Program (CSIIP).
“The interns work on real projects that contribute to our company,” Site Director Patrick Hochstrasser said in a news release. “The program also helps position us for the future because it builds a pipeline of talented students who understand BASF and may be interested in joining our company after completing their education.”
New Jersey-based BASF Corp. is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has 17,000 employees in North America with sales of $19.3 billion last year.