PTD Intern

Stepan Company Elwood , IL 60421

Posted 1 week ago

Summer intern will participate in developing new technologies and formulations within the process technology department to maintain Stepan's leadership position in sulfonated products. Instruction and supervision will be provided with tasks being a mix of directed and independent activity.

Success on the project will require learning current processes and collaboration with R&D Engineers and Chemists to identify new manufacturing methods for a current commercial product. Attention to detail is important in terms of sample handling, preparation for and execution of the trials and tests. The position is hands-on, requiring safe handling of chemicals, pilot scale manufacturing equipment, and specimen preparation.

The first week of employment will involve safety and technical training necessary to perform the required job functions. The summer intern will become familiar with various aspects of Stepan's chemistry and processes for surfactant production.

The intern will be working with pilot scale manufacturing equipment as well as analytical tools such as potentiometric or visual titrators and conductivity meters. The intern will gain viable industrial and research experience that will help them in their academic pursuits as well as their future employment. The intern will learn practical analytical skills, research knowledge and project management skills.

It is our hope that this experience will fully engage the intern and promote their interest in engineering. Each intern will be asked to do a presentation at the end of their employ highlighting what they learned as well as their suggestions for improving work practices.


  • A successful candidate will be a current student at an Accredited College or University in a related Science field; having completed basic chemistry and ideally some advanced engineering and chemistry courses

  • Ability to work independently after receiving direction from other R&D personnel.

  • The work will be conducted at Stepan's pilot plant in Elwood, Illinois. The workweek is Monday through Friday during the summer with standard work hours. Minor travel outside of the Elwood facility is expected.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk or stand for long periods of time.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. The intern should be familiar with basic chemical concepts, laboratory safety and working knowledge of using a personal computer. Thorough documentation of lab work and results in lab notebooks is required.

Gathering data from product testing and analyzing results. Interpret and communicate test results verbally, and in Word, Excel and/or PowerPoint documents

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PTD Intern

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