A lot of people have this misconception that there is not much career scope for chemical engineers. But it is far from being true. The Indian research market is evolving and there is a lot of demand off-late for research interns in different areas including chemistry.
Of course, there won’t be too many ‘corporate internships’ for chemical engineering students. But then chemistry is a research area and it makes sense for chemical engineers to work in a research internship or industrial training. Let us have a look at some of the top companies where chemical engineers can work as an intern.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)
Headquartered in Delhi, BPCL is a government of India controlled oil and gas company. It is the 2nd largest downstream oil company with the coveted Maharatna status. BPCL operates two large refineries located in Kochi and Mumbai along with small refineries at Bina and Numaligarh. BPCL also has various offices in different across India. You can apply for an internship at BPCL through your college Training and Placement Cell
Intern Insight: The work culture and environment at BPCL is-positive, competitive and promotes learning. It is more like an industrial training where you will learn to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge. The most important thing you will learn here is regarding the rules and safety precautions of the chemical industry. The industrial training at BPCL is surely a very beneficial experience that will help you in the future. And yes, the canteen at BPCL serves some delicious food.
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is the largest private sector oil and gas company in India. With unprecedented growth of nearly 1000% over the past decade, RIL has spread its services from oil and gas to refining and marketing, to petrochemicals and retail and special economic zones. An internship with RIL is like being a part of RIL’s vision of ambition and growth and of course the brand of Reliance.
Intern Insight: Reliance Industries Limited provides a wonderful platform to gain knowledge regarding such a large industry. The mentors at RIL are very motivating and give you the freedom to explore and do anything. RIL provides you with good quality accommodation in the township. The township comes with some amazing amenities including swimming pool, gym, football, and cricket field. The working hours are fixed and there is hardly any work pressure. The interns also get free transportation to and fro from the site. What else can an intern as for?
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
India has a total of 20 oil refineries, of which Indian Oil owns 10. It shows the size and the hold IOCL has on the Indian market. The company has 71% of India's downstream pipeline throughput capacity and refines 67.7 million metric tons of oil per year which is 34% of India’s total refining capacity. Getting an internship at such a brand can be the dream come true for any chemical engineer.
Intern Insight: Most interns working here are through referrals. However, IOCL goes for campus placement in some top companies too. The best thing about interning at IOCL is that working hours are fixed. Your evenings are free and you can do whatever you want. The perks are good and a lot of interns are offered pre-placement offer which motivates you to do better. The only drawback is that most of the refineries are located in the outskirts and away from downtown.
Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
ONGC is the largest Energy and Power company in India with manpower of over 33500 people across India. The company is dedicated to the common cause of Energy Security of India and is home to some of the brightest minds in the country. An internship here can just be the turning point of career for anyone.
Intern Insight: Oil and Natural Gas