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Hands-On Learning Opportunities

The FSHN-PPP offers either paid or for-credit opportunities for students across many disciplines at Illinois. Several of those opportunities are listed below. Applications are always welcome, but opportunities are limited. For a list of current student interns, please see here.


**Applications for these positions are now closed**

Paid Undergraduate Internships

The FSHN-PPP & IBRL continually host classes, conferences, faculty research, and industry projects in  the facilities throughout the year. A staff of student interns assist with these activities and gain experience working in the pilot plant and lab facilities performing a wide range of tasks including, but not limited to the below.

  • Equipment operation, maintenance, and installation
  • Facility operations including keeping inventory, cleaning and organizing, and performing safety reviews
  • Assisting faculty, graduate students, and industry representatives with their research projects

Students work closely with the facilities’ technical staff in a team-based environment, with varied projects depending on current activities. Tasks are typically assigned to students based on capability, interest, and time spent in the facility. Both facilities operate year-round, so preference is given to students who are able to work over typical break periods, particularly over Summer break where ISFP production occurs. A minimum of 10 hours per week (no greater than 20) is required during the semester, but more hours are typically available over break periods.

Applications from Freshmen through Juniors are accepted any time, but hiring is completed based upon facility needs. This is most often completed at the beginning of the the Spring and Fall semesters.

Undergraduate & Graduate Internships for Credit

Independent Study courses are available to students who are interested in receiving credit for their work in the Pilot Plant.

ABE 497 is available for undergraduate students and ABE 597 is available for graduate students. One (1) or two (2) credit hours can be taken for either course, but each student interested in credit must schedule a meeting to discuss expectations with Beth Conerty.

In general, students receiving course credit will be given ownership of a specific project for the duration of the semester. Students will also step in to assist with industry projects brought into either pilot plant facility in order to gain experience interacting with clients, running industry trials, and operating pilot-scale equipment.

For more information about receiving credit, feel free to email Beth Conerty at bconerty@illinois.edu.

Learning Assistants

This is a structured program for FSHN students in the Spring semester of their Sophomore year, and is dependent upon funding availability from their respective endowments.

Details on the Learning Assistant program are available here.