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We are designing tomorrow's world


Drive forward your career as an engineer at BASF.

BASF has a vast network of state-of-the-art production plants, research facilities and administration buildings around the world, with many more under construction or in planning. Building, maintaining and optimizing these resources is no easy task. It requires a huge interdisciplinary global team of engineers of all specialties, backgrounds and experience levels working closely together to ensure the sustainability and safety of our operations as well as the quality, cost efficiency and reliability of our products.

At BASF you will benefit from cross-departmental, global cooperation that opens up new, fascinating areas of work - with the opportunities offered by key advantages such as a large investment in innovation projects and a variety of collaborations with leading universities and industrial partners.


Are you studying process engineering, chemical or bio-engineering and are looking for an internship or a subject for your thesis?

In research and development you will work on developing new or improving existing production processes. Especially in research, we offer you freedom for your own creative ideas.

In engineering you will support us in plant construction projects. You will get to know the project team and other specialist departments. You will take on independent tasks which depend upon upon your area of activity.

In research and development we are looking for team players who have completed 90 credits of their Bachelor's degrees or are studying for a Master's in chemical/process engineering. You have a basic knowledge about one of the following areas: polymer technology, reaction technology, chemical process technology or thermal process technology/thermodynamics.

For engineering, you are at the right place if you have completed the first year of your engineering Bachelor's and have at least 90 credits. Or you are working for your Master's in chemical engineering or process technology.

You have a high level of creativity and have excellent communication skills in German and English. Working in international teams has become a matter of course for you.

Interns work in the following areas in research and development: technical development, process development or application technology. During the internship you will work on topics highly relevant to currently important projects. You will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge to practical applications. As a Master's student your work will be a valuable contribution to a larger project and you can gather experience for a possible future career in the industry.

Future chemical engineers mostly complete internships and theses in area of plant construction - here mainly in process technology or plant planning - or, depending on their area of focus, also in the specialist center for automation technology.

As an intern in research and development we support you in the following tasks:

  • Scientific work on a research project
  • Collaboration in interdisciplinary, often multicultural teams at BASF with chemists, business economists, physicists and biologists
  • Registering patents

In engineering you can contribute your knowledge to the following activities:

  • Working on an investment project for constructing a chemical plant
  • Producing plant concepts for new construction and expansion measures
  • Producing process models based on materials and operating data using the most up-to-date simulation tools

Interns also frequently have their own tasks on which they work independently.

BASF offers a wide range of support options, accompanying information events, networking meetings and other events. Take the opportunity to make valuable contacts that will offer you the chance to take part in other internships or write your thesis during the rest of your course. You have the opportunity to get to know different departments at BASF to round off your experience.


After graduating, you can start as a trainee in our BASF Grow Graduate ProgramTM and gain insight into the various fields of activity in the individual departments. Your roles and subsequent target position will be agreed with you individually, based on mutual interest. This ensures you the best possible career start after your degree!

Even directly after completing your degree you can join our community in one of our entry-level positions. Simply apply to one of our job postings by click here.

You have successfully completed your degree and if you have already gained practical experience via internships will be a plus. You have mastered working in both Chinese and English. As a globally operating company we depend on your strong intercultural skills. You are highly motivated to drive things forward and enjoy working in a team, with the ability to think entrepreneurially and communicate persuasively round off your profile.

As a Grow Trainee, you would experience various positions within the company to lay a solid foundation for career development in the 24-month job rotation. The trainees will interact with colleagues or customers from different countries with diverse cultural backgrounds, even more, they will have opportunities to participate in international projects or join in short-term programs overseas.

For all entry-level positions, you can expect demanding tasks with a high level of personal responsibility. You will also receive on-the-job training in a committed, competent team.