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Innovations are our driver for growth


Set new standards in research and development.

As a global company BASF is already looking for the answers to tomorrow's questions today. Chemical innovations play a key role as they make a crucial contribution, above and beyond existing solutions and to virtually all industry sectors. We are continuously working on new products and solutions as well as on innovative technologies and modern production processes for a sustainable future. We are setting new standards with tailor-made solutions for our customers and securing our long-term business success.

We work globally in interdisciplinary teams. Our knowledge and competence centers consist of three central research platforms. Together with the development units of our corporate divisions, BASF New Business and BASF Venture Capital they form the core of our worldwide knowledge network. Across the world more than 10,600 employees work in different fields of expertise in around 70 sites in our research and development units. Intensive cooperations and partnerships with more than 600 excellent universities, research institutes and companies provide new impetus to our research.  

As a student you have the opportunity to learn more about our research and our company during an internship or your final year thesis. This experience will enable you to gain your first practical experiences in an international company. Your internship will expand your knowledge about BASF, our projects and the people who work with us. Please apply to one of our internship postings or send us your unsolicited application – we are already looking forward to meeting you!  

An internship is possible in one of the three global research areas. Choose between Advanced Materials & Systems Research, Process Research & Chemical Engineering and Bioscience Research. Your start will be "on the job" in a committed, competent team, under the guidance of an experienced employee. The topics offered for internships, Bachelor's or Master's theses are just as manifold as our research areas.  

During your internship you will be working on a specific research project such as:

  • Synthesis and development of new substances for crop protection, polymers, performance products or catalysts.
  • Development of new processes for the manufacture of base chemicals, intermediates, plastics or active substances.
  • Biocatalysis and biotechnological research for the manufacture of fine chemicals and plant science research
  • Research and development in agronomy.
  • Use and development of new analytical methods in analytics and polymer physics.  

By completing an internship in research at BASF you will gain insights into a globally operating company. Whilst with us you will learn from experts and lay the foundations for your professional career. You will create your own network within our interdisciplinary research community and benefit from personal mentoring by highly-skilled experts. Our experts are happy to give you an insight into their work and are always open to answer your questions.