Career and Study Opportunities

The following are opportunities to enhance a students degree in Chemical Engineering and including experiences that are paid and unpaid.

— Engineering Career Services — Information about seminars, panels, internships, career fairs and more in the College of Engineering can be found on the Engineering Career Services page. Check it often for schedules and updates:

CBE Student Employment Applications

Here is a link to a list of paid positions within the CBE department and well as the application to apply for the positions.

CBE Peer Mentor Positions for Spring 2021 Semester

CBE will be hiring 14 peer mentors for the first-year learning community and two peer mentors for the transfer student learning community.  This is a great opportunity where you will gain employability and leadership skills.

We are excited to continue the international student section within the first-year learning communities along with a transfer student section of the Chemical Engineering Learning Community.

**We encourage all students who are interested in the peer mentor position to apply.**

For full consideration, applicants must submit an online application.  Your application includes:

  • Completed online form by March 19th, 5:00 p.m.
  • Current resume
  • Contact information of one professional reference, preferably an ISU faculty/staff member.  This reference cannot be one of the CBE academic advisors or current CBE peer mentors. Your reference will be contacted following interviews in Spring 2021.

See more information about the first-year student and international student peer mentor position.

  • 14 positions available

See more information about the transfer student peer mentor position.

  • Two positions available


Tutoring Services seeks tutors who are motivated to help their peers be successful by learning how to learn. Tutors provide peer academic support to students in a variety of undergraduate courses and help shape students’ experience at Iowa State University. Tutors will assist in student learning and retention through facilitation of small group tutoring sessions that help students better understand concepts and applications of course content. To be a tutor, you must be a current undergraduate student at Iowa State, a ISU cumulative GPA of 2.5, and earn a grade of B or higher in course(s) you want to tutor taken here at Iowa State. Here is more information about becoming a tutor.


Undergraduate research and creative expression is defined as student engagement in scholarship (e.g., research or creative project), which is supervised by faculty or appropriate academic professionals and which leads to systematic discovery, application of knowledge, or product of creative expression. This work may support other professional research, or may itself be made public and subject to scholarly response. Getting involved in research provides students a valuable opportunity to learn more about their field of study and make a difference in today’s world. For researchers with National Science Foundation (NSF) grant funding, adding an REU supplemental grant is a great way to obtain funding to support the inclusion of undergraduate students in your research project. Students are encouraged to discuss these opportunities with their faculty mentor. Here is more information and an application for the REU’s.

CH E 490 

Chemical Engineering students can gain experience in research with a faculty mentor through independent research.

Investigating topics of special interest to student and faculty. Election of course and topic must be approved in advance by Department with completion of Study Proposal. No more than 6 credits of ChE 490 may be counted towards technical electives. Here is more information about CH E 490.

ChE Ambassador

Prospective students visiting the Chemical Engineering Department, whether in-person or virtually, benefit from the knowledge and perspectives of our current ChE students.  The Ambassador program is a volunteer opportunity for any ChE student in at least their second year in the program.  It centers around the 1:10 – 2:00 pm weekday meeting time period when prospective student visit times are available with one of the department’s academic advisors.  

As a ChE Ambassador, you can expect to provide prospective students and their families with YOUR perspective of Iowa State and the ChE major during virtual visits.  When in-person guided tours of Sweeney Hall become an option again, Ambassadors pair up and lead this experience.  Finally, Ambassadors are the first to help initiate new outreach campaigns to prospective students interested in the ChE major and the College of Engineering.  

All Ambassador roles are built around your class schedule, with training provided and collaboration promoted.   

There is a rolling application for students to express interest in becoming Ambassadors.  Please email if you have questions.


STARS (Student Admissions Representative) – is an exciting volunteer student organization that works within the Office of Admissions. The STARS work to present a positive, realistic student view of Iowa State University to prospective students and parents. The organization’s members are selected through an interactive interview process and if selected take part in a high energy, fast pace environment that allows them to showcase their talents, communication skills, and love of Iowa State. Here is more information about STAR and the application.


TEAM is The Engineering Ambassador and Mentor Program. Engineering students volunteer their time to organize campus tours and other events for potential students, visitors, and employers to showcase the College of Engineering and Iowa State University. Here is more information about TEAM.