Career and Study Opportunities

The following are opportunities to enhance a student’s degree in Chemical Engineering and include volunteer and paid experiences.

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

All paid positions within the CBE department are listed on the first page of the online application. Review the opportunities and apply. 

CBE Peer Mentor Positions

CBE Peer Mentors collaborate and lead the teaching of first-year and transfer/transitioning learning communities. This is a great opportunity where you will gain employability and leadership skills.

**We encourage all students who have completed one year at Iowa State and are interested in the peer mentor position to apply.**

For full consideration, applicants must submit an online application between January and early March for the learning communities offered in the Fall semester of the same calendar year.  

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

See more information about the transfer/ transitioning student peer mentor position.


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 various undergraduate courses and help shape students’ experience at Iowa State University. Tutors will assist in student learning and retention by facilitating 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, have an 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 students and faculty. Election of course and topic must be approved in advance by the 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

Looking for a fun, practical, and convenient way to improve public speaking and leadership skills? Consider becoming a CBE Ambassador!

Prospective students visiting the Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Department benefit from the knowledge and perspectives of our current undergraduate students. The Ambassador program is a paid student position for any CBE undergraduate student that meets the qualifications listed in the job description. 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 CBE Ambassador, you can expect to provide prospective students and their families with YOUR perspective of Iowa State and the Chemical Engineering major during visits. This sharing is primarily done through in-person guided tours of Sweeney Hall, and Ambassadors pair up to lead this experience. Finally, Ambassadors may be offered the opportunity to help with outreach campaigns to prospective students interested in the Chemical Engineering 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 paid position 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. 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 offers paid and volunteer positions for engineering students. Members of TEAM 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.