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Hope Student Erik Johnsen Receives Competitive Summer Chemical Engineering Internship through SCI America

Hope College student Erik Johnsen of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, has been awarded an internship through the SCI Scholars Internship Program, the third Hope student in the past four years to be honored.

The SCI Scholars Summer Internship Program was created by The Society of Chemical Industry, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry.  Only about 30 of the internships are awarded annually.

The awards include support for a 10- to 12-week internship, a certificate and an additional $1,000.  Johnsen, who completed his junior year at Hope this spring, will be spending the summer working with Air Liquide USA LLC in Houston, Texas.

Johnsen is majoring in engineering with a chemical engineering emphasis and in chemistry, and is minoring in mathematics.  He has participated in collaborative research at the college, working during the spring semester with Dr. Matthew Smith, assistant professor of engineering.

The SCI Scholars Internship Program began in 2010.  The other Hope recipients were 2016 graduate Andrew Harrison in 2015, and 2017 graduate Emma Donahoe in 2016.

SCI America International Group promotes the application of science for the benefit of society.  SCI is dedicated to promoting fellowship, celebrating achievement, promoting public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspiring students to enter technical careers.

Founded in 1908, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers is a nonprofit organization providing leadership to the chemical engineering profession.  The institute has more than 60,000 members in more than 110 countries in industry, academia, and government.

Founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, the American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society, and has more than 150,000 members in more than 140 countries.  The society’s mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.