Chemical and mechanical engineering students from across the country are in Ascension Parish this summer interning with BASF at its Geismar site.

Selected from universities across the country, 22 interns are applying their technical and professional skills and knowledge to real-world situations while participating in engineering projects at BASF’s largest manufacturing facility in North America, a news release said.

“Because of BASF’s growth and investment in North America, specifically the Gulf Coast region, we have a strong need to retain and grow our highly-skilled, technical workforce,” said Senior Vice President and Geismar plant manager Tom Yura in a news release. “Our internship program helps us attract potential employees and give them the opportunity to grow their skills while learning more about BASF in the process.”

In addition to day-to-day responsibilities, interns also have the opportunity to participate in BASF’s community activities through volunteering.

The group recently completed a project with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge where they repaired a home for a local family.

“I really love working at BASF because I get to meet different people and work on a variety of projects, while also giving back to the community,” said Laura Iverson, a senior civil engineering major at LSU. “The group of us came together for a day with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge. It was great to see how we can make a difference in so many ways through BASF.”

Taking part in the program are London Hayes, John Boudreaux and Kristen Pearson, University of Texas; Lucas Ortiz, New York Institute of Technology; Aubrey Kress, University of Michigan; Brian Gates, Iowa State University; Mack Todd, Southern University; Olivia McGahan, Tyler Chamblin and Michael Pinder, Georgia Tech; and Joseph Hollier, Taurean Antoine, Blaine Leger, Ryan Kinler, Ian Howard, Laura Iverson, Tiffany Robinson, Timothy Patterson, Jonathan Sellers, Alexander Russell and Brandon Travis, LSU.