Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Biodiesel Lab Internships

The Biodiesel Program continues to be a student-designed, student-driven program. All aspects of the program from biodiesel fuel production and equipment design, to project management and brainstorming are run in part by Loyola students. This opportunity is open to students of every level and from every discipline.

Interns work in a team capacity with other fellows to run the day-to day operations of the lab (biodiesel production, oil collection, waste processing), and additionally take a leadership role on a project in the Searle Biodiesel Lab (new product development, education initiative, marketing, energy efficiency). We will work in a number of different topic areas: chemistry, business, marketing, and grant writing.

Previous Biodiesel Interns and Projects

Internship PeriodApplication DueFellowship DatesHours
2015–2016 Academic Year August 26, 2015 Sept 2015–April 2016 12–15 Hours/Week
Summer 2016 March 18, 2016 May 2016–August 2016 15–18 Hours/Week

This is a paid internship and additional funds for research supplies are available as needed.

Internship candidates will meet one-on-one with the Biodiesel Lab Manager to discuss potential projects that will help our program grow, become more efficient, and contribute to the student's professional interests. To learn more about Biodiesel Lab Internships contact Zach Waickman, Biodiesel Lab Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Biodiesel Production
  • Soap Production
  • Chemical Analysis of Biodiesel and Soap
  • Lab Maintenance
  • Product Development
  • Opportunity to develop your own projects related to clean energy


  • Motivated individual willing to learn a wide variety of new procedures, equipment operation, and business protocols.
  • Ability to work efficiently in both individual and team settings.
  • Attention to detail and safety as we will be working with chemicals, heavy equipment, and experiments.
  • Able to lift 30lbs.
  • Candidate must be able to work for the duration of the internship (May–September).


  • Full-time enrollment at any Loyola University Chicago Campus in 2014–2015.
  • Expected full-time enrollment at any Loyola University Chicago Campus in 2015–2016.