Joining the Worldâ€™s Leading Chemical Company to Gain Hands-On Skills – Posted 4/16/15
Building upon the success of previous science students at County College of Morris (CCM) and his own academic achievements, Michael Masino, of East Hanover, will be working at BASFâ€™s Catalysts division in Iselin this coming summer as an intern.
Masino, who is one of two CCM students selected this year for a summer internship at BASF, is majoring in both biology and engineering science at CCM. His plan is to launch a career in biomedical engineering where he can design solutions to help people improve their quality of life.
â€śFor example, I would like to design the next generation bioelectronic medicine that would enable electrical signals to be sent through our nervous systems to help trigger our bodiesâ€™ own natural healing functions,â€ť he says. â€śI also would love to be involved in designing prosthetics that wirelessly connect to neurons, so someone who lost an arm could move their hand and effortlessly pick up a cup of coffee.â€ť
He notes, however, that he anticipates that his career plans will develop both as part of his upcoming internship and as he develops in his profession.
“Ultimately, the work experience I acquire will influence the direction of my career. I have an open mind and I am extremely eager to start my internship,” he adds.
In addition to attending school full-time and working multiple part-time jobs, Masino is president of the Biology and Chemistry Club at CCM and an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
â€śThis is the first time in our three-year internship program with BASF that we have had two students who have been offered and accepted positions as summer interns,â€ť notes Anthony Di Stasio, assistant professor of chemistry, who developed and oversees the Biology and Chemistry Internship Program at CCM.
â€śWe should all celebrate our studentsâ€™ accomplishments given that these summer internships at BASF are highly competitive and limited in availability.â€ť
Last year, Matt Gole, of Succasunna, was selected as the collegeâ€™s second summer intern at BASF. In 2013, Tristin DeBona, of Randolph, became the first CCM intern at BASF. Now a student at Rutgers, DeBona was hired back by BASF as a part-time employee.
As BASF interns, students gain experience working in catalysis research at the worldâ€™s leading chemical company, obtaining critical hands-on experience and the opportunity to build a professional network.
For more information on the Biology and Chemistry programs at CCM, visit www.ccm.edu/academics/divdep/hns/biochem/.