Students are strongly encouraged to participate in internships to broaden their exposure to the field and research and to develop supportive networks for future career decisions.

Recent internships include work in labs at Catholic University and at other institutions, including:

  • University of Michigan
  • University of Delaware
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Institutes of Health
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Texas
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • Vitreous State Laboratory
  • Library of Congress

Prospects after graduation:

  • 64% percent of our graduates are accepted to medical or graduate/professional school.
    • Ph.D.-granting programs in chemistry-related fields typically waive tuition for accepted students and pay them a stipend.  
    • Currently, we have graduates at the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, the University of Delaware, and Drexel University, as well as other schools.
  • 23% of our graduates are employed in education, research, or industry.

Quotes from Students

"A primary reason I have been able to enjoy such a variety of research experiences, both at CUA and at other institutions, is that the faculty in the Department of Chemistry are incredibly supportive. The encouragement from my professors to broaden my horizons through active application of the knowledge I've learned in the classroom has been instrumental in preparing me for my future career as a physician-scientist."

-Karina Bursch (class of 2019)
“My internship at the Vitreous State Lab provided me with the opportunity to apply what I was learning in lecture and lab courses to real world applications. Through this internship I was able travel to international conferences and use techniques usually only done at a graduate and post graduate level, which made me a competitive applicant when applying to graduate school.”

-Elizabeth Montagnino (class of 2019)