Students- Internships & Co-Ops

CO-OP Tracks

Are you in school and looking to rev up your career?

Have you heard? Chemstar WATER has kickstarted a College Grad Opportunities (Co-Op) Rotational Program designed just for college students.

What is a Chemstar WATER CO-OP?

Cooperative education, also known as CO-OP, is a structured approach to taking classroom education and combining that with practical work experience. While it’s been around since the 1900’s it’s been gaining popularity because of the way it helps students like yourself successfully manage the transition from school to work.

Our Chemstar WATER program was designed by former CO-OP grads with the goal of accelerating the development of entry-level talent and producing leaders capable of meeting the challenges facing Chemstar WATER. Because the CO-OP program is our pipeline for future company leaders, it reports to our COO with exposure to the company CEO.

To provide the best experience, there are two tracks that we offer for potential candidates:

  1. Business & Finance Track
  2. Engineering &Operations Tracks

Acquired Skills


Developing effective communication with customers, suppliers & team members tailored to real-world situations & challenges.


Gaining practical experience in tackling complex problems & finding innovative solutions within the specific business or engineering context.


Learning to collaborate with diverse teams while navigating group dynamics and disagreements to achieve common goals.


Application of technical skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems.


Learning to identify, evaluate, quantify & manage risks associated with projects, products, operations, or engineering designs.


Practicing effective time management techniques to meet deadlines and manage multiple responsibilities effectively while getting comfortable with ambiguity.


Honing your customer-obsessed mindset & understanding how to address customer needs.


Hands-on experience in data analysis, interpretation, and presentation to drive corporate decisions and improvements.


Embracing a mindset that learning and self-improvement is a continuous journey enabling you to achieve ANYTHING!

Boris Lester- Chief Operating Officer

What our COO has to say about the program

A note from Boris Lester

As the COO of Chemstar Water, I am thrilled to share why our CO-OP program is immensely rewarding. Drawing from my own enriching experiences at General Electric, Microsoft, Google, Dow, and META, we have meticulously built this program to offer you an exceptional learning journey. Participation in our CO-OP program provides invaluable exposure to real-world challenges and industry-leading technologies. You will be immersed in a dynamic work environment alongside our professionals, fostering unmatched personal and professional growth that increases in scope and responsibilities as you progress through the program.

Through hands-on projects and mentorship, you will hone your skills, gain practical knowledge, and develop a deep understanding of the Water industry. This experience will significantly enhance your resume and set you apart in the competitive job market. We believe that learning is a continuous process, and our CO-OP program emphasizes ongoing skill development, enabling you to excel in your academic and professional pursuits.

Join us in this exciting journey and unlock a world of possibilities. We eagerly await your contributions and look forward to witnessing your remarkable success.

About the Program

How the Program
  • CO-OP terms are 3 – 4 months based on availability & school requirements (typically summer terms)
  • Each successful candidate is expected to complete 3 CO-OP terms to be eligible for a full-time role consideration
  • To ensure range of skills and experiences each subsequent CO-OP term will increase in difficulty and expectations and support a different company effort
  • At least one term has to be at the Baltimore HQ location, but others may have the ability to be at a remote Chemstar WATER location
  • The candidate will have weekly reviews with their manager
  • Each candidate will complete 1 CO-OP rotation in the other track
Admissions &
  • At least 2 interviews with company leadership
  • A hypothetical or actual case study that will include data analysis, presentation, recommendation, deployment plan, etc. (4 weeks)
  • A mid-term presentation and a final presentation
  • Will be provided with formal feedback 2x per term
  • Based on rotation review and team feedback, the CO-OP will be invited back the following season

CO-OP Tracks

View our two tracks below and ensure you meet the requirements before you apply.

Business & Finance Track


  • University degree in accounting, or finance.
  • Strong analytical skills, and the ability to use good judgment.
  • Positive attitude and leadership, problem-solving, flexible and adaptable to changing environment
  • At ease with computer tools, software.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems. Ability to document, plan, market, and execute programs. Established project management skills
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, and resolve complex financial issues
  • Ability to clearly link financial results to operational performance drivers, generate alternatives and drive positive change
  • Strong MS Excel skills in data compilation and aggregation (pivot tables, Vlookup, etc);
  • Clear thinking/problem solving
  • Physical abilities to work outside, climb stairs, ability to carry 50 lbs 100 yards
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Engineers & Operations Track


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in engineering from an accredited University or College
  • Outstanding academic achievements – Top 25% class (final grade GPA 3 out of 4)
  • Knowledge of technical drawings
  • Deep passion for Engineering and Operations plus strong commitment for a career in Supply Chain
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills coupled with the ability to connect with all levels of the organization showing openness, transparency & humility
  • Strong curiosity to learn
  • Able to own a/o coordinate many tasks concurrently with high execution & follow-through
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to breakdown the issues and formulate plans to address and rectify situations in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to solve problems and make meaningful changes benefiting our customers, people, and organization in a team/manufacturing environment
  • Physical abilities to work outside, climb stairs, ability to carry 50 lbs 100 yards
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