Isaac Rodríguez - Trainee

Joining the professional world through programs such as Dow internships and traineeships is great – in my case taking me from Spain to The Netherlands and back.

My name is Isaac. I first heard about Dow at the University Rovira i Virgili, where I studied Chemical Engineering. The University has strong links to Dow, formed over time and through the successful hiring of students from there. Many of our university lecturers come from the business environment, particularly from Dow, sharing a more practical point of view, including customer orientation and problem-solving skills. They encouraged us to see Dow as an example of a leading company in the area of chemical engineering.

My internship with Dow began at the Cracker plant during the summer of 2013, where I was performing data base management and planning work for the migration to a new architectural system, while simultaneously doing my one-year Master final project.

After my internship during the summer of 2014, I found a job vacancy through the Dow Careers website where they were looking for a chemical engineer for a three-month project in Terneuzen (The Netherlands) and I went there right away. The experience was really positive as I met new students from different countries, learnt project management skills and improved my English.

Then, on December 2014, I joined Dow working as a Trainee for the Solutions Plant, where I currently work. Joining the professional world through programs offered between universities and the industry as soon as possible after graduation is great, and if that includes an experience abroad, even better, as this gives you a more global mindset.

Summing up my experience in three words: challenging, enriching and forward-looking.