Interaction with industry

The gap year

As an ECPM student, you have the possibility of taking a gap year between the end of the 2nd year and the beginning of the 3rd year of the curriculum.

"The Césure (gap year) is an optional period that extends over a maximum of one academic year during which the student, enrolled in a higher education program, suspends it temporarily in order to gain personal experience, either independently or within a host organization or educational institution in France or abroad"
(Decree n° 2018-372 of May 18, 2018NOR: ESRS1813068D)

You have the option of doing this gap year in a professional environment in France or abroad. In the latter case, ECPM cannot issue an internship agreement to the student-engineer who wishes to work in a company. The company must therefore offer him/her a temporary contract according to the legislation in force in the country where the internship is to be carried out.

For more information: (french)


Internships are an important part of practical training. It is through internships that a future graduate refines his or her profile and professional project. Each student must complete a minimum of 3 months of internship abroad. But they can do more if they wish!

  • 1st year: the worker or technician internship. This is a first contact with the technical, economic and human aspects of the business world;
  • 2nd year: the engineer internship in a company. The student must carry out a study project independently under the guidance of an internship supervisor. This internship must take place in industry and allows students to discover the aspects of future management life;
  • 3rd year: the end-of-studies R&D internship in a company or laboratory. It is carried out in a public or private research laboratory. It is validated by an end-of-study thesis and gives rise to an oral defense.

Industrial mission

This student-company project will enable you to acquire project management, project management, collective intelligence and problem solving skills. All the subjects are exclusively from the partner companies of the diploma.

Here are some examples of assignments:

  • Selection of chemical and/or biological treatment solutions for industrial process water;
  • Pre-project / Specifications of a bioproduction installation;
  • Definition of a production facility;
  • Feasibility study of biosensor concepts;
  • Bibliographic study of the degradability of a polymer material by bacteria.

Visits of industrial sites

In first year, the students discover the remarkable industrial sites of Alsace. These visits are followed by a report on the visit, which is given to the whole class and which allows them to discover different aspects of a company.

The following companies regularly welcome us on their industrial sites: Tereos, Corteva, Trinseo, Catalent, DSM, Lilly, Octapharma, Novartis, Idorsia, Merck, etc...

Educational interventions by professionals

At the ECPM, they represent 16% of the teaching staff. They are particularly involved in human, social and economic training.

The "Mercredis de l'ECPM"

These conferences are led by professionals who present their companies and the possibilities of integration of ECPM students. They allow students to discover the numerous possibilities of career paths within the different sectors that employ ECPM engineers (cosmetics, aeronautics, pharmaceuticals, plastics, chemistry, renewable energy, petrochemicals, construction materials, electronics, nuclear, etc.).

The following companies regularly attend "ECPM Wednesdays": BASF, Corteva, Mane, Merck, Novartis, SANOFI, SOLVAY, Givaudan, l'Oréal.

The missions proposed by the Strasbourg Chimie Service Association

Thanks to the « Strasbourg Chimie Services » association, engineering students have the opportunity to carry out short-term missions for an industrial company by providing technical and scientific support.

Label du Ministère de l'enseignement supérieur, de la recherche et de l'innovation CTI - Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur EUR-ACE® system - European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes Université franco-allemande Certification AFAQ - ISO 9001 IAR Label DD&RS
L'ECPM est membre de
Fédération Gay Lussac Alsace Tech - Grandes écoles d'ingénieurs, d'architecture et de management Conférence des Grandes Écoles CDEFI - Conférence des Directeurs des Écoles Françaises d'Ingénieurs
L'ECPM est associée à
AICS - Association des Ingénieurs de Chimie Strasbourg