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Intern (now Graduate Process Engineer)
Siobhan studied a B. Eng/ B. Pharmaceutical Science at Monash University
How did your 12 week assessed internship with Shell give you an insight into Shell?
I got to work within a team of process engineers out on an operating site, carrying out a number of projects that gave me the chance to work with people from across the refinery. By working as a member of the team, attending meetings, and collaborating with people from all kinds of disciplines and backgrounds, I got great exposure to the type of work that goes on at an operating site and the working culture at Shell.
What type of work did you do?
I was lucky enough to have a few really interesting projects to work on. One involved taking plant data and doing computer simulations to look at ways of optimising operations; while another project involved getting out on site with operators and technicians to assess how certain equipment was operating. Finally the other focus was around lab data analysis, and looking at ways to take advantage of new lab testing techniques to improve the way we monitor the plant.
How would you describe your experience of the Shell internship?
I absolutely loved my time as an intern; I had wonderful supervisors and mentors, as well as other staff from across the site that were always happy to take the time to answer questions, assist with projects, or just teach me about different aspects of the business. It was completely eye-opening in terms of getting to see and experience first-hand the kind of opportunities that were available as a graduate chemical engineer in this industry. I would definitely encourage anyone with the slightest interest in a career in oil and gas to apply for a Shell internship.
How did your internship prepare you for your career?
Being able to spend three months in a professional environment, learning to work within and across multidisciplinary teams and having specific project deliverables and targets to meet, was a fantastic preparation for a professional engineering career. Knowing that I had a graduate position already secured going into my final year of university was an enormous relief that allowed me to enjoy my final year, and a few months of travelling, before I came back to start as a graduate.
Was your internship an advantage when starting the graduate program?
It was a massive advantage and allowed me to hit the ground running as a graduate. As you have already had the opportunity to experience the Shell culture, the collaborative ways of working, the high standards of HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environment) and many of the Shell systems; not to mention having a few friendly faces in the corridor on day one.
Describe what makes Shell’s internship program unique?
All of us were given specific and meaningful projects to complete, with formally assigned support systems in the form of supervisors, mentors and buddies.
Why should students apply for an internship with Shell?
The opportunity to see up close how a company like Shell operates, to learn from some of the best people in the oil and gas business, and give yourself a huge advantage when it comes to obtaining a graduate role.
What can students expect during the internship?
Over the course of the internship we underwent onboarding activities, got to know our teams and our projects, then spent the majority of the time working towards meeting our project deliverables, as well as taking part in other learning opportunities as they arose. Towards the end of the internship we put together presentations on the work we had carried out, to present to our fellow interns and leaders from across the business, as well as assessors. In the assessed interview we had the opportunity to show how we had met the Shell CAR (Capacity, Achievements and Relationship) criteria through our actual experiences working on our projects.
Any advice to students?
Treat your internship application like an application for a graduate position, because that’s where it could take you.
It was absolutely the best experience I had at university, and it has shaped where the rest of my career will take me.