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Petroleum engineers, debt, and internships

jujuubjujuub Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
edited April 2011 in Engineering Majors
I'm currently attending a community college to get an associates in an engineer transfer program. I plan to go to LSU by the time i graduate. Right now i dont have any scholarships and currently rely on financial aid. I figured that if it stayed like that by the time i graduate from LSU i would probably accumulate 30-40K in debt.

I want to know if my abilities to land internships will be hindered because im transfering from a community college. My gpa is above the 3.0 mark is is hovering around 3.3-3.5. How hard is it to land an internship and are there ways to get scholarships for in state tuition?

I was thinking of going to TAMU also but only if i can get enough scholarships to qualify for the in-state tuition waiver. For now i am focused on going to LSU and see what happens from there.
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Replies to: Petroleum engineers, debt, and internships

  • chato999chato999 Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    Looks like we are in a similar position. I am also transferring this year from a community college and was also accepted to LSU but have chosen to attend UAF instead (I'll explain below).

    From what i've read, the best way to get an internship is to be at the top of your class in terms of GPA and club involvement (leadership positions). The other route is to go to a school with a smaller program and therefore lower student-faculty ratio with more internship spots available both on campus and off campus.

    I decided not to go to LSU for a couple of reasons. LSU has a large program and it may be difficult to stand out compared to the rest of the students in the department. Imagine trying to get a leadership position at the SPE club when nobody there knows you and there are 30 other people there who have been there since freshman year trying to fill only 5 or 6 spots. Internships will probably be limited and you won't really have a solid track record to show compared to others. Also, there is a lot of red tape associated with drilling in the gulf right now due to the Deepwater Horizon Blowout and I don't see it going away anytime within the next couple of years so that will limit job opportunities after graduation.
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