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Petroleum Engineering internships

khoieykhoiey Registered User Posts: 106 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in Engineering Majors
Just met with couple of PE majored senior students (PSU) and they told me most of them haven't got any internships so far during last year or right now. Not much companies are hiring interns, at least at PSU. I'm afraid that the outlook for job prospects looks a bit grim for Petro. Engineering seniors right now.

Is this situation true for the rest of other schools (that offered Petro Engineering programs)? I got the notion that those guys went into the major with high expectation of 100% placement after graduation.
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Replies to: Petroleum Engineering internships

  • alchemist007alchemist007 Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    I guess it depends on which region you go to college in. I am pretty sure Pennsylvania doesn't produce much petroleum but here in Alaska and down in Texas apparently students are not having a problem finding internships and jobs.
  • khoieykhoiey Registered User Posts: 106 Junior Member
    Penn State University does have a lot of companies come out to recruit but so far most of the kids here don't get any internships for the last year and they aren't really have high hope for this year either. I'm guessing PSU has about 200 plus/minus petro engineering students. I was actually quite surprised that most seniors said they haven't got any internships last year.

    I do wish them the best though (especially those seniors that haven't land them any internship experience). Regardless, it's going to be quite competitive to get a job in petroleum field than most people think.
  • alchemist007alchemist007 Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    It could have to do with how many Petroleum Engineering students your universities has compared to most other Petroleum Engineering universities.

    Oil Companies many times have a set amount of positions that they hire for from each university and so the ratio between the large number of students from PSU who apply and the number of students who actually get an internship could leave a lot of students left out and disappointed compared to a college like New Mexico Tech where they only have 35 petroleum engineering students and most of them get internships.
  • PWittyPWitty Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    I don't know how the situation is right now but I am a Junior in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas and within the last 2 weeks I have sent out 3 resumes through our career center and been invited for interviews for all 3. Its been Oxy, Chesapeake and KinderMorgan so its not Chevron or ConocoPhillips but its internships.
  • olaoluwaolaoluwa Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    ^^Hey PWitty^^, I am also planning to study petroleum engineering at KU next year. Presently i'm schooling at JCCC (...to cut down costs). Do you have any tips on succeeding at KU (getting admitted, coursework to pay attention to...) I am in my freshman year at JCCC.
  • entropy2009entropy2009 Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    at tamu you have to have an internship to graduate. So I suppose people are getting them.
  • IndianPwnerDudeIndianPwnerDude Registered User Posts: 628 Member
    at tamu you have to have an internship to graduate. So I suppose people are getting them.
    This seems ridiculous. What if someone cannot find an internship. Some schools which have a mandatory CO-OP will allow students to do coursework for credit in the department in the case they cannot find a CO-OP. There are more students than internships. It seems unreasonable that every student (unless this is MIT or Stanford) can find engineering internships or paid research over the summer.
  • AndrewskyAndrewsky Registered User Posts: 172 Junior Member
    If they require an internship, everyone gets an internship. It's not like they make you find one, and if a company is not hiring you don't get your degree...c'mon.
  • IndianPwnerDudeIndianPwnerDude Registered User Posts: 628 Member
    An internship

    There are several of these. Easier if it is non-major-related. Companies are using unpaid interns to replace full time employees and save money. There is no shortage of these though there is a crackdown.
  • petroleum23petroleum23 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    At A&M an internship is required, but just because companies are not hiring does not mean you don't get a degree. The petroleum department just gives you a summer job at the school and this counts as your internship.
  • TTUOilmanTTUOilman Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Its relatively hard here at Texas Tech as well. Back a few years ago EVERYONE got an internship, but now I'd say its down to around 50%. It looks like Oil is going up though, so there's hope on the horizon.
  • you_of_ehyou_of_eh Registered User Posts: 753 Member
    Pretty much all the Oil and Gas engineers at my school that wanted an internship got one.
  • petroleum23petroleum23 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I assume you go to U of H. I'm thinking about transferring there. Are you graduating in 2013? How do you like the profs there? How many students are in your petroleum classes?

    Sorry for all the questions, but it seems like the advisor there doesn't want to give out much info.
  • Grcxx3Grcxx3 Registered User Posts: 2,072 Senior Member
    I don't know about the PE's at Penn State, but my close friend does recruiting for geologists there and I believe she has made a few internship offers.
  • you_of_ehyou_of_eh Registered User Posts: 753 Member
    I assume you go to U of H

    me? 10 char
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