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4.9 of 5 stars

Great Experience
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

flexible

self motivated


Downers

didnt feel like i had enough time


Advice to Potential Interns

take every opportuntiy you can


Sample Interview Questions

There was a technical one related to materials


Advice to Management

have the supervisors engage more with the interns


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

At BP I learned where I wanted to be.
Anchorage, AK | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The best aspects of my BP internship were: exposure to the working conditions on the North Slope, background on the oil and gas industry, mentoring from successful professionals, support from my project team, and the opportunity to work in the beautiful state of Alaska.


Downers

Working with and getting to know all of the very talented interns was difficult knowing not everyone would be getting a job offer.


Advice to Potential Interns

Aggressively pursue an internship with BP. You will be well paid and work on real projects.


Sample Interview Questions

1) Describe an instance in the work place where you were aware of someone doing something wrong or unsafe? How did you respond to it?



2) What components would be necessary in the design of an electrical system for an off shore oil platform in the North Sea?


Advice to Management

Continue to send engaging staff to do college requirement. Five minutes of personal conversation with a BP representative allowed me to open up about my background and experience and not just talk about my engineering program....as a result I will now be working fro BP.


Would You Recommend

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5.0 of 5 stars

Excellence!
Other (US) | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Learning and working like a full-time engineer


Downers

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with BP.


Advice to Potential Interns

BP will treat you well.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Challenging, Exciting, and Rewarding Experience.
Anchorage, AK | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

BP covered all of the costs of relocation and housing. They had a really cool three day intern training experience where we learned more about the oil and gas industry and what is BP's long term strategy. Lots of lunch and learns with free lunch! I got to hear from a handful of executives who were offering career advice. All interns presented their summer projects at an event called TechnoFest and there were winners in three categories: Technical Excellence, Business Impact, Safety & Operational Risk.


Downers

There was nothing that I did not like.


Advice to Potential Interns

Learn as much as you can about the energy industry and BP's strategy. Know the business whether you're interning in upstream/downstream.


Sample Interview Questions

Tell me about a time you led a team through a difficult transition.


Advice to Management

None.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.9 of 5 stars

Exploring mechanical engineering responsibilities in the oil and gas industry
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Was able to go offshore for a total of 12 days, on three seperate trips to get a better understanding of my project and to perform tasks that were valuable to the team. I was given a project that not only would move the team forward but also fine tuned my skills as a young engineer


Downers

Nothing comes to mind


Advice to Potential Interns

You will be doing real engineering work at BP that will help you better understand the oil and gas industry. BP gives interns full-time employee work, not 'busy work'. Very enriching and valuable experience


Sample Interview Questions

Bp has two parts to their interview process. Behavioral questions and technical questions. The behavioral are similar to most other companies. But the technical questions are unique in that they evaluate how a candidate thinks through a logic process to achieve a solution.


Advice to Management

Nothing comes to mind


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.9 of 5 stars

A fruitful summer experience in the industry
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Working with talented people and state of the art computing facilities


Downers

Interns have less communicating opportunities (with each other) compared with previous experience


Advice to Potential Interns

Great place to conduct research activities; a wonderful opportunity to learn old things as well as explore new things.


Sample Interview Questions

What is your thesis topic and do you want to work on a project related to the topic?


Advice to Management

Space of several group activities seem to be quite limited; other than that it has been a great experience


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

10 weeks in paradise
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The people that work there


Downers

No overtime pay


Advice to Potential Interns

Give BP a chance, they provide great opportunities for their employees


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.9 of 5 stars

Networking and learning about the business is key; refinery decisions will be made based on my projects
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

*The people are fantastic - nice, friendly, eager to help you succeed

*Opportunities beyond the normal internship are available if you seek them

*My work is going to (within the month) be adopted by the refineries - large, real-world monetary and product quality decision based on my work

*Good office culture (softball team, general friendliness, outings, etc)

*A lot of interns provides a good social climate

*Paid and furnished housing makes long-distance relocation easy


Downers

*Located in the suburbs of Chicago, so it's challenging without a car


Advice to Potential Interns

People within BP move around a lot, staying in the same roles 2-4 years. This is great if you want to do lots of different things or move up, but it's probably not the best business strategy.


Advice to Management

I don't think there should be such strong emphasis on CoOp programs - I think it is really demoralizing to interns, who think they're less likely to get hired than someone who's done five rotations in the company. Additionally, coming from a school ranked probably a hundred places higher than the CoOp schools, I feel as if I had to work a lot harder and prove myself a lot more to get to the same place that they got just by not being bad at their first rotation.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.9 of 5 stars

Discovering BP and the energy industry
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

- own projects

- company culture and support system

- paid apartment and great compensation

- structured internship program

- ability to network with other functions and leaders


Downers

- would have liked


Advice to Potential Interns

BP is really a great place to intern at with many perks. They pay for your apartment, give you excellent compensation, and provide you with challenging projects.


Sample Interview Questions

Why do you want to intern in the oil and gas industry?


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.9 of 5 stars

Exciting, challenging, and rewarding experience with BP Reservoir Engineering Team
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Everyone I worked with was always more than willing to put what they were doing on hold and work with me on my project and answer my questions. Very laid back yet productive and friendly atmosphere in which I loved working in. The internship itself was very well structured and I was given a great project to work on, and my project was a real world project not something just pulled off the shelf for an intern to do.


Downers

I was put into a role that had no prior experience for even though I did learn how to do my job eventually. I was forced to spend a lot of time getting up to speed rather than working on the project. Seated far away from my team and didn't get to interact with them much.


Advice to Potential Interns

Work hard, never be afraid to ask questions, and the only thing limiting you at BP is yourself


Sample Interview Questions

Given a well diagram with bottom hole and surface equipment pressures and asked "when will well stop flowing on its own?"

Tell me about a time when you showed leadership


Advice to Management

Better incorporation of Interns within teams. (This may be a specific case for me because I was told it was not a widespread issue) the Lunch and Learns were awesome and I greatly enjoyed all of the intern activities.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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