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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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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

Yes


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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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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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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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5.0 of 5 stars

Developing engineers for safety, excellence, courage, respect, and One Team
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The people I worked with were very helpful. They encouraged me to push myself to master new software and technical concepts. The work hours fit my lifestyle. I enjoyed joining the BP soccer team. I liked being able to participate in the benefits program as an intern.


Downers

That it had to end. It was great! I would have stayed longer if I could.


Advice to Potential Interns

BP has an excellent 3-year training program called the challenger program. You have a list of core competencies that the company hopes you master within the course of 3 years. You will have plenty of mentors to help you along the way, both those that have been formally assigned to you and those who you have reached out to. You will have a technical assessor help you measure your progress in the program and help you set new goals to push your professional development to reach new heights.


Sample Interview Questions

explain a time when you had to convince others to follow a plan you came up with.

what is the purpose of the fins in a fin and tube heat exchanger?

Explain a time in which you had to be innovative


Advice to Management

I loved being a part of a team of engineers working on the front-end of projects. There were many opportunities to add significant value to the company. I love the opportunities to learn and grow and would recommend continuing the current style of career development for young engineers.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Best way to learn and apply what you learn at school. Awesome experience and a nice insight on how you will enjoy your job once you graduate
Denver, CO | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Valuable Learning and respectfull stress less environment


Downers

Short time, I wish it was longer than two months


Advice to Potential Interns

Be outgoing and eager to ask questions


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.8 of 5 stars

Awesome experience!
Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The knowledge that I gained will benefit me any many areas in the future. I also loved all the events that the University Relations put on for the interns.


Downers

Too short!


Advice to Potential Interns

Great Place to work!


Would You Recommend

Yes


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