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Shell interns fuel their future with Shell

Interns from across the U.S. recently gathered for the annual intern conference in Houston – an opportunity to network with each other, ask Shell business leaders about career development, and engage in a community service project.
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The conference ended with a service project. Through a partnership with Neighborhood Centers, Inc., the interns had the opportunity to get involved in a project and directly impact the Houston community. The project consisted of building tricycles for young children that are part of the Head Start School Program, which is designed to enhance children’s successful social, educational and personal development. Interns split into groups and had one hour to build two tricycles each, completing a total of 100 tricycles!

Dynamic, energetic, and motivated technical and commercial interns from across the U.S. recently gathered for the annual intern conference in Houston. The interactive nature of the “Fuel Your Future” conference enabled interns to network with each other, ask Shell business leaders about career development and technological innovations, and engage in a community service project to support Houston-area children.

Getting started

To kick off the event, 260 summer interns, representing various lines of business and functions, played an icebreaker bingo game, finding other interns who matched the specified criteria. One intern tweeted with excitement, “I have found the one intern who works in Alaska!” Ana Kopf, Regional Manager Americas Recruitment, encouraged interns to “take this opportunity to expand your network, learn from each other, and get to know as many people as possible.”

Keynote speaker Greg Guidry, EVP, UA Unconventionals,  informed interns about the role Shell plays in supplying sustainable energy for the future and emphasized that the “greatest value lies in an integrated Upstream and Downstream business.” Greg enlightened the audience on the key differentiators of working in the Unconventionals business, noting that for Shell to be successful, “we must act differently – learn fast, share fast; integrate seamlessly; and rapidly de-risk – all while executing locally but coordinating globally.” 

The full package: from D&I to business focus

The day’s agenda included a Diversity & Inclusion workshop hosted by Laurie Cross, Equal Opportunity & Diversity Analyst and Rachel Shi, HR Account Manager where they educated interns about the importance of these ideals in the workplace.

“Shell is committed to accommodating all types of individuals so that they can be productive at work, and it is our responsibility that they feel comfortable and are able to move up in their careers,” said Laurie. 

Interns engaged in an exercise in which they were asked to tackle different scenarios pertaining to the topic at hand. During lunch, they had an opportunity to meet representatives from Shell’s employee networks including WAVE, SHEN, SEA Shell, enABLE US, SAPENG, SBNG, and Network Next.   

Glenn Wright, General Manager of Power Trading, spoke about the nature of working in the Downstream Trading business. He noted that to be a successful trader one must work with a sense of urgency, pay careful attention to detail, and be analytical.

“Trading is a mindset. It opens up how you look at any business. It is a dynamic environment and an incredibly fun place to be,” he said. Glenn engaged with the audience, who asked pertinent questions about his career path starting as a chemical engineer and transitioning into a trader.

In the afternoon, interns attended breakout sessions by skillpool type. These personalized sessions fostered interesting dialogue between the interns and Shell business representatives, including questions about career progression within the organization, life at Shell, and technological innovations.

Serving others “for good”

The conference ended with a service project. Through a partnership with Neighborhood Centers, Inc., the interns had the opportunity to get involved in a project and directly impact the Houston community. The project consisted of building tricycles for young children that are part of the Head Start School Program, which is designed to enhance children’s successful social, educational and personal development.  Interns split into groups and had one hour to build two tricycles each, completing a total of 100 tricycles!

Dr. Frazier Wilson, VP Shell Oil Company Foundation and Manager of Social Investment, highlighted Shell’s active participation in the community and encouraged interns to partake in activities that “foster volunteerism and make an impact in the local community.” In the end, interns joined the organization’s “For Good” campaign, by sharing ways in which they were transforming communities For Good – all captured on a giant chalkboard.

Hear it from the interns

When asked, “What was your favorite part about the conference,” Shell Recruitment received an overwhelmingly positive response.

  • Rachael Ogilvie, Petroleum Engineer, University of Oklahoma - "I enjoyed the community service event. I think it is a cool idea to have everyone working together. This whole "For Good" campaign is awesome, especially signing the board."
  • Kyoung Min, PhD Geomechanics, Texas A&M - "I liked the breakout sessions. I wrote several special theses that I could discuss with the speakers."
  • Merrick Kelley, Finance Upstream, University of Colorado – Boulder - "My favorite part was listening to Glenn Wright speak. I got to ask a lot of questions that were pertinent to my internship and also get another perspective of Shell."
  • Dana De Sutter, Supply Chain, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain - "I enjoyed meeting new people and getting to interact with them during the community service event."
  • Brittany Hooey, Marketing, Sam Houston State University - "I enjoyed networking with people from other parts of the business."
  • Charlie Meyer - Naval Architecture, University of Michigan - "I enjoyed building the tricycles; it gave me a chance to get off my seat and do something with my hands."
  • Jason Maise - HR Global Functions, Michigan State University - "I had fun meeting people outside HR and meeting the other Finance interns and getting their perspectives."

     

     

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