Reconnecting to a tradition that spans decades of Shell sites working with area colleges to provide career opportunities to local students, Shell Deer Park Chemicals is on course to begin the Shell Process Technology Internship Program on Oct. 1.

After being discontinued for several years, the leadership team decided post-divestment to reinstate the program to further support the community and local economy while building the talent pipeline that’s vital to the facility’s future. “We are in a great place at Shell Deer Park Chemicals because there are several nearby colleges that offer production technology degrees,” says Shell Deer Park Chemicals HR Manager Jared Sears.

The 12-week program enables students to apply their classroom experience to a real-world operating facility involving specific units. They will work side-by-side with subject-matter experts to gain a first-hand appreciation of what Shell does and how it delivers to customers from both a safety and work process perspective. 

Another reality is exposure to shift work that lasts 12 hours and can include nights and weekends to total approximately 40 hours per week. “It takes time for students to evaluate if this is an opportunity they want to pursue as well as for Shell to get to know them and assess their capabilities,” Sears says. “Our intention is to enable hires directly after graduation.”

Sears believes the restart of the internship program is a positive sign for Shell Deer Park Chemicals. “We are a place that wants to develop the next generation of operators right here at our site,” he says. “Our goal is to create a thriving workforce that builds a community of inclusion, opportunity and development.”

More information about the internship program is available on the Shell careers website.