An Assessed Internship is an excellent way to get to know Shell from the inside and immerse yourself in the energy industry. It can also help you decide what career is right for you. You’ll have full day-to-day involvement in actual projects, selected to match your interests and abilities.

You’ll join a project team and work alongside Shell employees who are all professionals in their fields. Their perspectives will contribute to your understanding of our business, its demands and rewards.

A supervisor and mentor will support you directly and you’ll undertake regular assessments throughout your internship to ensure you get the most from the experience.

As part of the Assessed Internship, you’ll have a formal mid-term review with your supervisor and mentor. At the close of your internship, there will be another final review on project delivery and performance by your supervisor and mentor. You’ll also be asked to prepare a final presentation about your project, and complete a competency based interview with Graduate Assessors.

  • Typically, 10-12 weeks in your chosen business area.
  • A real project with a significant level of business impact.
  • Discovering which skills you need to develop, through constructive feedback.
  • Developing valuable networks and contacts for future career opportunities.

Find and apply for an Assessed Internship opportunity in your country via the link below.

Minimum Qualifications

To be eligible for an Internship, you should be an actively enrolled student who will complete at least one more semester of education following your internship. To be eligible for full-time opportunities, you should be in your final year of study or have less than three years relevant work experience.

You must have a minimum Cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 3.20.

Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee, temporary resident, or an individual who possesses valid work authorization. Individuals with temporary visas (H-1, H-2, J-1, F-1, etc.) or who require sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future are not eligible for hire.

In some instances, we are able to sponsor Ph.D. candidates in certain disciplines.

Your learning journey

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We’ve designed the Shell Assessed Internship to give talented students and graduates like you a real role in our business. We will provide you with the support that you need to succeed whilst completing your internship. The internship will focus on completing a major project with clear deliverables and outcomes.

Real Projects to work on

  • Businesses identify projects that have real business need where you will need to make an impact
  • Projects vary yearly

Supporting you along the way

  • A mentor and a supervisor will be assigned to you to provide you with regular and structured feedback
  • The on-boarding process will allow you to familiarise yourself with the company businesses
  • An on-boarding event together with all other interns

Why we call it an Assessed Internship

  • During an Assessed Internship, you will have a formal mid-term review and End of Internship Review with your mentor and supervisor.
  • Following the successful completion of the assessments, you could be offered an employment opportunity in a full-time role.

Why join Shell?

Click on any of the links below to learn more about what makes Shell a great company to work for:

What we look for

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Entry requirements

  • Degree - explore our Degree Matcher to discover which career paths you can follow in the Assessed Internship with your qualifications. When you apply, you can use the results from the Degree Matcher to indicate the career area within Shell you are most interested in. For all our technical roles, you’ll need to have, or be studying towards, a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification. For our commercial and corporate roles, you’ll need to have, or be studying towards, a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Year of study - to apply for the Shell Assessed Internship, you must be in your penultimate year of study at a recognised university. However, this may vary depending on your location and university.
  • Academic records - there are no specific academic requirements for grades, however we do expect candidates to have a strong academic record.

Assessment Criteria

Throughout the application and assessment process, you’ll be assessed using the following three criteria, which we call the CAR criteria:


To see how well you absorb information, analyse problems, make fact-based decisions, and propose innovative solutions.


To assess how you get things done, for example your drive, resilience, self-confidence, and organisational skills.


To look at how well you work in teams, communicate and respect others.

How to apply

Application process

Shell Intern Conference


The Shell Intern conference is hosted every summer and converges all Shell US Interns in Houston to enhance their skills, deepen their understanding, and connect with other Shell interns from around the country.

Aspects of the event include breakout sessions hosted by top leaders on topics importance to the business, skill pool breakout sessions that deepen the interns’ understanding of their area of interest, teambuilding activities, and a keynote address. Interns gain a deeper understanding of various Shell businesses areas, and the impact of their contributions during the breakout sessions. They also have the chance to learn more about different career paths.

The Shell Intern Conference also host a Community Service event at the Houston Food Bank where interns learn the importance of serving the community and giving back.

Example of Technical internship areas include:

  • Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Production, Process, Petroleum, Project, Well), Research & Development and Geoscience

Example of Commercial/Functional internship areas include:

  • Contracting & Procurement, Sales & Marketing, Commercial & Retail, Trading, Business Development, Human Resources, Accounting, Finance and Information Technology

Collaborating with people from all kinds of disciplines and backgrounds, I got great exposure to the different kinds of work and the working culture at Shell.

Siobhan Kelly, Process Engineer

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Shell has a variety of scholarships available for students pursuing STEM degrees at Shell 2 and 4 year partner institutions. Click here to apply for scholarships.

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