In an Operations and Maintenance career, you will have the opportunity to progress in an environment that encourages both personal and professional development, and be part of some of the most ground-breaking projects anywhere in the industry.

Shell is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. We’re looking for people with a strong safety focus and technical aptitude, as well as a strong work ethic, adaptability and communication skills. You must be legally entitled to work in United States; be willing to support Shell’s drug-free, harassment-free, and diverse work environment; be willing to work the schedule for your assigned work location; and for safety-sensitive roles, must be physically fit to meet occupational requirements. Additional details for specific roles can be viewed in job postings.

Application & Testing Process

Shell works closely with key Technical Schools to recruit talent for temporary internship opportunities for our plants and field operations. As an intern, you can learn and demonstrate key skills on-the-job, where you will be part of a high-performance team that works to keep a huge chemical plant, refinery or offshore platform running at peak efficiency.

As an intern you could work within one of our refineries, onshore operations, offshore production platforms, or our pipeline business. To learn more about Shell’s lines of business please visit Our Business at a Glance.

What we look for in an ideal candidate

  • Safety-conscious, detail-oriented team player
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Has or can obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card. Note, information regarding TWIC qualification standards may be found at
  • Must be enrolled within 12 months of graduating or have graduated no more than 24 months prior to application, with a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in the following areas of study:
    • Associate Degree from an accredited program in
      • Process/Production Technology (Oil & Gas Technology, Process Technology, Production Technology, Integrated Production Technology, etc.)
      • Petroleum Technology
      • Instrumentation Technology
      • Electrical/Electronic Technology (Electrical, Electronics, Mechatronics, etc.)
      • Mechanical (Compressor Technology, Diesel Maintenance, Industrial Maintenance, Industrial Technology)

Selection Process


For some vacancies, we conduct pre-employment assessments to identify job-specific behaviors required for our positions. Candidates who are selected for these assessments will be notified via e-mail and sent an Online Assessment (OLA) link. Some candidates may then be invited to a proctored, skill-based assessment after having passed the OLA. Candidates who are selected for the skill-based assessment will be notified via email and sent an invitation to self-schedule an appointment.

Please note that if you have successfully completed our test battery in the past 5 years, you are not required to re-test; we will have your successful scores on file. If you have been unsuccessful, you will not be permitted to take the assessment within 4 months of your last assessment date.

Final Assessment

Those candidates most closely meeting the hiring requirements will be contacted to schedule an interview. If you are selected, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to register yourself for the interview time that works best for you. Those who are not selected will also receive an e-mail notification. The interview is behavioral based and may also include a technical component

At the completion of the Testing Phase, candidates who meet the minimum test score requirement will be assessed, and those who most closely meet Shell’s hiring criteria will be forwarded to the Operations Hiring Team for review.


Candidates selected for a "Conditional Internship Offer" will receive an offer package and detailed instructions on completion requirements. You should focus on completing all requirements as soon as possible. Candidates who do not successfully complete all the required background, medical and reference checks prior to the start of the internship may not be permitted to begin the internship.

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