November 19, 2012

A record number of LSU engineering students gained intern experience at the world’s largest corporation this summer, as recently named by Fortune’s Global 500 list for the world’s largest corporation. College of Engineering participants exemplified Shell’s internship program and showcased why LSU students are among the best and brightest being recruited by the top global companies. 

“We need talent. Shell looks for highly qualified people and will develop those we find for a successful career,” said Tom Broom, campus manager for the LSU Shell Campus Recruiting Team. “LSU creates the foundations for students that industries can build upon.” 

Shell’s summer internship program involves students included in real projects specifically matched to their interests and abilities. Working for Shell, LSU interns operate in professional teams with company employees and get an inside look at the energy industry. Many successful internships have resulted in a full-time position at Shell after graduation.

One of these successful interns is Amanda Schneck, mechanical engineering senior, from Mandeville, La. Schneck is very well connected with Shell including: holding a Shell scholarship, attending Shell’s drilling camp and having completed an internship at the MOTIVA/NORCO refinery.

“I love how much Shell invests in LSU students,” Schneck said.

Austin Cooley, mechanical engineering senior, from Sibley, La., internship included working with Shell’s facilities design team in New Orleans, La., and spending three days offshore. Cooley was impressed with Shell’s emphasis on safety.

While Schneck and Cooley’s internships were around Louisiana, many students participate in Shell internships outside of Louisiana. Emily Enclard, petroleum engineering senior, from Abita Springs, La., worked with Shell’s Completions and Well Exploration team in Denver, Co. and worked on the evaluation of design alteration.

Besides Enclard, Mandy Garrett, petroleum engineering senior, from Mandeville, La., also worked in Denver, Co., helping drilling engineers meet ERA regulations. Garrett will begin working for Shell in Denver this coming July. 

“Shell wanted me, and I am grateful to have added value to Shell,” Garrett said. 

In Pittsburgh, William Portas, petroleum engineering senior, from Gautier, Miss., worked with Shell’s Completions Engineering Team and identified cost savings for the company.

Portas said that the top three things he learned were that “experience counts more than its weight in gold, you can’t do it on your own and you need a team.”

“It takes a while to get used to a new place, but I felt very welcomed in Pittsburgh,” Portas said.                  

Not only does Shell offer LSU students various internships throughout the country, but they also support the University throughout the year.

The annual Shell Campus Blitz took place on Friday, August 17, 2012, at the LSU Faculty Club. The LSU community met with Shell representatives and Shell interns to discuss the company’s relationship with LSU and to receive a generous check for $151,500.

From that gift, $79,520 will go to the College of Engineering including: $17,500 for the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering to recruit competitive students, support critical thinking teams and research opportunities; $4,850 for the Division of Electrical & Computer Engineering to support senior design projects and student scholarship funds; $17,500 for Mechanical Engineering’s 3-2 Accelerated Master’s Program and laboratory teaching assistants; and $20,000 to the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering’s undergraduate students to support their computer lab, senior design course and student experiences with reservoir, production engineering, drilling and well-log analysis. In addition, $18,920 was given toward the College’s Office for Diversity Programs to help sustain the Recruitment into Engineering of High-Ability Minority Students program (REHAMS) and Diversity Ambassadors.

LSU’s College of Engineering thanks Shell for their continued commitment to education through their generous support of the state’s flagship school.


Article written by Eric Camaradale, communications intern. For more information, contact Cassie Thibeaux, College of Engineering, or (225) 578-0092.  

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