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Exxon Mobil Corporation

Manufacturing Intern

May - August 2022 • Houston, TX

What I liked

Hands-on experience with meaningful projects that the business team actually needed progressed. This gave a sense of both the actual pressure and rewarding feeling of the type of work to expect after graduation.

What I wish was different

I wish Houston was colder.

Advice

Don't be afraid of relocating and trying new places and living on your own. The experience of having that much personal responsibility is as valuable as any internship.
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Crew

June 2018 • Westport, CT

What I liked

Coworkers and Hours

What I wish was different

Compensation was higher.

Advice

Network with people as it is a great way to get jobs and to stand out from the rest.
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Instrument Engineer

May - August 2020 • Spring, TX

What I liked

I loved getting to be a part of an R&D team for a major corporation like ExxonMobil! Even though I was just an intern, the work I was given felt like it had weight in the company. Also, there were 60+ other ExxonMobil interns in the Houston area that I got to hang out with and get close to which really helped with living in a new city.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a bit more time at the internship to fully finish all of the projects I was given. It's apparently normal to not be able to complete all of the work given to you at this company but I'm not a fan of leaving things unfinished.

Advice

If you have the opportunity to intern outside of where you normally live, definitely take it. The experience you get having to fully understand a new city and culture is incredible.
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Digital Intern

May 2021 • Houston, TX

What I liked

The ownership they give to interns is immense and provide very valuable experience.

What I wish was different

I wish the office was closer to downtown Houston where I lived.

Advice

Meet as many people as you can and learn as much about the company and industry as possible. Finally, work hard to deliver value!
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Revenue Management Intern

June - August 2020 • Houston, TX

What I liked

Very smart employees, very open-ended project, people willing to help you

What I wish was different

Wished it had been in-person, wish I had received a little more help with project as it was hard to do remotely

Advice

Make sure to reach out to as many people as you can in your internship
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Fixed Equipment Intern

June - August 2020 • Baytown, TX

What I liked

I liked the work culture. They work they had me do was what real engineers at their company were doing.

What I wish was different

I wish they were more transparent about their current economic situation. They made interns believe there was a possible to receive a return offer, however during the last week we learned they were oj a hiring freeze. They also will push you hard. You cannot slack off in your job without them noticing and calling you out for it.

Advice

ExxonMobil is a great company to work it. It is hard. They will push you a lot. But you are definitely rewarded for your hard work with high wages.
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Reservoir Engineer Intern

June 2020 • Houston, TX

What I liked

The accountability you have over your projects, as well as meaningful work and expectation to add value to the company.

What I wish was different

I wish I had the full internship experience, but because of COVID, there were limited intern activities.

Advice

Be confident in yourself and in your work.
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Commercial & Trading Summer Analyst Intern

June - August 2020 • Houston, TX

What I liked

Great learning experience, training resources and access to learning development software like Accenture, LinkedIn Learning, and more. Great compensation and exposure to many parts of the business.

What I wish was different

Advice

Meet with as many people as possible to learn about what they do and how they got there. You have to be a quick learner and research on your own, but don't be afraid to ask questions.
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Reliability Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Beaumont, TX

What I liked

I had independence in my project and I was able to see how my work was able to add value to the company. Everyone I worked with was very open and great to talk to, and the practical experience that came from working in a plant was very valuable.

What I wish was different

I wish that COVID had not caused a company-wide hiring freeze

Advice

While the project is a very important piece of the job, it is absolutely essential to meet and network with other employees and interns, especially those who do not come from the same educational or professional background.
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Project Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Baton Rouge, LA

What I liked

Great company to work for with real, challenging work from day one. I appreciated their relocation assistance as well, which was a substancian help and covered all travel expenses.

What I wish was different

Due to the ongoing pandemic, I had to finish the last few weeks of this internship remotely, which was unfortunate. I would have loved to spend more time in the field but was very grateful for the time I was able to do just that.

Advice

Do not be afraid to seek out expertise and mentorship, even if only during the short duration of an internship. It is important to challenge yourself and set your own pace as well.
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Operations Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Warrendale, PA

What I liked

The people that I worked with were great. The location was a lot of fun as well. They really helped me grow and learn and take on a project as a leader. I got to build great relationships and networks.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more interns there to connect with.

Advice

The key to getting things done successfully is the relationships you build.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Baton Rouge, LA

What I liked

The wide variety of opportunities and challenges available, my coworkers, and the salary.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Natural Gas Trading Analyst

May - August 2019 • Houston, TX

What I liked

I enjoyed being in a commercial role and being at the heart of the company at their campus.

What I wish was different

I wish the hours hadn't been so long.

Advice

Get used to setting your own timelines.
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Foundation Infrastructure Intern

May - August 2019 • Houston, TX

What I liked

My summer experience was very involved. My manager had me on calls with partnering companies and in meetings with team leads within different areas of the company. It was an experience that really showed me what work at the company is like on a day to day basis.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been give more information regarding my summer assignment earlier in advance.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to try something new or unfamiliar.
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Sales and Marketing Intern

May - August 2019 • Houston, TX

What I liked

It was clear that the company really cares about their employees and interns. The projects assigned to interns are challenging, but they are very rewarding because the interns have to figure out how to solve problems without instructions. While there are numerous resources and everyone is tremendously helpful, how to go about completing the project is up to the intern. The company hosted intern events such as trivia, scavenger hunts, a viewing of How to Train your Dragon with a live symphony, and a Houston Astros Baseball game. There were also numerous opportunities to network with executives and leaders in the company. Because the internship was at main campus and contained approximately 11,000 employees, there are so many different people with different experiences to talk to.

What I wish was different

There was very little about the internship that I would change, though I will say that without networking to the extreme, it is difficult to get a second internship or full time offer in a different role (e.g. going from downstream to chemicals or upstream to downstream). Supervisors and HR do their best to place you in a role that you want, but swapping business lines is difficult unless you network with someone who then wishes to hire you.

Advice

Networking is probably the most important for an internship. Succeeding in the project is critical, but supervisors actually encourage the interns to take coffee breaks and chat with someone from a different part of the company. Learning as much as possible will make the internship more rewarding and meeting new people can help lead to jobs.
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Gas Station Attendant

May - August 2019 • Mars Hill, NC

What I liked

The Boss

What I wish was different

I wish it would not have been as busy of a store.

Advice

I learned a lot and reccomend having a job like this for a while.
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Marketing Intern

June - August 2019 • Spring, TX

What I liked

Everyone I worked with was very smart and competent. I was doing real life work as an intern and I knew from day 1 that what I was working on was going to be implemented.

What I wish was different

There is very little career pathing for the future.

Advice

Ask questions! Ask people to lunch! Network as much as possible!
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Technical Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Houston, TX

What I liked

Being a part of a big corp, I think the enviroment of being professional would be the first impression.

What I wish was different

Not focusing too much on work and trying to balance between workload and relationship

Advice

Enjoy while doing internship at ExxonMobil, and take advantage of the huge resource that they provided and learn from it. I would recommend considering ExxonMobil as a long-term career.
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Civil Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • New Orleans, LA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Contact the company directly and do not use handshake or the career fair to get a job.
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Financial IT Intern

May - August 2019 • Houston, TX

What I liked

I loved the autonomy that I was given to do my project. My manager was the best and was always looking out for us. The pay and benefits were amazing. Houston is a great city with many things to do. The work was interesting and had an impact on the company. Your coworkers treat you like an employee and not just an intern. They provided tons of training and activities for interns. Accepted return offer very quickly.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been more proactive in the beginning of the project because I felt like I was scrambling to present at the end. I wish I had talked to more people on the job, so I could get a feel outside of Financials IT. I wish I had participated in more leadership or coordinated events.

Advice

One thing I would advise is taking the time to learn your project well. Not just your part. They did not expect knowledge right away, but they expect you to be able to talk about what you learned as a big picture. Ask as many questions as possible and if you need info get it at the beginning of the project and not halfway through.
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