oil company internships
Summer 2013 sees two of our students experiencing summer internships with major oil companies. Amberly Tobin, our 2013 Outstanding Senior, is in Houston with ConocoPhillips. She is working on source rock geochemistry and organic petrology, compiling Cretaceous source rock data. She gained experience in organic petrology and geochemistry working with Dr. Sue Rimmer, one of the few faculty in the U.S. teaching this subject. After her internship, she will be returning to SIU to work on her M.S. degree with Sue Rimmer.
Maggie McPherson Sanders, who completed her M.S. last year on the petrography of Antarctic coals (also with Sue Rimmer), is in Houston this summer doing an internship with BP. Maggie is working on a global source rock project, learning to use critical oil company software in a project that will help BP look for new source rocks. She is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at SIU, working with Dr. Ken Anderson in organic geochemistry. She also completed an internship with Shell while she worked on her M.S. degree.
Internships are a great way to gain experience with an oil company and to find out if this career direction is right for you. Many of the students who complete these internships ultimately receive job offers from industry after they graduate. We have a unique program here at SIU in organic petrology, and students who have worked with Dr. Rimmer in the past have gone on to work for major oil and gas companies such as Shell, Pioneer, and Chesapeake, and service companies like Core Labs.