DOHA: Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Limited (Oxy Qatar) announced the success of its summer internship programme.
High school and university students took part in the programme starting late May through August.
Interns from Qatar and schools abroad worked in departments, depending on their majors and/or interests.
Each intern was trained by a departmental mentor who guided them through their internship. High school students were involved in a week-long internship while university students benefited from a four- to eight-week internship.
Stephen Kelly, President and General Manager, Oxy Qatar, said: “The programme accepts students from various disciplines and schools. Our goal is to provide real life work settings to prepare them for after their academic years. This year in particular, the students’ End of Programme presentations were of excellent quality.”
The programme provides an enriching experience for students, enabling them to enter the workforce. It offers training, orientation sessions and field trips for a hands-on professional experience. At the end of internship, each student gives a presentation to senior management about skills they have acquired and how they will ease their transition into the work field.
Mousa Abuhelaiqa, a mechanical engineer, Texas A&M University at Qatar, said of his internship in the Drilling Department: “My experience was very rewarding and unique. Not only did I get insight about what mechanical engineers do in the oil and gas sector, I also got to the opportunity to participate in presentation skills and safety courses that would enhance my overall background knowledge as an engineering student.”
Positive feedback from interns included satisfaction with the atmosphere at Oxy and the readiness of the mentors to guide them through their time in the company. Self-growth and development was a common feedback among students. Summer intern Sara Alzadjali said, “Such experience has given me the opportunity to grow professionally, which will further help me in my academic and personal life. I have built confidence within the last few weeks that has helped me work better and produce positive results”.
Skills students obtained have given them the opportunity to excel outside the workplace too. Nouf Al Kaabi, a student at Qatar University, majoring in finance, said: “The new software I learned about is good! I think I will continue to use it for my university projects and would suggest it to use it at school. Different cultures respond to things differently, so to work effectively and efficiently, we need to understand the cultures of the people we’re dealing with. The Working Effectively Across Cultures training will help me in my life, especially when communicating with professors, friends or employees from any firm.”