Nexen Energy ULC

Nexen Internship

Position title
Project Controls summer student
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
1,501 to 2,000
How long was your work term?
4 months
Work industry
Natural Resources
Internship/co-op type

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Very impressed
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Not really
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

I liked the people. The work I was doing was somewhat administrative in nature, but I believe this is because I was a summer student and people were not willing to invest as much in me. I also felt that they maybe thought summer students didn't know anything but I came with 2 years of oil and gas experience.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

Lack of responsibilities.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

Don't let a manager lead performance related activities when they are not the person who will be assessing your performance. My review was done by my manager who never oversaw my work, while my lead was very active in coaching me.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Company gym

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Work types Location
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Have fun and ask lots of questions! People are very willing to help, but the nature of summer student roles may limit your experience.