Great Experience

Position title
Engineering Project Management
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
4,501 to 5,000
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Fort McMurray, Alberta
Work industry
Project Management

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Went smoothly
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Was your work challenging and engaging?
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Very helpful
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

I really enjoyed being at the Base Plant site and getting to go out into the field to see the projects that I was working on. The project management work I was doing helped me to strengthen my communication, organization, and excel skills, and I got to do some managing of a project myself. I was able to get some exposure to other areas/departments of Suncor, which was really great as I got some more technical experience. There were lots of opportunities to volunteer and engage with the communities in the area as well, which was something I was quite impressed with.

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: 

My leaders were very receptive to my questions and easy to talk to. I got some great feedback and was encouraged to step outside my comfort zone in doing work that I haven't done before.

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?
Describe the office environment/culture.

Everyone was nice and easy to talk to. Not as much social happening outside of work since it was on site and not near any restaurants or anything like that, but I did go out to wing night with people from work a few times.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Employee discounts/rewards Free coffee Volunteering day

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
I applied to the summer Aboriginal Student Program so the job listing was open to all backgrounds.
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?
Reputation Recommendation Work types Cultural fit
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions and get some exposure to other areas/departments.