Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies. With approximately 90,000 employees in over 70 countries, our aim is to help meet the world’s growing demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.
We deal with exciting challenges every day: How does oil and gas flow kilometres upwards under immense ocean pressure? Can a giant gas-to-liquids plant that needs water run in the desert? What will it take to turn natural gas to liquid at sea? Take a glimpse inside some of our major projects to see how human ingenuity pushes technical boundaries to safely deliver energy and help meet rising global energy demand.
Do you have the passion, the creativity and the drive to bring to life the innovations and projects that will become the future of energy?  We’re looking for remarkable graduates to join us on this exciting journey of discovery, pushing boundaries and exploring frontiers as we go. On the Shell Graduate Programme or during an Assessed Internship you’ll collaborate with some of the best minds in your field as you pioneer new ideas to help us meet future energy demands.
Shell is committed to innovation and invested more than $1.3 billion in R &D in 2013. Visit our Future of Energy pages to find out how Shell is shaping the future of energy through innovation.
A career with Shell is more than just a day job. It’s an opportunity to join a company that tackles the challenge of meeting the world’s rising energy needs, thanks to our people’s experience, expertise and innovative approach. Joining Shell could help you get more from your working life than you thought possible.
Your opportunities:
Within our structured Graduate Programme we have 16 different technical and scientific Areas of Interest to choose from whether you are a penultimate year student looking for an Assessed Internship or in your final year and applying directly to the Graduate Programme. On application for either route you are able to specify your preference for up three options, for example:
Technical - Asset Maintenance Engineering
Technical - Discipline Engineering
Technical - Geosciences
Technical - HSSE
Technical - Process Engineering
Technical - Production Engineering
Technical - Research & Development
Technical - Reservoir Engineering
Technical - Well Engineering
Shell’s commitment to outstanding technical roles for women
In 2013 we ran an event in The Netherlands highlighting technical opportunities for women within our business.  See what some of the attendees learned during the event.  Shell also has a highly active Women’s Network to enhance coaching and mentoring opportunities for all our women and our supportive culture, and flexible working practices are benefits that all staff enjoy.
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The application process for our graduate programmes is rigorous, but is designed to enable the most talented graduates to stand out.  After submitting an online application, you will be invited to complete our online assessments. Successful candidates are invited to a telephone interview.  The final assessment  takes the form of either a 12 week summer Assessed Internship (if you are a penultimate year student) or, for final year students, a Shell Recruitment Day at which around six candidates participate in both individual and group exercises.  
Through this process we will be assessing candidates’:  
Capacity – the intellectual ability to analyse and apply unfamiliar information to complex situations.
Achievement – the ability to identify and manage resources in order to deliver results.
Relationship-building – the ability to work within, and lead, diverse teams      
And, for Technical candidates, Technical expertise.
Top Tips:
Ensure you check our website to see that there is availability in your chosen Areas of Interest. We don’t have vacancies in every area, every year and some areas do get filled very quickly.
Make sure your CV demonstrates a commitment to your chosen Area of Interest, we often don’t mind what subject you’ve studied – especially for Commercial and Corporate roles – but you do need to give evidence that you have significant interest in the area you’ve chosen.
Also ensure evidence on your CV is quantified e.g. “I undertook an XX week placement at XXX where my project focused on delivering XXX (objective) in XXX (time) with XXX (budget).  I delivered XXX (tangible outcomes) and also greatly developed XXXX (skill/knowledge).
When doing the online tests get yourself to a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted, have a dictionary and calculator at hand, take a deep breath and be yourself. Don’t try and second-guess what we are looking for, integrity is very important!
If undertaking an internship, or every time you succeed in something, try to keep a few notes.  It might sound arduous, but it’s amazing how quickly your memory of the details will fade, and how valuable those details are in interviews. 
Ensure your achievements are not just academic.  We have 20,000 applications from students all of whom can talk about academic achievement – think about how to make yourself stand out.
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