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An Assessed Internship is an excellent way to get to know Shell from the inside. Immerse yourself in the Oil & Energy industry and decide what career is right for you.

Lasting typically 10-12 weeks, your time in an assessed internship will see you having a full day-to-day involvement in actual projects selected to match your interests and abilities. You will join a project team and work alongside Shell employees who are all professionals in their fields. To ensure that you will get the most from the experience, a supervisor and a mentor will support you directly while you undertake regular assessments throughout your internship. Their perspectives will contribute to your understanding of the business, and its demands and rewards.

Shell Assessed Internships at a glance:

  • Typically 10-12 weeks in your chosen business area
  • A real project with a significant level of business impact
  • Discovering which skills you need to develop through constructive feedback
  • Building valuable networks and contacts for future career opportunities

Internship process

  • Mentoring and Coaching

    When you join us, you will have a mentor and a supervisor to guide you throughout the internship. Your supervisor will provide day to day guidance and support whilst your mentor, acts as a sounding board, providing experienced advice and support. Your mentor is usually someone senior in your line of business.
  • Mid Internship Review

    A meeting will take place mid-way through your internship with your supervisor and mentor. The purpose of this meeting is to review whether you have met the milestones set at the start of the project, to provide you with feedback on your performance to date and to give you examples of where you are doing well and areas for improvement, using the CAR framework.
  • Internship Outcome

    If the overall evaluation of your internship meets our minimum employment standards, we will seek to identify a suitable position on the graduate programme for you.

Why Shell

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Energy Transition Challenge: Searching for New Energies

Energy fuels both the global economy and our everyday lives, and with a global improvement of living standards and population growth, we are seeing the continued rise in demand for energy. The big challenge is how to provide much more energy while at the same time significantly reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This is what we call the energy challenge.

Working towards a low carbon future

We recognise the significance of climate change, along with the role energy plays in helping people achieve and maintain a good quality of life. A key role for society – and for Shell – is to find ways to provide much more energy with less carbon dioxide. This global energy transition therefore requires a huge undertaking – producing and consuming energy in a different way. We need to design our economies, communities and lives to thrive on these energy systems.

Explore one of the most innovative companies in the world

There has never been a more exciting time to work in the energy industry.

With a career at Shell, you’ll have a part to play in uniquely innovative projects which will provide unbeatable experience.

We have a track record of world firsts, from Shell Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant, to Prelude, the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas facility. These aren’t just engineering achievements. They are a product of a business that genuinely prizes progress, where you will be constantly encouraged to explore new ways of thinking and working.

A World Class Company needs World Class Talent

We’re also one of the world’s best-known brands. With around 92,000 employees in more than 70 countries, we operate on a scale few can rival. You’ll have the opportunity to work with brilliant people from all around the world, sharing expertise and points of view that will enrich your experience.

The scale of our challenge is exciting too. Global demand for energy is rapidly rising, and outpacing supply. We offer a Graduate Programme that will develop both your professional expertise and your leadership potential. Where you will work and learn as an integral part of a talented global team and be inspired by where your career could take you.

About the Internship

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Developing Future Leaders

We’ve designed the Shell Assessed Internship to give remarkable students and graduates like you a real role in our business, whether you join in our Technical, Commercial Business, and or Corporate Functions area. We will provide you with the support that you need to succeed whilst completing your internship.

Real Projects to work on

  • The internship will focus on completing a major project with clear deliverables and outcomes
  • Businesses identify projects that have real business need where you will need to make an impact
  • Projects vary yearly

Supporting you along the way

  • A mentor and a supervisor will be assigned to you to provide you with regular and structured feedback
  • The on-boarding process will allow you to familiarise yourself with the company businesses
  • An on-boarding event together with all other interns

Why we call it an Assessed Internship

  • During an Assessed Internship, you will have a formal mid-term review with your mentor and supervisor. At the end of the internship, you will have to sit for a competency based interview. You’ll also be asked to prepare a final presentation about your project.
  • Following the successful completion of the assessments, you will be offered an Employment opportunity in a full time role.

Comprehensive Financial Rewards and Benefits

  • Your internship will include financial rewards customised for you
  • There are onsite facilities such as the gym and subsidised cafeteria that you can use

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Opportunity for you to join our Graduate network, Energie, and other Employee networks at Shell
  • Be part of a diverse and connected global network with opportunities to stay connected after your internship

What we look for

Throughout the application and assessment process, you will be assessed using the following criteria:

CAR Criteria:


  • How well you absorb information, analyse problems, make fact-based decisions and propose innovative solutions.


  • How well you get things done, for example your drive, resilience, self-confidence, and organisational skills.


  • How well you work in teams, communicate and respect others

Entry Requirements.

  • To apply for the Shell Assessed Internships, you must be in your penultimate year of study at a recognised University.
  • For our all our Technical roles, you should have obtained or be studying towards a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification. For our Commercial and Corporate roles, you should have obtained or be studying towards a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • There are no specific academic requirements for grades at A level or GCSE equivalents, however we do expect candidates to have a strong academic record.
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"My assessed internship with Shell was a fantastic opportunity which gave me real life exposure to the energy industry, Shell’s culture and organisation and the various scope of work that Shell undertakes.

I developed a wide breadth of knowledge in such a short period of time which has not only enhanced my understanding but has also played a key part in my current position on the Shell Graduate program. During my internship I developed diverse relationships and built a strong support network which made settling in to the company so much less daunting to what I had anticipated. The overall culture was very welcoming and It wasn’t long before I could make a positive impact here as part of the team."

Vanessa Nta,
Exploration Geoscientist, Geoscience

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