I am senior civil engineering student at Colorado State University and will be graduated May 2015.
I was fortunate enough to have an internship with SBM Offshore during the summer of 2013.
SBM Offshore is a company based out of The Netherlands, with a headquarters in Houston, Texas. This company focuses on providing FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) oil ships that extract oil from deep to ultra-deep zones in the ocean floor. During my time at SBM, I developed a technique to maintain patents and intellectual property. I collaborated with the Sales & Marketing, IP, and Engineering teams to get the process developed in three months. I also worked on capture plans, bid proposals, and research for the Leviathan project, to be set place in the eastern Mediterranean, by Noble Energy.
Besides thoroughly enjoying the experience, it was a great opportunity for me to learn the business side of a company and to work with and collaborate with a variety of professionals in the engineering business.
Being able to develop a patent- managing process on my own was extremely satisfying and certainly built on my self-confidence.
I recommend every student try to do at least one internship during their academic year to gain additional practical experience.