Company Profile

Growing energy needs are the world’s biggest challenge.  To solve this in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible we need remarkable problem solvers, keen to make their impact.

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.

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.

Your opportunities:
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.

We have more than 15 different technical and scientific Areas of Interest to offer Engineering graduates ranging from Wells Engineering to IT, Geosciences to HSSE.  Whether you are a penultimate year student looking for a summer Assessed Internship or in your final year and applying directly to the Graduate Programme there’s plenty to choose from. 

Deadline for application is 31 January 2016 for Assessed Internships and 31 March 2016 for the Graduate Programme.  Review what’s currently available to avoid disappointment.

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.

Shell’s commitment to outstanding technical roles for women
We’re delighted to once again be awarded the privileged status of being in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015 - the only oil and gas company to make the list.

Shell scored highly for how we embed diversity into the roles, responsibilities and behaviours of line managers, for our fair and transparent pay processes, and for the impact our gender policies have on individuals and our performance culture.

Shell has a highly active Women’s Network to enhance coaching and mentoring opportunities for all our women. Our supportive culture, and flexible working practices, are benefits that all staff enjoy.

Enabling successful careers for people with disabilitie
Shell is committed to creating an environment that enables all employees to achieve their best, regardless of circumstance.

This belief underpins how we work with employees with disabilities.  We ensure you’re given a platform from which to reach your full potential and become the boundary-pushing innovators of the future.  

Our enABLE network also offers a forum to engage and share experiences. 

Discover how Bob Nolan, who is Deafblind, manages Shell’s European subsurface and wells support team across four sites. 

We encourage our applicants to declare any special needs you may have so that we can make reasonable adjustments in a sensitive way.

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The application process for our graduate programmes is rigorous, but is designed to support the most talented graduates in standing 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 (SRD) 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

Technical candidates attending an SRD will need to complete a technical case study.    

Top Tips:

  1. Ensure you check our website to see that there is availability in your chosen Area of Interest. We don’t have vacancies in every area, every year and some areas do get filled very quickly.
  2. 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.
  3. Also ensure evidence on your CV is quantified eg “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).
  4. 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!
  5. 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. 
  6. Ensure your achievements are not just academic.  All of our applicants can talk about academic achievement – think about how to make yourself stand out.


Fact File

Total Employees
90,000 across 70 countries

Primarily Aberdeen and London

Oil and Gas

Annual UK graduate intake

We have roles to suit graduates of all types of Engineering.

No minimum degree classification

Graduate scheme closing date
31 March 2016 (31 Jan for Assessed Internships)

From £32.5k (From £19k pro rata for Assessed Internships)

No minimum degree classification