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Anushree Singh is a 3rd year Undergraduate pursuing a B.Tech in Civil Engineering.
Interning at the world’s largest Oilfield Services Company was quite an experience and one which is going to hold a major significance for the rest of my life. Here at Schlumberger, I worked alongside some of the brightest minds across the world. It was pretty amazing realising the fact everything here was so technologically advanced. They develop their own technology and use it within the company. It came as quite a surprise to me that they were the ones who introduced SIM cards and invented petrol pumps!
So going back to how it all began, starting with the recruitment procedure. We had a resume shortlisting followed by two HR rounds. I feel my background in civil engineering, energy sciences and Inter IIT sports helped me get hired (There is a misnomer that Schlumberger takes up interns from Inter IIT Sports background but it’s not quite true. Although physical fitness is important for the work of a field engineer).
They look for a person willing to take up challenges, making decisions independently, working under immense pressure and willing to travel. The job of a field engineer can be extremely taxing physically and mentally and hence it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Schlumberger encourages an intern to be self-motivated and take the initiative to talk to the employees and learn as much about this industry.
I had a very steep learning curve during my internship and I feel I got to learn a lot in depth about the oilfield industry which may not have been possible otherwise. My posting was in the Wireline segment at Nerul base, Mumbai which is around a 45-minute drive from IITB.
One thing that sets this field of work apart from others is that very early on in your career as a field engineer, you are given the responsibility of making crucial decisions independently. Starting with the inspection of tools till the completion of logging process, the entire responsibility is of the field engineer to ensure that the job is done correctly.
The job involves high risk and hence before working with any equipment, we are given proper safety training.
Accommodation was on a self-managed basis and for travel we had the company bus. The working hours for interns were pretty relaxed, 8:30am- 4:30 pm, five days a week. We got to work on real projects (some technical, some not) which were to be implemented in the company. That kept us busy for the entire duration. They target on grooming the interns as potential field engineers and offer PPO’s to those who want to continue in this field.
It was just a 4 week internship which is good in a way as it leaves room to try out something new for the remaining duration. Overall interning at Schlumberger was a fun experience for I got to learn a lot of new things and also because I had some really cool co-interns and mentors.