CRC Hosts Virtual Summer Internship Program
California Resources Corporation (CRC) believes in investing in our youth. We champion education programs that enable students from our diverse communities to learn and be inspired about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the oil and natural gas industry. We are also proud to provide technical training opportunities to help the next generation attain good-paying, high-quality jobs.
This year, CRC hosted our Summer Internship Program virtually due to the pandemic. CRC recruited talented students from universities including CSU Bakersfield, CSU Long Beach, USC, Colorado School of Mines and The Master’s University. Most interns were pursuing a Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree in the fields of Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Marketing, Political Science or other related disciplines.
To provide our interns with an immersive and valuable experience, CRC managers and mentors from across the company worked diligently to find innovative ways to communicate and collaborate with our interns, and assimilate them into our company culture and virtual workplace. Using online platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, CRC staff engaged the interns through daily check-ins and virtual “Intern Learning Series” meetings.
As a result, our CRC interns experienced worthwhile and fulfilling internships in the oil and natural gas industry. Following are key takeaways from a few of our CRC 2020 Summer Intern class:
“CRC has a great reputation in the industry, especially in terms of ethics and work environment, which is why I was excited to become a part of the CRC family as an intern this summer. I learned how to love the earth and everything it gives us at an early age, and I am proud to have worked in an industry that provides so many essential products for society and energy to power our communities. Through this virtual internship, I have not only been able to build on my technical skills, but I have also improved my interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. I am proud to have been given this opportunity to be a California Resource as the company builds its strength from their people-driven work force.” – Liselle Persad, Geoscience Intern, CSU Northridge
“I applied for an internship with CRC to get out of my comfort zone and work in a new industry I knew little about. CRC values efficiency and care for the environment, their assets, employees and the community, and they have a growth-mindset which makes me proud to be part of such a responsible, forward-looking company. The people at CRC helped me grow as an employee. During my time here at CRC, I learned how to communicate and collaborate effectively despite working completely remotely. My internship has taught me how to grow as a person in order to be an effective team player, which I can apply to all aspects of life going forward.” – Karah Welch, Reservoir Engineering Intern, Colorado School of Mines
“As someone who was raised in Taft, California, a small town surrounded by oil fields, I was always interested in learning about the oil and natural gas industry. During my time here at California Resources Corporation, I have learned that they invest wholeheartedly in their employees, especially during the global pandemic we are experiencing. I am impressed with how they provide amazing resources and champion employees and safety in everything that they do. Even with working virtually, this internship helped me learn how to work more efficiently with limited resources. This internship has been a great learning experience overall – it has taught me a lot about the industry as a whole and helped me better understand the hard work that goes into a company to successfully operate.” – Cristina Bautista-Vega, External Relations Intern, UC Davis
“I have always had an interest in the oil and natural gas industry and was excited to intern with CRC because they have a lot of opportunities to work in the Geoscience field. Even while completely working from home due to COVID-19, I learned so much and gained invaluable job experience that will help me in my future career endeavors. I am proud to work for a company that values its employees and interns, and in an essential industry that is crucial to keeping the world moving and healthy in a responsible manner.” – Cameron Gernant, Geoscience Intern, UC Santa Barbara
“I was originally motivated to apply for an internship at California Resources Corporation because of their important role in the California oil and natural gas industry. I am thankful to have interned here the past three summers, working on a variety of different projects every year. I have had the opportunity to see the regulatory, reservoir and completion side of all my projects which has broadened my horizon as a Petroleum Engineering major. I like that CRC provides their interns with hands-on experiences both in the field and in the office. CRC has taught me many valuable skills like critical thinking, collaboration and networking that I will be able to apply in my future professional endeavors. Working for CRC makes me proud to be involved with the oil and natural gas industry because of their dedication to the communities in the surrounding areas.” – Jordan Fortner, Reservoir Engineering Intern, Colorado School of Mines
“When I was introduced to CRC at my college career fair, I was instantly interested in working with a company that had such an inspirational set of morals. I first became interested in energy when I debated the topic in high school and I felt passionately about how misunderstood the oil and natural gas industry was. I appreciated seeing CRC work tirelessly to take care of its employees, the community and the environment during my internship. I learned how so many industries rely on the oil and natural gas industry and I enjoyed spreading energy literacy and educating to the public through my daily work. This realization gave my work purpose. This is my first job where I felt like I was doing something worthwhile and making a tangible impact on something bigger than myself.” – Emily Mullin, Public Affairs Intern, The Master’s University