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Marathon Petroleum Company LP

Mechanical Engineering Intern

January - May 2022 • Anacortes, WA

What I liked

I loved being the project manager on my own projects. I was left to complete the jobs on my own time and pace, but everybody at the refinery was always willing to help me move the projects forward.

What I wish was different

If you are offered an internship, ask your recruiter if you can reach out to your mentor/supervisor before your start date. Reaching out to your supervisor beforehand will allow you to ask questions about the job, expectations, and workplace culture.

Advice

Always ask questions. At every refinery I’ve interned at, people are always happy to help.
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Supply Chain Intern

August 2020 • Garyville, LA

What I liked

Seeing the differences between working onsite as opposed to corporate. The majority of my experience has been in a corporate facility so it has definitely been different.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have gotten to see the refinery at 100% capacity, but obviously that was not possible due to COVID.

Advice

To get as much experience as possible. You can take all of the classes you want, but you will never be positive on what you want to do until you get a job.
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Office Assistant

May - August 2019 • Findlay, OH

What I liked

The people I worked with, office atmosphere

What I wish was different

Nothing, it was great!

Advice

N/A
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Environmental Co-op

August - December 2019 • Findlay, OH

What I liked

I was given the opportunity to explore a field different than my Chemical engineering major by working in the environmental group at Marathon Pipe Line. I traveled to several field locations, and came to realize that most employees hold themselves and their coworkers to very high health and safety standards. The work ethic along with the inclusive and friendly culture makes it easy to create a network of coworkers and learn more about the industry.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more experiences that related to work in my major, but that would probably be more applicable in a more traditional chemical engineering role, such as a refining engineering position.

Advice

Making connections with others and not being afraid to ask questions/ask for more work to do was the key to making the most of my time at Marathon.
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Process Engineering Co-Op

May - August 2019 • Robinson, IL

What I liked

I really enjoyed applying my education in a practical form while gaining exposure to a refinery.

What I wish was different

I wish it would have been a fall or spring session, as I would have had an additional month to work on more projects.

Advice

Stay focused on yourself and work hard. Asking questions, both big picture and specific, as it shows you are truly engaged and interested in maximizing your education.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

I enjoyed the trust that my team placed with me to complete work that helped the company. I was given consistent, significant work and felt I added value in my position.

What I wish was different

I wish I had gotten a bit more consistent feedback from my leadership.

Advice

Use your experience from other opportunities to show your worth. Also, don't be afraid to talk about your leadership experiences at school and share your experiences with your co-workers and leadership.
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IT Developer Intern

May - August 2019 • Findlay, OH

What I liked

Work load and challenging tasks

What I wish was different

Faster Onboarding

Advice

Be open to new experiences/tasks
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Executive Administrative Assistant

July 2019 • Phoenix, AZ

What I liked

Getting to know the processes of asphalt technologies, as well as serving my co-workers and the community, have been my favorite parts of this job

What I wish was different

I would have liked to work off-site from home. Much of the job has been online via email or phone.

Advice

It takes a certain type of female to work in the male dominated petroleum industry. Being self-assured, staying positive, and focusing on developing your people skills can take you far as an administrative assistant.
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Accountant Intern

May - August 2019 • Canton, OH

What I liked

I liked the work I was given because I got to use my problem solving skills while I learned about the main products of the refinery. My coworkers were very nice and always open to answering my questions.

What I wish was different

I wish all the interns from the different departments were given one location to live together, because it would be easier to build relationships.

Advice

Learn as much as you can from your coworkers because they have a ton of experience!
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Supply Chain Management Intern

May - August 2019 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

The amount of responsibility given and amount of knowledge gained.

What I wish was different

Was given many projects that did not allow me to really sink my teeth into a couple but broad view of many instead.

Advice

Be prepared to ask questions and be able to manage your time.
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Conference Services Intern

January - May 2019 • Findlay, OH

What I liked

I loved the independence I was granted with within the Conference Services team. I felt like a true member of the team, and was trusted with large responsibilities. The final project for my internship was to plan and execute a large conference on my own. This hands-on experience allowed me to leave this internship feeling confident in my meeting and event management skills. Additionally, MPC puts a lot of effort into their internship program. When I moved to Findlay, I knew no one, but the company works to plan social and educational events for the interns outside of the office to make the most of your experience with the company.

What I wish was different

Nothing. I had a great team that held me accountable for producing the best work I possibly can.

Advice

Attention to detail, ability to communicate to a large variety of people, and a sense of professionalism is needed for this position. Frequently, you are interacting with executives and it's important to have a sense of professionalism.
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Information Technology Intern

May - August 2019 • San Antonio, TX

What I liked

I was given the opportunity to expand my knowledge in data science and cloud services.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more information before the start date.

Advice

It's okay to be nervous when you start, nobody expects you to know everything! Just keep asking questions and be ready to learn.
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Accounting Intern

May - August 2019 • Findlay, OH

What I liked

Marathon is a very large company, so there are lots of different departments to shadow as an intern.

What I wish was different

I wish there would've been another intern in my department because I sat by myself and sometimes got lonely.

Advice

Shadow as many different professionals in different departments as you can.
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Accounting Intern

May - August 2019 • Catlettsburg, KY

What I liked

I think that it was a great way to experience the real accounting world. My coworkers were some of the best people and they really made the job fun!

What I wish was different

I think my experience was the best it could have been.

Advice

Taking a job outside of your general interests is a good thing because you can then see if you want to keep those interests as hobbies or actually pursue working in those fields.
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Refining Environmental intern

May - August 2018 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

Really enjoyed the people, the refinery, and the location.

What I wish was different

It was a great opportunity, wouldn’t change anything.

Advice

Build relationships with everyone you work with.
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finance intern

May - August 2018 • Findlay, OH

What I liked

The work really mattered to the day-to-day functions of the company.

What I wish was different

Advice

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SAP Analyst

January - May 2017 • Findlay, OH

What I liked

The work experience and the value-given work

What I wish was different

Location

Advice

Shadow as many employees as you can to get a feel of the company as a whole not just your department.
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Refining Mechanical Engineering Co-op

May - August 2017 • Galveston, TX

What I liked

Responsibility, benefits, project management role, educational resources provided

What I wish was different

More guidance and interaction with experienced engineers

Advice

Work ethic is most important, everyone takes time to get over the learning curve
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Technical Service Co-op

August - December 2017 • Catlettsburg, KY

What I liked

I had the opportunity to work as a tech service Co-op during a turnaround in the alkylation unit. This ment I got to inspect the inside of the distillation towers, heat exchangers and all other vital equipment to the unit. This gave me an excellent learning opportunity to better understand how this equipment operated and a better overall knowledge to relate my classroom material.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Technical Services Co-op

August 2017 • Catlettsburg, KY

What I liked

Marathon truly treats their co-ops as if they were full time employees. You are assigned to true engineering projects and you are pushed past your academic comfort zone, which allows you to grow as an engineer. It is a really challenging and rewarding experience.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had taken a few more chemical engineering courses before working this co-op (separations, fluids, etc.) so that I could appreciate and apply skills that I learned in class to industry.

Advice

Communication and initiative are key with any co-op or internship. Practicing these skills will set you up for success in any industry.
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