Internships - UK

Working on real projects and learning all about the oil and gas industry, there’s no better route to a BP graduate career than an internship

Each year, we recruit interns across virtually all the disciplines into which we recruit graduates – and many interns go on to get a graduate job with us. By joining, you’ll work alongside highly qualified and experienced colleagues, getting involved in live projects and operations using the latest technology. You’ll also gain the technical and personal skills you need for a successful career, while earning a competitive salary and learning about the real world of business.

As an internship could lead to a graduate job at BP, it’s a good idea to seek an internship in the area you hope to get a graduate job in, as you will be moving through the full graduate recruitment process before receiving your internship offer. If you do well in your internship and in a review meeting with your Line Manager and an Assessor at the end, you could return to university for your final year with a job offer for the following September.

Our paid internships last for a full 12 months or for 11 weeks over the summer months and are primarily targeted at students in their penultimate year of study. There are exceptions if you are taking a specific sandwich degree course, such as our chemical engineering one-year internship, which is open to students for year three of a five-year sandwich course.

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Intern rewards and benefits

Pay and bonuses – salary of £25,000 (pro-rata for summer interns) plus possible location allowance.

Share plans – BP share schemes may be open to you, depending on the length of your internship.

Holidays – one-year interns receive 25 days’ paid holiday leave, plus bank holidays; summer interns receive 0.5 days per week (typically 5.5 days in total), plus bank holidays. 

Sports facilities – some BP locations have their own sports facilities or have arranged reduced rates at local facilities.

Networking opportunities – work and social activities will help you to build networks with graduates and understand graduate life at BP.

Discounts – on a range of goods and services, plus a subsidized restaurant at most BP locations.

Employee assistance programme – free support and counselling for you and your family in times of need.

Training and development

A first-rate programme of formal and on-the-job training starts with an induction event introducing you to the intern community and the wider activities of the BP Group. This is followed by offline and online courses appropriate for your specific internship project as well as a presentation skills course designed for all interns.

A variety of projects are also available for you to sign up to over the summer from social media activities to project poster competitions to social engagement events with graduates.

Hear from our interns

UK interns 2014

UK intern newsletter 2014

UK intern newsletter 2014

Internships are a fantastic opportunity to learn about BP and the nature of our work.