Early years experiences

Is BP right for you? Gain more confidence in your decision and more insight into the energy industry through our early years experiences

Our early years experiences are programs designed to give high-potential students like you valuable insight into the energy industry and to help you cultivate critical career skills that go beyond the classroom.

Discovery Days


Each year we host a number of distinct Discovery Days for students from select universities and conferences. The themes and activities may vary, but the goals are the same – expose you to the broad opportunities and diversity of ideas that make the energy industry such an exciting career choice.

Why participate?

You’ll gain valuable, real-world experience through leadership workshops, networking opportunities and career skill-building sessions. Plus, you’ll enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to one of our key operating locations.

The Application period for the 2014 Discovery Days program has now closed.  Please check back in the Fall for additional opportunities.

Integrated Supply & Trading (IST) Sophomore Experience


The Sophomore Experience is an introduction to the dynamic world of commodities trading. This exciting, week-long training program at our downtown Chicago office gives students an inside look at the supply and demand side of our business.

Join some of the best traders and staff in the energy industry to learn about trading using market fundamentals, as well as technical trading. You’ll participate in simulations, case studies and other hands-on activities to develop your understanding of the business and economics of energy. You’ll also get to build your professional networks through evening events that highlight the best of Chicago and our people.

 “The week was amazing and provided a great look at the company. I am definitely interested in a career at BP and will remain in touch with all the people I was fortunate enough to meet this week.” – Arun, 2013 Sophomore Experience attendee

Timeline
Online applications open January 2014
Application Deadline March 1st 2014
Selections completed April 1st 2014
Sophomore Experience Week June 9-13th 2014

The Application period for the 2014 Sophomore Experience program has now closed.  Please check back in the Fall for additional opportunities.

Ultimate Field Trip


The Ultimate Field Trip is an international team competition we run each year for science and engineering undergraduate and graduate students. This exciting event offers you the chance to tackle a real-life energy challenge – one that will help us to meet the world’s growing demand for energy safely and responsibly.

Gain deeper insight into the challenge of energy. Enjoy exposure to BP leaders and employees. And, if your team proposes the winning idea, embark on a two-week, all-expenses-paid experience, joining winners from other parts of the world.  Previous UFT winners have gone on to BP locations in the UK, Norway, Trinidad & Tobago, and, of course, the US.

It all begins with your team competing on campus to solve an energy challenge. If your team becomes the campus champion, you’ll be invited to our Houston office to present your idea to BP leadership, competing with other finalists representing their universities. And if your team wins, you’ll be off on the Ultimate Field Trip!

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