US early engagement programs

Real-world opportunities for students

You are the future of the energy industry

That’s why we offer high-achievers the opportunity to get up close and personal with our business. Whether you join us in science or engineering, business or trading, you’ll know you’re making a difference.

Spending time with us while you’re still studying is a brilliant way to learn about our business and gain hands-on experience. By participating in a program you’ll be able to speak to our people, ask questions and sample our unique culture.

BP Scholars program

BP knows you’re the future of the energy industry. That’s why we’re looking for high-achieving candidates to join our scholarship programme. 

If you want to pursue a career in one of the areas below, you could be awarded a $5000 BP scholarship towards your undergraduate studies. We’ll also offer you the opportunity to visit one of our offices so you can experience at first-hand what life’s like at BP and gain a different perspective of the industry.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered as a BP scholar, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree majoring in science, technology, engineering, math or business areas of study at one of our core or specialist universities.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have the legal right to work in the U.S. without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA requirement or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • To be selected as a BP scholar, candidates must complete an online application form and virtual interview. All applications will be evaluated based on academic record, essay response, work experience, demonstrated leadership and community/extracurricular involvement.

BP STEP program

Applications are now closed

Gain real-world skills in leadership before graduation. This is an opportunity to develop your networking and leadership skills outside the classroom, and to make yourself a more marketable candidate in the future

What to expect

The BP STEP (Shaping Talent, Energy and Potential) program provides a unique opportunity to gain real-world skills in leadership before graduation. You’ll also gain valuable insight into the energy industry.

During the program you’ll:

  • Network with BP executives, employees and current interns.
  • Engage in leadership workshops.
  • Hear from inspiring speakers.
  • Meet like-minded students from across the country.
  • Receive a $500 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to one of BP’s key locations.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for this program you will be a first or second year undergraduate student, majoring in engineering, science or business.

And you’ll need to have the qualifying 3.2 GPA.

We’re looking for students who demonstrate high potential, have strong academic and extracurricular backgrounds and who have a well-articulated interest in BP and our industry.

Sophomore experience

Applications are now closed

Supply and trading is the commercial face for BP. Its role is to provide commodity trading, risk management and information technology skills for the business.

What to expect

This exciting, all expenses paid, week-long program delivers a unique opportunity for you to learn about life in BP trading.

During the program you’ll be exposed to our corporate culture and values.

Experience is gained through a mix of:

  • Presentations
  • Hands-on trading demonstrations
  • Case studies
  • Networking and evening events around Chicago

Eligibility criteria

This program is open to current sophomore students who will be rising juniors, with a strong interest in business and trading.

There are no degree requirements however you’ll need a minimum 3.2 GPA.

We’re looking for students who demonstrate high potential, have strong academic and extracurricular backgrounds and who have a well-articulated interest in BP and our industry.

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