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Valero Energy Corporation

Cash Register Operator

May - August 2019 • Wheelersburg, OH

What I liked

Meeting people, seeing regulars

What I wish was different

Nothing it was great

Advice

Be respectful to everyone especially retail workers.
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Rotating Equipment Intern

May - August 2019 • Norco, LA

What I liked

Valero is a great company. They have a very robust and structured intern program with mentorship assignments. The interns work on real projects going on in the plant and we get treated like full time employees. There is always someone to go to for questions such as your mentor or other staff. Overall, I had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend Valero!

What I wish was different

Advice

Ask lots of questions, take interest and initiative in your projects, and be professional is some advice I would recommend.
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Marketing Intern

April - August 2019 • San Antonio, TX

What I liked

Great company who cares about you. Given a great summer project that actually mattered to the company. Employees cared to help you with anything you needed.

What I wish was different

Nothing to be honest. It was fantastic.

Advice

Use your personal network to get the positions at the company you want to work for.
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Retail Salesperson

May 2015 • Redding, CA

What I liked

Fun coworkers, fast paced.

What I wish was different

No upward mobility, and not in my career field.

Advice

Do what you have to do to finish school! Getting a job or internship in your field is ideal and valuable experience, but if nothing else, just having a job will help ease the financial struggle. Even if you don't need the money now, it might provide a cushion for something unexpected later. Even if the job isn't in your field, there is always valuable experiences to be gained (teamwork, conflict resolution, how to act professional, etc.) Don't spend your summers idle. After you graduate, some employers WILL ask.
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Process Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Benicia, CA

What I liked

I liked the work I was given. They were real projects that needed to be done and had real impact. I enjoyed the education I received there. The people were great. The location was awesome.

What I wish was different

Cost of living was expensive.

Advice

Work hard and also take time to reach out to connect with people.
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Planning and Economics Intern

May - August 2019 • San Antonio, TX

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Make sure you understand what your supervisor is expecting and work hard.
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Information Services Intern

May - August 2019 • San Antonio, TX

What I liked

I loved the people and how well the company integrates you with activities and work together.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had more insight from managers on paths to take and more technical knowledge.

Advice

I would say always meet with your manager when you can and give them updates. You should always be curious and wanting to learn new things.
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engineering intern

May 2019 • Vernon, IN

What I liked

The industry roles of mechanical engineers

What I wish was different

More mechanically based work.

Advice

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Process Operator

March 2019 • Corpus Christi, TX

What I liked

Teamwork and learning about hydrocarbon refining

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Work hard and stay motivated
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Process Engineering Intern

April - July 2019 • Memphis, TN

What I liked

I loved my department. Everyone was extremely helpful in answering the many questions that I had. The work was very much similar to what I’ve been learning in my Chemical Engineering classes and there were tons of opportunities for hands on experience.

What I wish was different

I honestly wish I could’ve stayed longer and had more projects with more variety. It would’ve been cool to shadow people in different departments for a day or so.

Advice

Be self motivated and really work hard on finding solutions before you go ask your boss or mentor. Don’t be afraid to talk to anyone.
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Process Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Port Arthur, TX

What I liked

Meaningful projects to create tools that are used every day. Understand the business side of engineering decisions Mentoring program In the field opportunities daily Good safety culture Good work environment

What I wish was different

At times work load got slow but if you are persistent people will find extra projects for you.

Advice

Make a good impact early on, get to know your coworkers, and never be afraid to ask questions or for extra responsibility
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Reliability Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Three Rivers, TX

What I liked

I did real, useful work that would have existed independent of my internship. Valero has a great internship program and provides good training for interns.

What I wish was different

When I finished my main projects, I had to do some digging to find more that I could effectively do before the internship ended.

Advice

Ask questions! People at Valero are very willing to answer them, and you'll understand things a lot better if you ask.
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Process Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Dumas, TX

What I liked

Everyone at the Valero McKee refinery was very helpful. I met a lot of great people who all had great knowledge about the industry.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have found out about Valero sooner!

Advice

Never be afraid to ask questions as an engineering intern, but also make sure to demonstrate initiative and self-reliance.
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Mechanical Reliability intern

May - August 2019 • Benicia, CA

What I liked

It was a fun work experience where I truly got to use my skills to accomplish tasks. I wasn't a coffee runner or a peon but rather i did real work on real projects making a difference in the company.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a better understanding of the industry before I showed up.

Advice

Always prepare before talking with any company.
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Process Controls Intern

May - August 2019 • St Charles, LA

What I liked

I liked how the culture at Valero was very welcoming and I was doing important projects, not just meaningless tasks.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship could have been a little longer.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to try different things when you’re in the refinery. If someone asks you to go somewhere with them, definitely go because you will learn something new everyday.
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