Internships and Industry Connections

Each year, increasing numbers of CEPMLP students are taking the opportunity of participating in approved Internships (work placements) as an alternative to writing the Dissertation component of their taught degree programmes.

The Internship provides the student with the opportunity of applying in the workplace the knowledge and skills learned at CEPMLP, and it allows students to learn how professionals in the field perform their tasks.

Either 20 or 40 credits may be earned through the completion of an approved Internship. 

It is the student’s own responsibility to identify suitable firms, companies or institutions and to persuade them to offer an Internship. Staff may be able to offer limited guidance or support, but the Centre cannot guarantee to place students in a working environment either during or after their studies.

Four weeks would justify 20 credits (equivalent to one taught module) and two to three months would be needed to justify 40 credits (equivalent to the Dissertation).

The topic of work or research should be agreed in advance by the institutional supervisor and approved in advance by the student’s supervisor in CEPMLP. The objective of this is to ensure that a coherent and academically demanding programme of work is agreed beforehand. If it does not cause the student to draw on the degree course nor offer scope for personal development then it does not qualify – just working for a resources company does not automatically qualify.

Detailed guidelines on how to apply for approval to undertake an Internship and on the requirements of the student in producing an academic report based on the Internship are provided in the Student Handbooks.

Extract from the list of past participating organisations:

  • Anadarko Ltd, England
  • Anglogold Limited, South Africa
  • BP America, Houston
  • BP Exploration & Production, Aberdeen
  • BP plc, London
  • Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Paris
  • CMS Cameron McKenna, Aberdeen
  • Commonwealth Secretariat, London
  • ConocoPhillips, Venezuela
  • Coudert Brothers, London
  • Davies Arnold Cooper Solicitors, London
  • Denton Wilde Sapte, Moscow
  • Department of Petroleum and Energy, Papua New Guinea
  • Economatters, London
  • Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA, Ethiopia
  • Energy Charter Secretariat, Brussels
  • ExxonMobil International Limited, London
  • Gas and Electricity Markets Authority, London
  • Gaslink Nigeria Ltd
  • Hunt and Humphrey Project Lawyers, Western Australia
  • ICOE, Edinburgh
  • International Association for Water Law (AIDA), Rome
  • International Energy Agency, Paris
  • Interstate Commission for Water Coordinator (ICWC), Uzbekistan
  • J M Baxi & Co Shipping Agents & Stevedores, New Delhi
  • J Sagar Associates Law Firm, Oil and Gas Department, New Delhi
  • Kittiwake Developments Ltd, Sussex
  • KPMG, Dubai
  • McKinsey & Company Inc, Mexico City
  • Marubeni Europower Limited, London
  • Maurel & Prom, Paris
  • ‘MunaiTas’, Kazakhstan
  • National Oil Company, Libya
  • Nicaraguan Institute for Energy
  • Nigeria LNG Limited, Legal Department
  • NPIM (subsidiary of NNPC), Nigeria
  • OFGEM, London
  • OGDCL Exploration and Production, Corporate Legal Department, Islamabad
  • Oiltanking Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Oiltanking LP, Houston
  • Petrobras Energia S.A., Finance Section, Buenos Aires
  • Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Nigeria
  • Rio Tinto plc, London
  • Saudi Aramco, Business Analysis Department
  • Sagar Associates, Oil and Gas Dept, New Delhi
  • Severn Trent Water Authority, England
  • SPC Geoken LLP, Finance/Economics Section, Kazakhstan
  • The Economic Commission for African (UNECA), Infrastructure and Natural Resources Section (INRDS)
  • Thompson & Knight LLP, Brazil
  • Torres Plaz & Araujo, Caracas, Venezuela
  • TotalFinaElf, Aberdeen
  • UNCITRAL, Vienna
  • UNCTAD, Geneva
  • UNDP, New York
  • UNIDO, Vienna
  • United Nations Environment Programme (DTIE), Paris
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Germany
  • UNOCAL Netherlands BV
  • United Nations Office at Nairobi(UNEP)
  • Wintershall Nordkaspische Explorations und Produktions, Moscow
  • Wood MacKenzie Limited, Americas Research Team, Edinburgh

One-to-One Appointments

One-to-one appointments (up to an hour in duration) are bookable up to a week in advance.

Drop-in sessions (up to 15minutes in duration) run most days of the week between 12 and 1pm.

Internships and Industry Connections

Although we are unable to guarantee students an internship during their time at The University of Dundee (this responsibility is on each individual student) we are able to offer unique opportunities to our students through our connections. This last year alone saw students undertake internships with international energy companies, environmental organisations and specialist law firms. We can provide you with the tools to maximise the impact of your internship applications.

The Centre has a worldwide reputation and has established itself as a leader in the field of international business transactions and natural resources and energy law and policy. Students from the Centre have entered a diverse range of roles within the energy sector, which provides us with a wealth of experience to draw upon. Our global academic team draw from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines allowing an insight into many sectors from legal advice to tax consultancy allowing us to offer links with many fields through this extensive network.

CEPMLP is aware that, in what is currently a very challenging market, it is essential that students have an insight into the workings of the global energy and natural resources industry. The mentoring scheme aims to address the issue of having limited international experience by providing students with a Mentor whose prior experience can benefit them in their own career path.

This is a formal scheme that students must go through a selection process to participate in.

Applications are scored against set criteria and only the most motivated and dedicated students will secure a mentor.

Employer and Industry Events

These run throughout the year and vary from employer presentations to careers fairs and industry conferences.

Students have previously attended the All Energy conference in Aberdeen and students will attend the Offshore Europe Conference in September 2013.

CEPMLP works closely with the main University of Dundee careers service in order to offer a programme of employer events throughout the first semester including financial employers, and commercial organisations as well as energy organisations

Dedicated Seminars and Workshops

These are offered throughout the year on a range of topics such as writing effective CVs, completing applications, preparing for interviews and networking.

Online Careers Materials

Access to dedicated careers handouts, including tips on researching organisations and job hunting advice.

An online portal allows access to a range of resources including careers advice and tips leaflets, pre-recorded workshops, employer talks and vacancy information.

CEPMLP Buddy Scheme

Students can be paired with an alumnus currently working at a company of interest.