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Engineering Interns 
Begin your engineering career with an internship at one of Valero’s refineries. With a mentorship program and many exciting projects, the Valero Internship Program has much to offer students. Engineering internships typically are summer opportunities beginning in May and ending in August.
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Valero is looking for students majoring in chemical, mechanical or electrical engineering to fill intern positions at its refineries.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.
  • Attending a four-year accredited university is mandatory.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Engineering interns must have the ability to work a 40-hour week during the summer, including some nights and overtime as necessary during peak times.
Intern Benefits
Valero is proud to offer competitive benefits to all employees, including interns. Engineering interns at Valero can expect to receive:
  • Competitive salaries based on education status (i.e., junior, senior)
  • Relocation assistance for students whose permanent address is farther than 60 miles from their work location
  • Wellness programs that help maintain a healthy work / life balance
  • Education and training opportunities that encourage growth and development
  • A mentor who will guide you throughout the internship
  • Social events, volunteer opportunities and an intern symposium held at the Valero headquarters in San Antonio every summer
Engineering Projects
Valero interns have the opportunity to work on many exciting projects at refineries.
  • Examples of intern projects include: catalyst loading, Veritech energy modeling, RHA revalidations, maintenance repairs and installations, mechanical seal upgrades, salt filter designs and bio-solids processing options.
  • Mentors and managers work closely with interns to ensure safety and answer any questions along the way.
  • Engineering interns are provided performance goals prior to beginning a project and evaluated at the end of the internship.
  • Engineering interns are required to give presentations at the end of their internship to supervisors and refinery leadership.

The Valero Engineering Technical Excellence Program (ETEP) is available to all full-time, early-career engineers, with courses including: Basics of Refining, Safety in Process Design, Coking / Hydrocracking, Wastewater Treatment, Interpersonal Relationships and Technical Writing.
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