3 Paid Internship Programs
For College-level Students
Business & Engineering
Spring or Fall Co-op
Join Our 'Top 100' Intern Program
This is where skills and passion can drive innovation and excellence! Collaborate with a team of field operators, console operators and unit managers to unlock the secrets of optimization and troubleshooting. Provide technical guidance to propel operations forward, and learn to become an integral part of a team-driven environment.
Help ensure reliability and responsible production of Valero’s fuels! Get hands-on experience in our compliance efforts and emissions tracking while managing daily calculations and staying at the forefront of regulatory updates.
Controls Systems Engineering
Play a vital role in supporting the critical infrastructure of our operations – our controls and instrument activities. Dive into a world of specialized hardware and software platforms, and gain hands-on experience in their implementation and maintenance. When challenges arise, interns will build troubleshooting expertise to ensure seamless operations and maximum efficiency.
Become a key player in safe and reliable fuel production! Interns work hands-on to investigate equipment operation and maintenance, and analyze performance to enhance reliability. Get ready to implement solutions that drive results, reduce reactive maintenance and move our company forward.
Develop, lead and execute on planning for a diverse range of capital expense and maintenance projects. Interns have a front-row seat to experience timely and efficient project execution as they drive innovation and excellence within our operations. Make a difference in shaping the future of Valero’s projects and the future of our industry.
Electrical (Power) Engineering
Help drive safety and reliability within Valero’s industrial power distribution system. Interns develop equipment design specifications, conduct engineering design reviews, and provide essential technical support during startup and commissioning to drive refinery projects forward. Learn to lead electrical reliability improvement initiatives and make a lasting impact on the critical power system behind our refining operations.
Controls Systems Engineering
Be a driving force to optimize refinery operations! Interns work at the forefront of cutting-edge process control development and implementation in a plant-distributed control system. Develop innovative options to enhance efficiencies and enhance the performance of important refinery process controls.
Gain technical expertise to handle the specification, design, purchase and commissioning of cutting-edge process instruments in a refinery setting. Dive into the world of instrumented systems design, including programmable logic controllers and safety-rated logic solvers. Learn to investigate instrument performance to strengthen reliability within our operations.
Safety is the foundation of Valero’s success in the energy industry. Interns in this area gain hands-on experience in supporting projects and assessing the safety impact of process changes and chemicals. Develop a trained eye for compliance as you maintain important safety records that demonstrate Valero’s commitment to a safe and secure environment for our employees and our communities.
Process Safety Engineering
Play a pivotal role in supporting the development, implementation, review, audit, promotion and revision of Valero’s Process Safety and Risk Management Program. Learn the importance of our safety culture and how we integrate safety processes into everything we do.
Step to the front lines of Refinery Turnaround and Capital Project teams during key planning, construction, commissioning and start-up phases. Safety, health and environmental impact evaluation will be a priority as you help oversee equipment and personnel during project execution. Team Valero interns play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth and safe execution of refinery projects.
"The idea that I got to come into work every day and make the refinery better was inspiring, and knowing my work will be implemented in the future motivated me to do my best."
Information Services (I/S)
Enterprise System Development (Technical Developer)
Develop innovative solutions and maintain essential business software used across our global operations. Gain hands-on experience creating innovative solutions that drive efficiency and propel our company forward.
- Platforms used at Valero include: Java, C#, .Net, SQL Server, Oracle, SharePoint, SAP, ABAP (and others).
Functional (Business Analyst)
Collaborate with business units and end-users to understand needs first-hand, and develop innovative technology-based solutions. Use and grow your insights and analytical skills to tackle market challenges head-on. Be part of a team that innovates high-impact solutions for operations and teams across our organization, delivering results that provide a competitive advantage in the energy industry.
Infrastructure & Operations
Valero’s digital infrastructure is essential to our global operations. Build frontline expertise as you help design, build and support critical computing resources, including servers, storage, data centers and networks. Gain new perspectives and innovative problem-solving as you create the right digital infrastructure for reliable operations and synergy across multiple business areas.
Commercial Supply & Trading
Be part of a dynamic team at the commercial epicenter of Valero’s supply and trading! Interns who excel in fast-paced, team-driven environments work collaboratively with Valero’s subject matter experts to complete special projects that are ultimately presented to senior management. Internship projects will be assigned from four key areas:
- Product Supply and Trading: Trade products and manage inventory positions based on the market conditions, forecasts, production schedules and logistic constraints to keep terminals supplied and refineries balanced.
- Crude Oil Supply and Trading: Generate financial gains by buying and selling barrels of crude to supply the refineries.
- Transportation (Rail and Marine): Coordinate the most cost-efficient shipping activities between marketing, plants and customers.
- Wholesale Marketing: Interact with customers and distributors to ensure that refined products are sold into markets that generate the highest profit.
Accounting / Audit
Learn the inner workings of large-scale accounting and audit efforts, applying key concepts and principles in multiple areas to develop the right skills to succeed today in a global business environment.
The Accounting ongoing internship is a rotation program in which interns are assigned to various departments throughout the internship. The program spans at least a year, with rotations occurring every 6 months. Rotations include positions in the following departments:
· Bulk Finished Product Accounting
· Corporate Audit
· Corporate Tax Accounting
· Ethanol/Refining & Analysis
· International Products Accounting
· Inventory & Yield Accounting
· Sales & Use Tax Accounting
· Secondary Accounting
· Vendor Invoice Management & Analysis
· Wholesale Refined Products Accounting
· SOX Compliance
· Accounting Information Systems
Play a vital role in supporting the heart of our company – our people! HR Interns are located at our refineries and corporate office and are an essential part of site-specific recruiting efforts, ensuring we attract the best talent to fuel our success. Get hands-on experience and support the development of training materials to empower our workforce with knowledge and skills.
Develop expertise in the development, review and communication of company practices and policies, fostering a positive work environment. Extract data from various systems and provide basic summary reports on key trends. Assists with designing and administering surveys as needed. Additionally, you'll prepare reports to provide critical insight for informed decision-making.
HR Interns at our refineries will learn the importance of working with labor union representation, as well as handling personnel issues with professionalism.
Legal interns play a crucial role in supporting the preparation and review of vital documents, including pleadings, affidavits, contracts and trial notebooks. Gain hands-on experience attending client meetings, depositions and court hearings alongside in-house and outside counsel representing the company.
Put legal research skills to work as you explore areas of law and prepare legal communications in close partnership with company representation. Demonstrate excellence in workflow and record-keeping as you maintain and organize important department files.
- Risk Compliance: Assist with review of company policies, contracts and give policy input for system projects. Prepare and provide support for monthly ROCIP reporting.
- Claims: Review daily reports to identify potential property recovery matters. Develop, prepare and provide support for system projects and closing of files for storage.
- Risk Finance: Support website updates, gathering information and data input for system projects and monthly accounting entries.
Interns in this role draft corporate policies, reviews and assists internal investigations into alleged fraud, waste or misuse of company resources. You will critically analyze complex facts and business processes; such as procurement, disbursement, travel expenses and timekeeping.
Communications & Multimedia
Supporting the voice of a global energy company means developing accurate, compelling content and narratives for a variety of teams. Interns work alongside corporate communications and multimedia experts to support department projects and key internal and external messaging strategies. Learn to execute key assignments and support goals and objectives through multiple communications. Intern roles can be assigned to the following teams:
- Corporate Communications
- HR Communications
- Design Services (Graphics)
- Forecasting & Investments: Assist with debt administration and cash forecasting and budgeting. Conduct cash forecasting, budgeting and investment analysis. Support corporate peer and customer financial analysis, ratios and metrics.
- Wholesale Credit: Reconcile accounts, prepare exposure reports and analyze customers' financials and metrics. Assist with team projects, as needed.
"There is a ton of room to grow here, and everyone wants you to succeed. You get to work on projects that are applicable Right Now and for the future of the company."