Investing in our future workforce

California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) and its member companies invest in a program to prepare students for careers in energy through internships. The successful program, which uniquely prioritizes recent high school graduates who may consider transitioning directly to the workforce, began in the summer of 2016.

CIPA, in collaboration with energy companies and school districts, implemented a first-of-its kind program that placed students in a paid position to gain work experience and learn science, technology, engineering, and math (S.T.E.M.) skills.

CIPA visits various high schools to expose students to the possibility of careers in the energy field. Students then participate in field trips to production facilities in the Los Angeles basin. The candidates from this pool are chosen to apply for the internship program.

Candidates are selected from Kern, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara Counties.

The rigorous selection process includes submitting essays and letters of recommendations, as well as a panel interview conducted by CIPA and member company representatives.

The interns are housed in dormitories so that they also experience living in a college-like setting.

To learn more about becoming a host company or sponsoring the program, click here.

Students or schools interested in participating in the program may learn more by clicking here.

The program’s 2019-20 timeline is available by clicking here.

CIPA Internship Concludes its Fourth Year

August 2019

This summer marked the conclusion of the California Independent Petroleum Associations (CIPA) Energy Academy’s fourth year. The internship culminated with the six interns showcasing their skills with a power point presentation highlighting the six-week program. Transforming from wide-eyed newbies to seasoned workers, the summer interns provided member companies, sponsors, and supporters with information about what they learned, how the internship has impacted their lives, what they can and will take away in the future and suggestions for improving the program.
The audience of 30 admired the interns’ use of humor and industry lingo to define how the oil and natural gas industry has impacted their overall perspective on many of the things that were stressed from day one, i.e. timeliness, paying attention, work safety, what it means to depend on a colleague and have him/her depend on you, and responding to professional correspondence electronically. One could feel the overwhelming support for the presenters as all six provided a unique outlook on their experience. The CIPA internship presents an exclusive opportunity to introduce recent high school graduates from rural and inner-city areas to an industry they mostly only know about at the pump.

CIPA’s summer internship is a one-of-a-kind program, unmatched in the state, and possibly the nation. Its success is only due to the support from its member companies and the sponsors/supporters who view this internship as “added value” to the industry. Exposing these young people to what we do, how we do it, and what measures we are required to follow via safety allows a new age of ambassadors on behalf of the industry. We want to thank the following entities for their unwavering support for this goal that includes:
Participating member companies who had interns this year or in the past

  • California Resources Corporation (CRC), led by Katherine Layus, Astrid Acuna and Marcus Castro
  • E&B Natural Resources, led by co-coordinator Amy Roth, Priscilla Manning and Kelsey Padilla
  • Sentinel Peak Resources (SPR), led by Christine Halley and Karen Miller
  • Nalco Champion, led by Raymond Watson, Mirna Carranza and David Keys
  • Macpherson Energy, led by Claire Pagnini

Workshop and activity coordinators:

  • Financial Literacy workshop, Brown Armstrong led by Ryan Nielsen
  • Resume writing & Interviewing skills workshop, Macpherson Energy led by Claire Pagnini
  • Power Point Presentation, Grade 6 Oil led by Eric Dhanens
  • Dinner with the Councilman, led by Bakersfield City Councilman Willie Rivera
  • Swim night, led by Christine and Kent Halley
  • Bowling night, led by Katherine Layus and Courtney Cameron of CRC

Our sponsors who contribute their resources and lend their expertise to make our program successful:

  • Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)
  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, Craig Moyer, Dana McMurray, Carla Cogan, Emma Petievich
  • Stoel Rives LLP, Michael N. Mills
  • Commercial Global Insurance Services of California (CGIS), LLC, Kristen Kang
  • Kern Economic Development Foundation, Michelle Taylor
  • Catalyst Environmental Solutions, Daniel Tormey, Ph.D., P.G.   
  • Californians for Energy Independence (CEI), Julie Dozier, Ingelise Guy
  • California State University, Bakersfield, Evangelina Medina
  • Seneca Resources, Kelley Erisman
  • The Termo Company, Ralph Combs

The above mentioned are those who without their commitment, the CIPA internship program would not be the success it has become. Class four included the following interns and the companies they were employed by: 

  • Ms. Malaysia Hollinquest, E&B Natural Resources
  • Ms. Cristina Bautista, California Resources Corporation (CRC)
  • Mr. Mark Miranda, California Resources Corporation (CRC)
  • Ms. Marcela Medina, Sentinel Peak Resources (SPR)
  • Mr. Leonel Barboza, Sentinel Peak Resources (SPR)
  • Mr. Mohamed Kyanza, Nalco Champion

From all accounts, this program’s fourth class has made an indelible impression on their summer colleagues, mentors, coordinators, and those they came in contact with. We look forward to CIPA’s fifth year of providing one of the most exclusive experiences in the energy field. Thank you to all of our supporters and, most of all, our class four interns.











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