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. In addition to field work, the interns participate in group training, develop business skills, and benefit from interactions with mentors. The interns are housed in dormitories, so they also learn life skills and experience living in a college-like setting.
Candidates are selected from Kern, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara Counties. The selection process is rigorous, requiring letters of recommendation and two short essays, as well as a panel interview conducted by CIPA and member company representatives.
To learn more about becoming a host company or sponsoring the program, click here.
Schools interested in participating in the program may learn more by clicking here.
Students interested in learning more can find a flyer here.
To apply for the 2023 Energy Academy Program, please download and complete the application here.
The program’s 2023 application deadline is Tuesday, April 4, and interviews will be conducted in early May. The internship will run from June 17 to July 28, 2023.