Pioneer students of the Centre of Excellence in Offshore and Marine Engineering at the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, have commenced the mandatory six months’ research internship with Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company.
The research internship is a key requirement for the award of the Master of Science degree after a year of academic work, according to a statement.
Four students are working with SNEPCo, three with Total Exploration and Production Nigeria and the remaining three students with BW Offshore in a successful collaboration between industry and academia, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, which is the sponsor of the centre, said in the statement.
The General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, SPDC, said, “The research internship enables the students to have critical industry-experience, hands-on practical training and opportunity to undertake post-graduate research under competent industry supervisors and working with state-of-the-art facilities.
“The programme enables us to graduate industry-ready young Nigerians and domicile in-country several services usually provided by expatriates.”
The Director, RSU CoE, Dr Ibiba Douglas, was quoted as saying, “All 10 pioneer students of the centre have commenced internship in the respective companies to which they are engaged and after the internship phase in December 2019, the students, on their return to school, will defend their MSc. thesis in order to graduate.”
According to the statement, eight postgraduate students of another SPDC JV-sponsored Centre of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Benin, who recently concluded the compulsory six months’ internship with the SPDC, have described the experience as “a landmark in their careers.”
Orilade Success, writing on behalf of his fellow interns, was quoted as saying, “The past six months have been a landmark experience in our careers. We have taken note of the learning and feedback and, moving forward, we won’t let you down as ambassadors of this reputable organisation. This is certainly a step in the right direction for all of us.”