A select group of aspiring students have won the chance to experience life at Qatar’s largest oil producer, Maersk Oil Qatar (MOQ), as winners of its Future Leaders Internship competition. The nine lucky winners were chosen from more than 200 applicants across Qatar’s high schools and universities, to complete a coveted internship position at a company that offers world-class learning and development opportunities.
As a technical innovator, the company continuously encourages young people’s interest in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), with a view to building careers within Qatar’s important energy industry after graduation.
At the company’s headquarters, interns were given a comprehensive induction to MOQ’s business in Qatar – meeting with senior management and gaining insight into the company’s daily operations – and how it produces one third of Qatar’s oil from its largest and most complex offshore oilfield, Al Shaheen.
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During their 1-2-week internship, students were assigned mentors from across the business, to help them gain the most out of the experience and they met with Human Resources personnel to understand potential industry career paths. Each spent time within different departments; Mechanical; Electrical; Controls and Instrumentation, to learn about how these teams collaborate with each other to deliver projects on time and on budget. And the students were also given a dedicated talk on the many social investment activities MOQ is undertaking in Qatar, that are making a real and positive impact in the areas of health, education and the environment.
The competition was open to high school students aged 15-18 and university students. Entrants were asked to write a 500-1000 word paper, in English or Arabic, on the impact of the oil industry on helping achieve Qatar’s National Vision 2030, or its role in the country’s development over the past 20 years.
The competition received entries from Supreme Education Council schools and from students at Qatar University, Hamad bin Khalifa, Texas A&M, Georgetown, Northwestern and Carnegie Mellon Universities. Winners were selected by a judging panel made up of members of MOQ’s senior management, who looked for demonstrable commitment to the pursuit of a future career in science and energy among the selected students.
The internship competition further supports MOQ’s ‘Find Your Place’ recruitment campaign, which aims to attract more Qatari employees into the industry and to develop leadership and senior specialist skills. MOQ was recently recognised for its efforts in supporting the nation’s Qatarisation efforts; winning the crystal award for ‘Overall best support to Qatarisation’ at the annual Qatarisation Review Meeting of the Energy and Industry Sector’s Strategic Qatarisation Plan this year.
The selected winners are:
- Aaser Sadek
- Ahmad Albinali
- Alhanouf Al-Muhannadi
- Amna Al-Hitmy
- Aysha Khalil Al-Asmakh
- Kholoud Khaleel Al Shiba
- Maryam Al-Darwish
- Munazza Sayed
- Salem Ali Salem Alathba