September 20, 2017 by texasbbacareerservices
Name: Mackenzie Moore
Major(s): Business Honors, Supply Chain Management
Grad year: Spring 2018
Intern role/title: Marketing and Supply Intern at Valero Energy
Full Time: Commercial Development Program Associate at Valero Energy
Tell us about your intern experience.
The intern program I went through at Valero was incredibly intentional about our development. We were given exceptionally engaged mentors, got to present to senior management, met interns throughout the US refineries at Intern Symposium, and were encouraged to shadow all throughout the company. While I worked predominantly in two departments for my project, I was lucky to be exposed to and learn from several more all over the Commercial Floor and beyond. This began from Week One, when we trained for a week on how refining and the business operations behind it work, through Week Twelve, when we got to have a final lunch with senior leadership throughout the floor. Valero made sure to teach us more than just how the business works, but also how to find and pursue whatever opportunities we wanted.
Tell us about your experience living in a new place for the summer.
I visited San Antonio about once a year growing up and always loved the food, music, and culture of it. Getting to be immersed in that and explore with my co-workers was an adventure. From the Riverwalk to our intern-planned “Tour de Queso” to Japanese Tea Gardens, I loved the weekends I got to spend delving into a new city – plus if you love Austin too much (I get it, we’re Longhorns), it’s pretty close too!
How did you go about getting your internship?
I found the internship through RecruitMcCombs, however, my recruiting with Valero shows the power of persistence. When I dropped my resume, I technically did not qualify for it but knew it was exactly the type of experience I wanted (there was a short while when I switched to Marketing, although I ultimately switched back to Supply Chain). I followed up the recruiter and was able to secure an interview that way and am so thankful for that opportunity.
What classes do you think were the most valuable in getting your internship?
OM 338 (Optimization) and MIS 301 – Excel skills were invaluable through this internship and these two classes really prepared me to speak on those skills and then use them every day!
What advice would you give to others as they search for an internship?
If you find something that you think will be perfect for you, be persistent and show that you have the skills they need. Remember that not every resume drop or interview is going to work out – all you need is one and sometimes the opportunities you don’t get point you toward something that will be even better for you.
Can you describe how your interview went?
My Valero interview was mostly behavioral. I truly felt Valero’s culture for working hard and giving back to the community in the interview itself. Attention was drawn more to the volunteer experiences I had and the leadership experiences I learned from than specific projects.
What were the hardest questions they asked in your interview?
Truthfully, I remember less about the specifics of the interview and more about the connections I made with my interviewer. There was something different about my Valero interview than those I had with other companies – it was truly a two-way conversation. I wasn’t just selling myself to them, but I was telling my interviewer about the hopes I had for my career, the things I was passionate about, and they were doing the same.
Please share your general career advice?
Don’t follow the path you think has been set up for you – do what you are passionate about. There is no “McCombs Path.” Remember that you are taking the first step into what will be a long future and that you should like what you will be doing and, just as importantly, the people you will be working with.