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2 min read | september 27, 2022

Left: Nicholas Pak, age 3, sits on his father’s desk at Chevron’s El Segundo Refinery. Right: Now 20, Nicholas sits on his own desk during a summer internship at Chevron’s Pascagoula Refinery.

On Christmas Eve 2005, 3-year-old Nicholas Pak joined his mother and baby brother for a trip to the El Segundo Refinery in California. His father, Johnny, a shift leader, was working late that evening. A visit from the children was the perfect holiday boost.

Nicholas, dressed in toddler trousers and his dad’s hard hat, somehow ended up perched on his dad’s desk, clutching a radio. For Johnny, it was a moment too good to pass up.

The photo op was prophetic.

fast forward

Seventeen years later, that toddler in a hard hat is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Alabama with a Chevron internship under his belt.

Nicholas spent this summer at Chevron’s Pascagoula Refinery as a design engineer intern. For 12 weeks, he marveled at the jobs he was given to learn.

“I didn’t expect to be given so much responsibility as an intern, but they let me dive right in,” Nicholas said.

Armed with his newly acquired technical knowledge from his college courses, Nicholas learned how to use piping and instrumentation diagrams, draft work orders in compliance with engineering and environmental standards and work with 3D model pressure vessels. Eager to learn, Nicholas embraced it all.

“To be honest, growing up I never considered a career in oil and gas. This summer I had the utmost privilege to intern with Chevron, and it has been a life-changing experience.”

nicholas pak

chevron design engineer intern

the more things change

Before he concluded his internship, Nicholas went to his own desk to recreate that memorable photo. This time, the hard hat was a good fit—and he looks forward to following in his father’s footsteps. Filling those shoes will require staying power, as his dad is now in his 33rd year at Chevron.

“I hope that one day I can return since Chevron truly exceeded my expectations and provided an overall impactful experience.”

Nicholas Pak interned as a design engineer at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery during Summer 2022

Nicholas Pak interned as a design engineer at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery during Summer 2022.

real interns take on real challenges

The Chevron Intern Program welcomes undergraduate and graduate students like Nicholas to work alongside colleagues in locations around the world, participate in real oil and gas projects and acquire practical skills in their chosen field. 

Along the way, interns get a first-hand look at how to work within our diverse, inclusive and collaborative workplace. They have multiple opportunities to:

  • Interact with senior management, other internship program members and alumni
  • Attend learning-centered presentations
  • Meet Chevron professionals and mentors
  • Tour our facilities

Best of all, we get to know the future talent of our industry and, perhaps one day, our company.

Summer interns meet and greet Chevron Chairman and CEO Mike Wirth during the 2022 Global Intern Town Hall.

Summer interns meet and greet Chevron Chairman and CEO Mike Wirth during the 2022 Global Intern Town Hall.

powering the future

Throughout our history, Chevron has found new, better ways to power the entire globe—because we can’t have energy without change, and we can’t have change without bright, young minds.

We look for critical thinkers, problem solvers and creative innovators to help us define what energy looks like today and tomorrow.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in our Chevron Intern Program, find us on the HANDSHAKE talent network, engage with us during recruitment events on campus or stop by our booth at an industry conference.

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