Are you an impressive college or university student who wants to learn more about the energy industry? An internship or student development role at Plains may be for you.


The Plains Internship Program is one of the industry’s top formal training programs, providing post-secondary students with an opportunity to learn and develop the skills they need to pursue long, successful careers in the energy industry. We are seeking highly motivated students that are working toward a bachelor's degree in a related field and possess solid academic credentials along with significant extracurricular involvement.

Strong written and verbal communications skills are key to our business as well as having strong attention to detail. Students must demonstrate effective planning and organizational skills, proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite of products (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and a strong desire to learn more about the North American oil and gas business.

The Plains Internship Program is primarily focused in the Houston and Calgary corporate offices. In Houston, the program is a structured 10–16-week program starting in May and ending in August. In Calgary, internships are structured in 4, 8 and 12-month cycles and are offered year-round. The program provides interns with:

  • Challenging assignments with practical, on-the job experience

  • Valuable hands-on experience in the Oil and Gas industry

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • An opportunity to explore future career options with Plains

An Intern's responsibilities are dependent on placement within the organization and availability of roles. Opportunities may be offered in, but not limited to, the following disciplines:

  • Accounting

  • Finance

  • Commercial

  • Land Administration

  • Legal

  • Human Resources

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Business Development

  • Engineering

  • Operations


  • Post-secondary student working towards a Bachelor's degree in a related field

  • Solid academic credentials along with extracurricular involvement

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Effective planning and organizations skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft products (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

  • Strong desire to learn the Oil & Gas business


Plains offers students a variety of graduate opportunities, both in our Calgary office as well as at our various field locations. Young, talented interns throughout our business are considered for graduate opportunities in two specific rotational programs:

Commercial Emerging Talent Program

The Plains Commercial Emerging Graduate (PCET) Program is an immersive program where students are given the opportunity to rotate through various groups as analysts, exposing them to many different experiences in a short amount of time. The PCET program offers students a well-structured, transparent approach that gives every analyst equal opportunity to succeed. We encourage students to create their own path and help to guide their careers accordingly.

Engineer-in-Training (EIT)

The Engineer in Training (EIT) Program is designed to accelerate the professional growth and development of participants by exposing them to the various engineering areas within Plains. A mix of formal training, mentorship and engineering group rotations allows participants to develop a broad understanding of our business operations. It also ensures they receive the necessary training and exposure required to achieve their Professional Engineering (“P. Eng.”) or Professional Engineer (“PE”) accreditation. Successful candidates for the EIT program will have the opportunity to rotate and spend up to two years at one of our field locations in Canada.

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