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Nathan Voogt

Employer: ConocoPhillips Canada
Position: Student Environment: Reclamation and Remediation
Location: Calgary, AB
Duration: May 3 to August 13, 2004

My main responsibilities this past summer involved data input and management, consultant communication, and some program management. I spent a lot of time updating the company's database of reclamation and remediation projects with current information. This involved extensive use of Microsoft EXCEL and the company database Life of a Well, which is based in Microsoft Access. I organized consultant meetings for project file reviews. The reviews that they were conducting were in conjunction with a project transfer that I coordinated over the length of my work period. I also spent time reviewing project reports such as Phase I and Phase II reports from the consultants and advised them on further work to be done.

My overall experience this summer was quite enjoyable and I gained a lot of useful skills. ConocoPhillips provides many training and learning opportunities and encourages its summer students to take advantage of the available programs. The environment group that I worked with was especially supportive in allowing for me to participate in a variety of activities, even some that did not directly relate to my position. One of special note was the opportunity to join a consulting company for their new hire training where I learned about soil and water sampling techniques, soil classification, and general remediation practices.

My internship was very useful as a stepping-stone for further career opportunities and skills development. I would recommend it for people who are interested in the oil and gas industry in anyway as you learn about so much more than just reclamation and remediation.