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Can I get an internship at BP if i'm in High School?

Asked by ShipwrecksInSand (173points) June 6th, 2010

Im 14, but ill be 15 in July. Also, do they pay?

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augustlan's avatar

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RocketSquid's avatar

I think for most internships you have to be 18 or over, especially for larger companies.

MissA's avatar

Generally, internships are not paid.

Silhouette's avatar

Here’s the link to their employment page the Internship link is down right now. Maybe it’s because everyone is busy cleaning up the little mess they made, then again, maybe not.

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kfingerman's avatar

Probably would have to know someone there unless they have some sort of program to give high school students work experience. Out of curiosity, why do you ask? And why right now?

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bongo's avatar

from what I know about internships with BP you need a degree therefore you are a good 7 or 8 years off getting an internship with them. some internships you actually you actaully have to pay them to do it (although I am not sure if this is the case with a company like BP) and the few that do pay you pay a stipend therefore is abnout half of what minimum wage is.
over summer I went to south africa and helped at a place called SANCCOB they have loads of oiled penguins and pelicans and stuff come in just from oil normally in the water from boats etc. they have also had to deal with loads of other oil spills in the area. you have to pay a bit to go help them as they are a charity but at your age that experience would be easier to get than to wait to get a degree to work for a disgusting company like BP.

If you live near their offices it may be the case that you could get a week work experience but realistically there will be alot of competition to get this and you are only 14/15.
dont let me put you off though! call them, or if you do live close go down there and ask if there is comeone you can speak to about it.

YARNLADY's avatar

For any internship under the age of 18, you have to get a work permit from your school, and your counselor can help you from there. It is against the law in California for anyone under 16 to work without a special arrangement from the school district.

Most companies will not hire anyone under the age of 18 because of the insurance liability.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Corporate internships generally require that you have completed at least your sophomore or junior year in college.

lilikoi's avatar

Don’t ask Fluther; ask BP.

breemars's avatar

I actually just finished an internship with BP this summer. The answer is no. They primarily do University recruiting which means they target juniors for future hires the following year. They do, however, have a business program in Europe where you are hired and work/train full-time while a freshman in college.

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