Internship Program

15-Aug-2019

By: Samantha Magee

For the last year and a half, Danos has partnered with customers and technical schools to provide an internship program for students looking to gain experience in field work. Since its inception, the program has had 12 interns. So far, it has a 100 percent success rate, meaning each intern has found permanent job placement upon internship completion.

Danos Training Manager Becky McManus has been the point person for the program and says that it all got started as technical schools saw a gap in job placement for graduates because they didn’t have experience. At the same time, the schools struggled with enrollment after their students weren’t finding job placement.

“In communicating with our customer, we saw alignment on all fronts from training, to diversity, to finding new skilled workers,” said McManus.

The program typically consists of a six to nine month placement, with a 14 day on and off rotation on site. The schools adjust their curriculum to allow for the student’s absence. Schools currently participating in the program are Fletcher Technical Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College, Nicholls State University, Coastal Bend Community College and South Louisiana Community College.

Bailey Gaiennie participated in a nine month internship with BHP. She heard about the internship through Fletcher, when a department head asked if she would be interested in going offshore. After graduating from Fletcher in May 2019, Gaiennie has accepted a full-time job as an operations technician with BHP.

“The internship helped me build on what I learned from the classroom and gave me the experience I needed to get offered a job,” said Gaiennie.

The industry downturn saw many people choose other career paths or leave oil and gas altogether. According to McManus, programs like this one are more important than ever because “the experienced talent is leaving or retiring, and we don’t have the people with necessary skills to fill these positions,” she said. “This creates a huge need and incentive for all parties to get involved. We need to develop new people and get them interested because the industry is running out of talent.”

  • Contact Becky McManus to learn more about the internship program.

Samantha Magee

Samantha Magee joined Danos in 2018 as media relations coordinator. She serves as Danos’ point of contact for communications targeting customers and the communities where we live and work. Prior to joining Danos, she worked as a fundraiser at an independent school in Houston, TX, and also worked at the LSU Foundation. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.


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