Written by: Sarah Marsden
It’s just a little over a week until I load all my belongings into my cramped car and my head is spinning with thoughts….what clothes do I need to pack? Where can I rent furniture? And is it true that people can survive wearing long pants to work in 100+ degree heat? I’m anxious about the 19 hour drive to Houston, Texas but I am really beginning to get excited about all the things I hope to get out of this new experience.
My name is Sarah Marsden and I’m a first year graduate student in the Master of Labor and Human Resources program here in the Fisher College of Business. I graduated from Ohio State last June with my undergraduate degree in Business, specializing in HR and decided to go straight through to graduate school. I currently enjoy working with undergraduate students as a Career Consultant in the Office of Career Management here at Fisher and in my free time, I figure skate with the Ohio State Figure Skating Club. This summer I will be working at Shell Oil Company, the U.S. subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, as a Human Resources Intern in the Global Functions Department.
Shell is a huge global company employing 93,000 people in over 90 countries and territories worldwide. Although Shell’s global headquarters is located in the Netherlands, I will be working at the U.S. corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas. Although I don’t know the details of my position yet, I do know that I will be working on four major projects in the areas of Talent Management, Recruiting and Diversity and Inclusion. Although I’ve had a couple of HR internships in the past in both retail and manufacturing, I have never worked in the oil industry nor moved this far from home so I am really looking forward to this wonderful opportunity!
Ok…work life aside, I’m a little nervous but also excited about adjusting to a completely new city and trying as much southern food as possible! I’m looking forward to getting to know my new roommate; another Shell Intern from Michigan…Michigan State that is! And most of all, I want my internship experience to be different than any other experience I’ve ever had. Keep posted for more updates! Good luck on finals!