Learn about the student experience at Cenovus

We're looking for enthusiastic high achievers who are looking for real-world experience while being mentored by some of the industry’s most talented people.

We offer students a variety of technical and non-technical positions with opportunities for on-the-job experience and training courses regardless of the position you’re hired for. In addition to the day-to-day work, you’ll have the opportunity to attend networking events, be a part of volunteer initiatives and the chance to get to know fellow students at student events. And you’ll have access to our Social Club which offers special discount prices for various events and activities.

Student opportunities available


What does an engineering student do?

As an engineering student in the field your duties may consist of any of the following:
  • Work closely with the process engineers in all areas of the plant
  • Compile and analyze trends
  • Collect process samples and lab analysis
  • Recommend process/equipment changes which enhance oil recovery
  • Reduce costs and waste
  • Promote equipment reliability
  • Minimize environmental and safety risks
  • Synchronize metering schematics
  • Review area pipeline gathering systems to ensure accuracy
  • Monitor and maintain booster compressors
  • Monitor and maintain field separator packages
  • Comply with regulatory inspections
As an engineering student in one of our offices your duties may consist of any of the following:
  • Analyze reservoir pool characteristics
  • Collect and analyze root cause investigation data for equipment failures
  • Assist with data analysis to help determine patterns in steam-assisted gravity drainage well failures
  • Collect equipment data collection and monitor inventory for newly installed field equipment
  • Develop compressor performance curves to determine if the compressors are optimized
  • Analyze influence of wellbore corrosion from reservoir characteristics
  • Maintain up-to-date inactive well list & abandonment list
  • Evaluate Waterflood Optimization
  • Gather and prepare enhanced oil recovery data
  • Work with geology and geophysics to correlate offsetting production to geology/seismic parameters
  • Identify potential drilling locations on undeveloped land base based on findings
What qualifications are required?
  • Second year engineering students (or third year in a 5-year program) will be considered for field positions
  • Third year engineering students (or fourth year in a 5-year program) could qualify for office positions
Power engineering

What does a power engineering student do?

As a power engineering student your duties may consist of any of the following:
  • Follow the utility/process plant operators and become familiar with the daily tasks of the unit operators job requirements
  • Perform water tests with a plant operator
  • Troubleshoot process upsets/problems with the unit operator
  • Trace piping drawings, read through documentation pertaining to process equipment
  • Acquire steam time toward a 3rd Class Power Engineers Certificate
What qualifications are required?
  • Enrolled in first year of a Power Engineering program, returning to the program following the work term

What does an accounting student do?

As an accounting student your duties may consist of any of the following:
  • Update Sarbanes-Oxley documentation around entity and process Level Controls
  • Execute internal control test plans required for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
  • Design and perform tests to ensure suppliers comply with contract terms and policies, as needed
  • Build and maintain a cooperative working relationship with customer groups
  • Assist with other engagements as required, as per Cenovus's internal audit plan
  • Process the monthly non-operated billings received for payment; review charges on the billings to verify accuracy of the charges, seek approval for payment, and book the charges to the appropriate cost centre in JDEdwards accounting system
  • Process manual invoices received monthly for payment (e.g., road usage invoices, surface rental and mineral invoices)
  • Prepare and book manual invoices into the accounting system/accounts receivable module as required
  • Prepare various journal entries as required each month to complete the month end process (e.g., manual overhead, third party fees, and coding corrections)
What qualifications are required?
  • Students in their third year accounting studies will be considered for these positions with preference given to those who are pursuing a CMA/CGA designation

What does a geology student do?

As a geology student your duties may consist of any of the following:
  • Correlate and map the regional coals that appear on the Suffield Military Block; coals need to be correlated to provide consistency; mapping the structure of the coals may help identify structural highs which affect development of Glauconitic and Ellerslie plays
  • Collaborate with geophysicist and senior geologist to interpret and map BQ channel sands in a smaller project area
  • Pick BQ locations for future drilling
  • Map regional water trend and salinities
  • Map a competitor steam-assisted gravity drainage producing property in detail
  • Develop depositional model by viewing core correlating regional cross sections; incorporate production data and determine quality of reservoir in relation to its peers
  • Incorporate regional mapping to predict future opportunities
  • Compile regional geology maps; differentiate between, upper, middle, lower McMurray
  • Aid in developing paleogeography and depositional environment for the McMurray formation
  • Assist in daily drilling operations
  • Work with geophysics and reservoir engineering to correlate offsetting production to geology/seismic parameters
What qualifications are required?
  • Students in their third year of geology studies will be considered for these positions

What does a land student do?

As a land student your duties may consist of any of the following:
  • Review leased fee lands (accumap/geoscout) and identify non-producing wells
  • Review lease files to determine course of action
  • Prepare information for legal and team presentations
  • Prepare and monitor notices
  • Review non-core areas for pipelines that can be assigned to active operators in the area
  • Prepare competitor analysis
  • Identify opportunities in which Cenovus can use our non-core assets to improve our core area positions
What qualifications are required?
  • Students in their third year of petroleum land management studies will be considered for these positions

What does a finance student do?

As a finance student your duties may consist of any of the following:
  • Assist in the maintenance of debt compliance on both bank credit facilities and indentures
  • Assist administration of inter-company loans, letters of credit, dividend program, and inter-company debt
  • Assist in the collection of peer data
  • Provide additional analysis and ad hoc work as required
  • Deliver timely and accurate pertinent information
  • Establish and maintain best practices
What qualifications are required?
  • Students in their third year of finance studies will be considered for these positions

What are the basic eligibility requirements to apply for an internship, co-op, or summer student program?

You must be legally authorized to work in Canada, be a current student in good academic standing enrolled in a relevant program, and be actively working toward your undergraduate or advanced degree.

What time of the year do you hire new grads?

We hire year-round for 4, 8, and 12 month work terms based on our hiring needs.