Week One: Hard at Work

Mar 13, 2020

As you can see from the title, this week has been beyond busy! If I’ll be honest, I did not think my first two days at my internship would be so eventful.

Let’s bring it back to last Wednesday when I met with my on-site advisor. Mr. Thoren is a cool guy! We talked about who I would meet around the office and general expectations. This includes getting me a cubicle and laptop for teleworking. Now, this Monday I had my workspace set up, including a desk phone and my email address.

Next, I went to the weekly staff meeting with Mr. Thoren’s team. We discussed the annual and international conferences that got canceled due to the Caronavirus. It was nice getting to know my team better. After lunch, I received help from a lady on Mr.Thoren’s team. She showed me how to use a database to add information to a document about the legislation they are pushing. From there, I explored the AFPM websites that were for the public. I found them to be rather honest about the work U.S. refineries do. For my environmentalist friends, I suggest you check them out! I think you might like what you see.

On Tuesday, I made sure to get to the office early since there was a company-wide conference call. This call was long. It was useful though, as they discussed outreach, security maintenance, and sending out information to change the narrative the oil industry has. After the call, I talked to Mr. Thoren about what was said in the call. From here, I met more people in the office (so many people!) and I did a bit of my research for my research question. I’m sure the data I found is very useful. I also researched the speakers from the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) public workshops for Mr. Thoren.

Overall, I’ve had a fun first two days and I (lowkey) miss being in the office. I can’t wait for next week.

4 Replies to “Week One: Hard at Work”

  1. EPittman says:

    It *was* an eventful first week for you, Robbi! You are being introduced to so many aspects of a professional schedule and obligations. I look forward to reading more updates once you are able to safely return to the office.

    1. Robbi G. says:

      Thank you!

  2. Charles T. says:

    Great to hear! Can’t wait to see more developments in the future.

    1. Robbi G. says:

      Thank you very much! Same to you.

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