Practical Magic: How Marathon Petroleum Corporation Fuels Experiential Learning


Posted on October 13th, by Delaney Haas in Delaney Haas. No Comments

At this time last year, I stepped outside my comfort zone and accepted an internship with Brand Marketing at Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) for spring 2017. While nervous at first, the four months’ experience I gained was invaluable.

Here are six reasons why you should consider doing an internship during the school year (especially with MPC):

  1. You have so many opportunities — Many companies offer internships year round, meaning there are opportunities for students to fill in during the school year. Also, because most students believe that internships are only meant to be taken in the summer, there is much less competition for getting positions.
  2. You get to do fun stuff — A semester spent at college means exams, projects and papers nonstop. My semester spent at MPC meant traveling to places such as Fort Wayne, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis and Columbus learning about marketing the oil and gas industry! I was able to take away so much information because I was learning from experiences rather than a textbook.
  3. You learn to master time management — During my internship, I was still taking classes at Findlay and working my serving job in Lima. Through balancing these activities, I learned to manage my time effectively to complete projects and make deadlines.
  4. Your work makes a difference — While my friends were scrambling to do their math homework to get an A, I was analyzing data to present to upper-level management on whether to run a campaign or not. Both can be beneficial, but one will have far greater immediate impact on the real world!
  5. You make new friends — Even though I was not going to be on campus for a semester, I still had all my friends at UF that I would come back to in the fall. At MPC, I became friends with fellow marketing interns from many other institutions, interns from other departments and my co-workers in Brand Marketing! I continue to keep in contact and hang out with everyone even though my internship has ended.
  6. You have memories that will last a lifetime — I will forever remember the four months I spent interning in Brand Marketing at Marathon. I made many friends, learned a lot about myself, increased my marketing skills and gained a new respect for the oil and gas industry.

Success happens when we leave our comfort zone. How willing are you to venture into the unknown and try something new? The University of Findlay’s Center for Career Planning and Professional Development can help you with an internship placement that will change your future.





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



From the Blog

Wondering what it's really like to be at The University of Findlay? Follow our bloggers and read—and sometimes listen and watch—their experiences. Real Oilers. Real stories. Real life.

Digital Death, or Lack Thereof

In a 2013 New York Times feature on Billy Crystal and the actor’s memoir, “Still Foolin’ Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and...

We always start as strangers!

We often say, “Don’t talk to strangers.” We grow up fearing strangers. We fear even more when that person is from a different country...

Five Ways to Start Fresh in 2018

I cannot believe that I have already made it through my first semester here at Findlay and am diving right into my second! Although...

Tackling a Long Distance Relationship

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” -A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

When you move away for college, everyone tells you...

From Idiot Sandwich to Food Aficionado

Trying to balance school, work, career development and wedding planning can at times be overwhelming, but luckily my favorite hobby is also one of...

Unvirtuous Findlay: How My Unlikely Master’s Thesis Topic Found Me

“Who wants to learn about prostitutes?” That’s the question I enthusiastically ask at the beginning of my presentation on the topic. From their reactions,...

Almost Like Home for the Holidays

A few weeks ago, I was walking on campus with a friend of mine from the pre-vet program, and we were talking about Thanksgiving...

Never Too Old to Learn

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a saying that many people are familiar with, and even live by. However, I’m not...

Dear Incoming Freshman: A Reflection Letter

Since the beginning of this semester, a lot of things have changed. I would be lying if I said that one of those things...

My Journey in the Dawg Pound

If someone asked, “What does Delaney Haas love?,” the Cleveland Browns would be one of the first things mentioned.  I adore the (currently) winless...

Why Findlay is my perfect fit, and may be yours!

For me, choosing which college to attend was an easy decision. I have known since the seventh grade that I wanted to go to...

40K – FTK and for Kalie

This past Saturday, November the 11th, was University of Findlay Miracle Network Dance Marathon’s big event, OilerTHON. Sponsored by Circle K International, this ten-hour...

The Senioritis Struggle: Part 1

From when I first walked through the Griffith Memorial Arch as a freshman, I dreamed about walking the opposite way at graduation, kissing away...

Going Nuclear: Why I Never Really Never Left Las Vegas

In 2006, I got married on a broiling hot 104-degree day in Las Vegas, Nevada. A year later, I went back to learn about...

Curtains Up!

During my very first week here at the University of Findlay, freshmen had the opportunity to attend a session where representatives from more than...