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It’s natural to feel lost and overwhelmed when applying for a new job; especially if it’s your first job after graduation, you’re speaking a foreign language, moving to a new country – or just haven’t been to a job interview before. Our ambition is to make our website as informative as possible. Here you can find the answers to the questions our applicants ask the most.

If you don’t find the answers you need here, feel free to contact us.

All our positions are advertised on Equinor.com/careers. If you can’t find any suitable vacant positions you can set up job alerts so that you can be informed about vacant positions in the future. You can also submit your CV and a general application in our talent database. 

Please note that Equinor never asks applicants to pay a fee, nor do we use recruitment or placement agencies that do this. In a situation like this you should assume that the sender is not providing a genuine offer or service, and that they may be trying to deceive you in a recruitment scam.

All our vacancies are posted on Equinor.com/careers. 

Equinor offers summer internships for students who have completed the second year of their bachelor's degree, through to the first year of their masters. Some disciplines also welcome applications from PhD candidates. 

The application period usually starts in late November.

All our vacancies are advertised on equinor.com/careers, and applications are received only online. To make sure that we are able to fully process your application, please attach all necessary certificates and references. Please note that there is a size limit of 1MB for each attachment.

Once you submit your application, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Once Equinor has received your application, a letter/e-mail confirming receipt of application will be sent to you immediately. E-mails from our system come from: no-reply_careers@equinor.com. Please ensure that e-mails from us reach your inbox, and not your junk or spam folder. If you haven’t heard from us within 24 hours of your application, please let us know. 
  2. On the closing date of the application, a recruiter will handle your application.
  3. We will start inviting candidates for interview shortly. There may be several rounds of interviews before the selection process is completed. Equinor wants to get to know you during the interview, but the interview also gives you an opportunity to find out if Equinor is right for you. 
  4. Before final selection, we will run a mandatory background check of the candidate. 
  5. The selected candidate will receive an offer letter, and the candidates not chosen will get notified too. 
  6. If you were not successful this time, you are welcome to apply for another vacancy in the future. 

We encourage all our applicants to study the guidelines and instructions carefully before applying, to ensure that we are able to assess all applications properly. 

Please note that some of the steps may vary for the different programmes, such as the summer internship, the graduate programme and apprentice programme. More details about these specific processes can be found on our career pages for those areas.

Equinor has a presence on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter. We encourage you to follow us in these channels to get the latest news and updates on our company. Through these channels we will also promote our programmes and publish dates for career fairs etc., and you will also gain insights on how it is to work in Equinor.

You can apply for our 2-year corporate graduate programme. They application period usually starts in August. We offer challenging and meaningful tasks and an opportunity to develop your career within Equinor and get to know the energy industry from a unique perspective in a broad energy company. Read more about the corporate graduate programme here

Please visit the following page to read about our apprentice programme. The deadline for applications for apprenticeships in 2020 was 6 February.

Our standard global recruitment process aims to ensure that we find the best qualified person for the position. A typical recruitment process takes on average up to 10-12 weeks, however the duration of the process may vary for each position and the volume of applications. 

Information and advice on how to recognise fraud in a recruitment process can be found on our website here.

Equinor offers students the opportunity to work on their thesis with us on a topic that the company can also benefit from. There are normally two approaches to this opportunity:

  1. through collaboration and agreements with several academic institutions or
  2. students may be invited to write their thesis through our summer internship programme.

Please check with your University if a cooperation is initiated and your university should be able to advise on how to approach the subject and what would be your further steps.

Graduates

All graduate positions can be found on Equinor.com, including a description of the programme selection criteria. Positions will be available in the search button on the corporate graduate programme page when the positions are posted.

Graduate recruitment intake may differ from year to year, but  they are usually posted in August.

We offer a two-year programme including modules/gatherings and on-the-job learning based on rotations of varying length and scope, according to professional background and individual development plan. We encourage all our graduates to be active in building networks and our employees are encouraged to actively form their own future. 

We welcome initiative and moves between our two pathways, the leadership path and our professional. Each graduate will be assigned their own mentor and buddy. You will get challenging and meaningful tasks that corresponds with your interest and our company's business needs.

The start-up date is an agreement between yourself and your leader. The first graduate module will normally be held in September.

All vacant positions are posted on our web site, Equinor.com. We only accept online applications. Remember to attach valid documentation (CV, transcripts of records and diploma (s) for completed degrees). We encourage you to study the guidelines and instructions carefully before you apply to ensure that your application and documentation can be properly assessed. 

This differ from year to year according to business needs.  Over the last years we have hired 100+ each year globally.

Our corporate graduate programme is global and we hire graduates to several locations outside Norway. Which locations will vary from year to year according to business needs.

  • Competitive salaries
  • Bonus scheme 
  • Good pension plan 
  • Insurances and loans 
  • Share saving scheme 
  • Global paid parental leave 
  • Benefits may depend on location of employment, but could be such as gym, sport clubs, cultural activities, cabins for rent 
  • Health and travel insurance

Not entirely, as your exact location will be decided based both on your interest and our business needs. Please indicate your preferred location of work during the application process. Please note that if you are amongst the successful candidates, we cannot guarantee that your first preference will be offered. We encourage you to be flexible when it comes to locations.  

We normally have one morning session and one in the afternoon. Candidates participate half a day.

  • Live our values and by our safety expectations 
  • High ethical standards 
  • Good communication skills 
  • Global mindset 
  • Team player with the ability to work and deliver results in a diverse environment 
  • Have a positive attitude to take on new challenges and adapt to dynamic environments
  • Master's degree or PhD with good academic results
  • No more than two years of relevant fulltime work experience
  • Fluent in English and preferably a second working language
  • International work and/or study experience (in addition to native country) preferred
  • Extra curriculum activities and/or voluntary work is an advantage
  • Live our values and by our safety expectations

Yes, you will be a permanent employee from the day you start in the company.

  • Online application
  • Online assessment (blended test)
  • Video interview (recorded by the applicant)
  • Recruitment day
  • Offer and background check

That does not necessarily mean that you are not qualified for the position. You are competing with the best. We receive thousands of applications throughout the year. We strongly recommend you to apply again if you find a position suitable to your background. There may be new opportunities for a job with us.

Graduates are employed by the line within their staffs/business area. Your organisational belonging may change during a job rotations. A graduate is initially hired to one department at a specific location, and after completing rotations, the graduate will usually return to that same department and location.

Yes, you can apply for as many positions you wish and are qualified for. If you have already attached the required documents to another Graduate  submitted application, you do not need to upload them again.

Graduates are identified with the same professional titles as other employees, in line with the Equinor career model. Being a graduate is the initial phase of professional development for all Equinor employees who are hired based on the graduate programme selection criteria. After the graduate programme you will no longer have a graduate title and will be deployed according to the relevant job title for your position in your department.

Summer internship

The summer internship positions will be posted on equinor.com/careers, with a description of the programme selection process. The positions will be visible on our web page once the application period is open. 

The programme is primarily aimed at students who are in their second year of their Bachelor’s studies, up to and including, their first year of Master’s degree.

The summer internship duration (Norway and UK) is 7 weeks, including one week of vacation. The program starts 21. June and ends 6. August 2021 with one-week vacation between 19. July to 23. July (week 29). . In some of our international locations this period can vary.  

We offer challenging and meaningful tasks that corresponds with our company's business needs and your interests. In addition, you will get a competitive salary. The selected candidates will be given the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s foremost technical environments and learn about Equinor and the energy sector. 

Equinor will evaluate all candidates applying for positions individually and previous internships will not automatically make you more eligible to a position than any other applicants.

Yes, feel free to apply to up to three positions.

This differ from year to year according to business needs. Previous years we have had around 200-330 students working with us during the summer. 

The summer internship positions for 2021 will be posted on our careers pages end of November / beginning of December.   Some of our international locations might have a separate application period. 

Equinor is present in more than 30 locations,  and the location of our summer internship will vary from year to year based on business needs In 2020 Equinor offered summer internships  in Norway, UK, Japan and US.

Equinor attracts and develops people who share our values, are committed to our success, and are able to change and learn. We are looking for flexible and engaged individuals who wish to make a difference.

Summer interns must be able to identify with our values “Open, collaborative, courageous and caring” and commit to  our safety expectations. To get the most out of the summer internship, our interns should be curious and engaged in their tasks, be willing to learn and share, and collaborate with their colleagues .

Our ideal candidates

  • live our values and by our safety expectations
  • are in their second year of their Bachelor’s studies, up to and including their first year of Master’s degree. In some disciplines we also welcome PhD students. 
  • have good academic results
  • have no more than one year full time relevant work experience
  • are fluent in English

Extra-curricular activities and/or voluntary work is an advantage. 

All positions are posted on our web site, Equinor.com/careers. We accept online applications only. Please remember to attach CV/resume and cover letter in English, along with validated documentation (transcripts of records and/or other documents describing subjects and grades in English or Scandinavian language) obtained to this point during your studies. If you are in the process of completing a degree, please upload an official temporary transcript.

  • Online application
  • Online assessment (testing)
  • Video interview (recorded interview)
  • Application assessment period
  • Offer/rejection process
  • Background check if relevant

We offer positions in many areas and disciplines including:

  • Subsurface
  • Drilling and well
  • Renewables
  • Safety, security and sustainability
  • Information technology and digitalisation
  • Marketing and supply
  • Finance and control
  • Strategy and business development
  • Supply chain management
  • Project management and control
  • People and leadership (human resources)
  •  Communications
  • Legal

Please note that the different disciplines may vary from year to year. 

We are currently in the process of detailing the internship, focusing on providing a good learning experience for our summer interns, and we will share more information on Equinor.com as soon as we know more. 

If you are unsuccessful in getting an internship with us, it does not necessarily mean that you are not qualified for the position. We receive a high volume of applications and the competition is tough. We encourage all applicants to make sure they read and follow the instructions given in the job advert to avoid getting dismissed due to missing or unverified documentation. Having said that: you are very welcome to apply again at a later stage, if you find a position suitable for you.