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Who We Are

We are one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies, based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. With operations and activities in 13 countries, we explore for, develop, and produce crude oil and natural gas globally. We are challenged with an important job to safely find and deliver energy to the world. Our employees are critical to our success, and with them we power civilization.

We’re grounded by our SPIRIT Values – safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation, and teamwork. These values position us to deliver strong performance in a dynamic business – but not at all costs. We believe it’s not just what we do – it’s how we do it – that sets us apart.

We strive to make a significant difference in the communities where we live and operate. We create an inclusive environment that values all voices and opinions. Together, the different backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and perspectives of our employees drive our success.

Job Summary

The Government Affairs Intern assignments provide practical opportunities to apply concepts and skills learned through the college curriculum to the business environment.

Assignments will be at our office located in Houston, TX. Typical length of our internships varies from 10 to 14 weeks based on the project and your availability.

Job Description

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assist with and produce detailed political research and risk analysis regarding international political developments relevant to ConocoPhillips overseas operations, investments, and strategic presence

  • Utilize external experts (think tanks, consultants, industry associations, government officials, etc.) to enhance the rigor and depth of international political analysis in support of work unit priorities

  • Assist ConocoPhillips representatives with shaping and implementing advocacy-focused engagement with US and foreign government officials

  • Perform administrative duties as needed, such as answering phones, filing, etc.


  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer and/or education institution

  • Pursuing a Bachelor's degree or higher in Foreign Area/International Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, International Business or related field

  • A minimum of ten (10) continuous weeks’ availability for internship

  • Current level in college: Junior, Senior or Graduate Student

  • Expected graduation date: Fall 2024 through Spring/Fall 2025


  • Pursuing a Master’s degree or higher in Foreign Area/International Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, International Business or related field

  • A minimum cumulative and major GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • Previous internships, co-op's and/or work experience in the energy, international affairs, government, and/or risk advisory/management sectors

  • Previous experience with international travel, employment or living overseas

  • Proficient in a foreign language

  • Proficient in Microsoft office products

  • Ability to generate effective solutions based on available information and makes timely decisions that are safe and ethical.

  • Ability to analyze stakeholder needs, global, political, and market trends to understand how they shape the future and impact our business results.

  • Develop strong relationships based on trust and seeks opportunities to collaborate across the matrix/organizational boundaries to achieve business goals.

ConocoPhillips will conduct interviews at many universities in the U.S. during the Fall of 2023 . Please check with your university career services to find out if and when we will be visiting your campus. If ConocoPhillips is interviewing on your campus, you must register with your career service office and complete your online application prior to the university deadlines to be considered for these interviews. If we are not making a visit to your campus and you are selected for an interview, our recruiters will contact you directly to schedule the interview.

To be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions, attaching your resume with transcripts, and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of October 31, 2023 .

Apply Before:

October 31, 2023


ConocoPhillips’ sponsorship for employment authorization in the U.S. is NOT available for this position.


In the US, ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.