On-Campus Recruiting

SM Energy provides engaging work experiences in the oil and gas industry. Each fall, we recruit top petro-technical talent from a number of universities for our Summer Internship Program and Compass Program.

Look for us on one of the following campuses:

Colorado School of Mines

(Engineering and Geoscience)

University of Montana


Montana Tech


University of Oklahoma

(Land Management)

Texas A&M University

(Engineering and Geoscience)

New Mexico Tech


Texas Tech University

(Engineering and Land Management)

Summer Internship Program

SM Energy offers a robust and impactful paid summer internship program, providing students with 10-12 weeks of work experience during which interns gain exposure to core disciplines while being challenged with meaningful work. Internship disciplines include drilling, completions, production or reservoir engineering, geology, geophysics, and land management. We also typically host a few accounting and finance interns, who work on E&P accounting, corporate accounting, and financial reporting teams. Not only do SM interns work on projects of significant value to the company, but they also observe field operations, engage in community service events and participate in professional development opportunities to further their overall growth and personal development. Interns who are entering their graduation year will conclude their summer internship with a presentation to executive leadership on the learning and business impact of their summer work at our headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

Compass Program for College Graduates

SM Energy’s Compass Program is a two-year development program for college graduates as they begin their technical career with SM Energy. This rotation-based program is designed to provide engineers, geoscientists, and landmen with broad exposure to the various technical disciplines to help college hires determine where their technical passion may lie. Through the Compass program, participants will gain hands-on experience, attend technical classes and conferences, and participate in company-run leadership workshops to develop their professional skills. Mentors guide Compass participants throughout their two-year journey, advising them on their technical projects and assignments while providing valuable feedback. Challenging work, combined with complementary trainings and a strong support system, builds individual autonomy within the company to ensure a successful launch of a rewarding career at SM Energy.

“The Compass Program provided me with the opportunities to experience several disciplines across the company. Without this program and the supportive mentors, I may have missed out on discovering my true engineering passion.”

Former intern, Compass graduate, current facilities engineer

The Compass Program Timeline

Infographic reflecting The Compass Program Timeline.


For questions related to On-Campus College Recruiting, the Summer Intern Program or the Compass Program:

Please contact college.recruiting@sm-energy.com