Here to Win: von Springer Turns Internship Into Full-Time Opportunity

Al​ex von Springer at her internship at Motiva.

Al​ex von Springer at her internship at Motiva.

October 21, 2016

BATON ROUGE - Alex von Springer, second-year student in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Flores MBA Program, has already been recognized for her success in the classroom, earning the 2016 Outstanding MBA Student Award earlier this year.

Her hard work outside the classroom, interning for Motiva Enterprises, a joint venture of Shell Oil Co. and Saudi Aramco, has resulted in even greater success in the form of a full-time position with the company as a human resources account manager.

It's stories like von Springer's that have helped bolster the Flores MBA Program to its No. 33 national ranking by U.S. News & World Report among public institutions.

Watch a short feature​ on von Springer and the Flores MBA Program that aired in Tiger Stadium during the game versus the University of Alabama.

Why did you choose the Flores MBA Program?
Although I am not a native Louisianan (von Springer is a Dallas native), I found a true home away from home at LSU and within the greater Louisiana community during my experiences as an undergraduate at LSU. I believe in the sense of community that is so clearly woven through the university and Louisiana as a state. It was important for me to enroll in an MBA program that was distinguished and highly thought of. But more than that, I wanted to see a significant return on investment from my decision to go back to grad school, despite the fact that I had less than five years of professional exprience. I found those opportunities and so much more at LSU.

You chose management consulting and human resources management as your specializations. What was the reason for that?
I chose management consulting as my primary specialization due to the versatile application of the course materials to a variety of career trajectories. I had a year's experience in a consulting role with non-profit organizations prior to enrolling in the program. My job was primarily focused on improving membership engagement, leadership development and recruitment strategies, among other things. My experiences working to improve organizational goals through people strategies struck my interest in the secondary HR specialization. After my internship with Shell, I saw how human capital can be leveraged as a strategic advantage for a business, solidifying my decision to pursue a career in human resources.

How did you get the internship with Shell?
I applied for the Shell HR internship in January of 2016. An email requesting LSU Flores MBA applicants was sent to my class from our career services liason, Seth Thibodaux, I was uncertain about the recruitment process that requires the completion of a qualitative and quantitative assessment, but I was reassured that I would be prepared for the challenge by one of my classmates in the program who had just completed a summer internship with Shell.

What are your plans after graduation?
I am proud to say that after graduation, I will be joining Shell's HR team full-time. I am very much looking forward to my first 18-month rotation in Shell's graduation program at the Deer Park Refinery just outside of Houston. I have seen firsthand how important the energy industry is to the state of Louisiana and the larger Gulf Coast Region during my time at Baton Rouge. I'm excited to enter an industry that plays such a large role in the local economy as an employee of a global leader in the energy sector.

Lastly, what one piece of advice would you give another student regarding internships - whether it's finding the right one, how to get the most out of one, traveling for one, etc.?
It is important to clearly communicate yourself in the workplace. I think it is also a good rule of thumb to get in the habit of over-delivering and continuing to do so time and time again.​

Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business