The Externship Program is a way for the Petroleum Engineering Department to give valuable experience to students unable to secure industry internships.  The five week program offers students the chance to work with industry-provided data-sets, train on software, make field visits and gain additional experience in other areas.


Thank you to all of our sponsors for helping make Externship Summer 2017 a success

Summer 2018 Registration Coming Soon!

Hydraulic Fracture Design in Unconventional Reservoirs
Summer 2017


Students focused on designing hydraulic fracturing treatments in unconventional reservoir systems, specifically shale reservoirs. Commercial software packages were used including GOHFER for fracture treatment design and Predict-K for conductivity measurements and analytical reservoir simulation.

Instructor: Jennifer Miskimins & Mansur Ermila

Production Data Analysis and Reserve Estimation
Summer 2017


Students applied diverse methodologies for the analysis of production data for the estimation of reserves in unconventional petroleum reservoirs. The estimation of reserves were performed applying conventional and alternative decline curve analysis models using a model based rate transient analysis methodology to selected wells.

Instructor: Luis Zerpa

Reservoir and Production Data Analytics
Summer 2017


Students reviewed key production indicators for reservoir surveillance of large data sets, analyzed data quality and prepared data for engineering evaluation. Students built analytic, descriptive and predictive models that linked production equipment to reservoir performance and learned how to assess and validate models with field data.

Instructor: Elio Dean & Rosmer Brito

Chevron Short Course Series


The Chevron Short Course Series was established by a generous contribution from Chevron to improve the job prospects of our graduating seniors. These courses are generally 2-3 days in length, starting on Fridays. At the moment they are only available for PE Seniors.


Please see a listing below of upcoming sessions.

To sign up or find out more information, please contact Rachel McDonald at rmcdonald@mines.edu

GOHFER 3D Hydraulic Fracture Simulator Introduction
September 29-30, 2017


Presented by Dr. Bob Barree, Barree & Associates

Function: Integrating petroleum reservoir and completion engineering with geology, geophysics and drilling

Trouble Free Drilling
October 20-21, 2017


Presented by Mr. John Mitchell

Function: Drilling Engineering

Decline Curve Analysis
November 3, 2017


Presented by Value Navigator Representative

Function: Reservoir Engineering

Gas Lift
January 19, 2018


Presented by James Stanton

Function: Production

February 2, 2018


Presented by Blue River Analytics Representative

Function: Computer Application of Petroleum Engineering

PE Distinguished Lecture Series

If you are interested in joining the PE Distinguished Lecture Series, please contact Manika Prasad for more information

Fall 2017
September 8, 2017


Amos Nur, Stanford University

Challenging Problems at the Intersection of Ricj Physics, Rock Mechanics and Tectonics

September 22, 2017

Yu-Shu Wu, Jorge Sampaio, Xiaolong Yin & Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines

Lunch and Learn with Faculty Part 1

October 6, 2017

Reinald Michelena

Using Seismic Data to Constrain Natural Fracture Models for Flow Simulation

October 27, 2017

John Brantley, IBM

Using Artificial Intelligence at the Enercom

November 3, 2017

David Greaves, Exxon Mobil Corporation

Practical Facilities & Pipelines Troubleshooting: How to Think Smarter on Day one in the Oilfield

November 17, 2017

Rick Allen

Export Dependence: Why US Gas Producers are now Captive to Foreign Demand

Spring 2018
Dates Coming Soon!
Super School

The Petroleum SuperSchool is an intensive, immersive, three-week program designed to provide the technical fundamentals needed for effective teamwork across the breadth of activities in the upstream petroleum industry.

Please visit the SuperSchool website for more information on Summer 2018