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Where are They Now? Oseberg’s First Intern, Ed Joullian

 In our “Where are They Now?” series, we introduce you to previous Oseberg interns. You’ll get a better sense of what they did, where they are now, and what they gained from interning with Oseberg.

Ed joullian
“What jumps out to me looking back on the time I spent at Oseberg is how unique an opportunity I had to see a company grow and develop in its very early stages. I showed up in the morning, learned what my day was going to be like and went from there. There was very much an emphasis on learning by doing and picking things up on the go.”
-Ed Joullian: Oseberg’s first intern


Ed currently works as an Associate at Old Ironsides Energy, a private equity firm in Boston specializing in investing in energy private equity and drilling joint ventures. He was Oseberg’s very first intern and had a true start-up experience. Ed is originally from Oklahoma City and graduated from Duke University with a degree in Public Policy Studies in 2013.

What did you do during your internship at Oseberg?
When I was an intern, there was no defined program.  At that point, the company consisted of two founders, one programmer and myself.  My role was pretty much whatever was needed during the day (craft a hiring document, analyze P&L, research the product market, experiment with the software) and evolved day-to-day.

What was the most enjoyable part of your internship? 
Definitely the dynamic culture and environment at the company.  Being involved in the early days of the company was a very fun and unique experience.  Each day was different, and those around the office really made me feel as if I was adding value even though I was a guy who just walked in the door.  All of this makes it really enjoyable to look back and see was has evolved from that point. 

What was the most challenging part?
The most challenging part of the internship was picking up the lingo of the oil & gas industry while following everything going on around me.  Even as someone who had grown up around the energy business, there is definitely a learning curve when starting a new job and learning what sounded like a new language all at the same time. However, I cannot complain too much; it would have been even more challenging if I had been asked to program.

What are you doing now?
Since Oseberg I have continued with jobs in the oil & gas space.  I am currently employed with an oil & gas focused private equity firm in Boston called Old Ironsides Energy.

Any advice for future interns?
My advice for future interns is to embrace the experience. Take the time to understand not only how your role fits into the mission of the company but how the roles of those around you fit together as well.  Establishing an awareness of the role you and each person around you plays in the company’s mission gives each day a purpose and makes the project or assignment easier and more rewarding to accomplish.

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