About SIFT

Each year, 24 students from University geoscience programs across Canada will be invited to Calgary to participate in a two-week intensive petroleum industry field trip known as SIFT (Student Industry Field Trip). Throughout SIFT students will participate in lectures, workshops, core sessions, field trips and a real-life exploration game that expose them to the many aspects of the oil and gas industry within Canada.

What began in 1977 as a humble four-day field trip to expose students to the geology of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, has now grown to become Canada’s premier geoscience education event. The program is industry sponsored and lead by professionals working within the industry.

Some of the topics that will be covered are:
• Core logging and interpretation of clastics and carbonates
• Well log interpretation
• Prospect generation
• Seismic interpretation
• Basin analysis
• The structural geology of Western Canada
• Unconventional reservoirs and oil sands
• Field trips to: Dinosaur Provincial Park, Banff National Park, Yoho National Park, Waterton National Park, and more!

SIFT provides students with what could be their first exposure to the petroleum industry and provides the opportunities students use to build their networks for a career within the oil and gas industry. Through our job program, networking opportunities and course content, SIFT is an incredible opportunity.

How to apply:

SIFT targets 3rd year undergraduate students in geology, with consideration given to other geoscience specializations as well. The chosen student will be a representative of their university, and as such the application’s initial step is conducted by your university. Students selected by their universities will then submit their application package directly to the SIFT committee. SIFT participants will be selected based on academic accomplishment, extracurricular involvement, and interest in petroleum/sedimentary geology. If you have any questions about the application process, please send them to SIFT@cegageos.ca


The Student Industry Field Trip continues to thrive based on the generosity of companies working in Western Canada and SIFT Alumni. For more information about sponsorship opportunities please download the Sponsorship Package.

SIFT Job Program

As a part of the program, the SIFT committee strives to find work opportunities for our participants, who are selected for being among the highest performing students at their university. If your company is looking to hire a summer student(s), and you would like to find out more about recruiting through SIFT please contact SIFT@cegageos.ca