Temporary and part-time job opportunities give CEGE students valuable work experiences in an engineering setting, which can be extremely beneficial when students later seek full-time employment after graduation.
Internship Opportunities Program
CEGE's Internship Opportunities Program (IOP) is term-based and takes place in the fall and spring semesters. Two paths are possible: Professional Practice or Research.
IOP Professional Practice path
The IOP Professional Practice path creates connections between students and engineering companies or agencies in and around the Twin Cities. The department helps locate part-time employment opportunities and facilitates the initial contact; the hiring decision rests with the company or agency.
To participate in the IOP Professional Practice path and work with a professional engineer:
- Visit GoldPASS
- Look for "UMN - Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering - Internship Opportunities Program."
IOP Research path
The IOP Research path pairs an undergraduate student with a CEGE faculty member to participate in active research.
Traditional internships usually (but not exclusively) take place over the summer. Hiring decisions for these positions rest with the company or agency. No academic credit is not earned for traditional internship positions.
The department can help students to locate opportunities and to make a connections. Log in with your UMN ID to access this list of employers offering internships.
The first week was scary, but after driving to a job site, introducing myself to strangers, meeting with contractors, and presenting results—sometimes 8 times a day—I became pretty confident.Emily Erhart, Geoengineering, on her internship
My internships really helped me understand the kind of work a civil engineer does.Michelle Maciej, Civil Engineering
Definitely get [an internship]. You get a lot of work and experience that way. You get to apply concepts that you learned in class in a professional setting. I really enjoy the experience my engineering internships have given me.Meaghan McGinn, Civil Engineering
I think that I learned a lot about the industry I wanted to work in and the type of companies I wanted to work for. I learned what type of work I was truly passionate about doing, what style of management I did best in, and the work environment that I preferred.Mackensie Schuster, Civil Engineering
Being a student at the U has opened up a lot of opportunities I would not have had otherwise. I would say probably half of what I know how to do is from my classes and half is from the various internships, research projects, and start-up companies I have been involved with.Kathryn Klarich, Civil Engineering
Industry & Pre-Major Coordinator
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
500 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Room 147
Minneapolis, MN 55455