Civil Engineering Internship/Co-op and Master’s Summer Internship Programs

Come kick-start your career
with SME through a civil engineering internship!

If you’re looking for applied learning outside the lecture hall, thorough training from experienced leaders, and a way to test your career aspirations in the field, SME’s civil engineering internship/co-op program is for you.

Each year, about 40 enterprising students join the ranks of SME’s Co-op program for civil and environmental engineering internships. We set you up for success in the field by starting you in our multi-week training program. You’ll first receive direct guidance and instruction from our regional training leadership to prepare you for on-site work. Then, each Co-op pairs up with an SME team member to head to a work site, where we’ll demonstrate the work to be done. As you gain the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to continue the testing and observations on your own, our team members step back and let you shine.

SME offers two Co-op sessions: February through August, or mid-May through December. It’s a commitment that allows you to partner with SME for a significant investment in your future. This paid opportunity is a great way for us to form a relationship and give you the hands-on project experience to understand your career choices and develop your passion.

No matter where you are in your college journey, if you’re looking to take your learning to the next level, we want to hear from you!

We offer civil engineering internships for college-level co-ops who want to work in the following fields:


Kick-start your career as an SME Co-op!


Why become an
SME Co-op?

SME’s civil engineering internship/co-op experience provides daily, hands on opportunities to learn about:

  • Construction quality control and testing
  • Pavement and site civil construction
  • Foundation construction
  • How to interpret plans and specifications
  • Successful writing techniques and communication tools
  • The construction process
  • Interacting with project teams during construction
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Get rewarded while
you learn

SME Co-ops not only gain valuable experience, they also receive:

Competitive base pay and opportunities for overtime pay

Tuition reimbursement for courses taken in the semester prior to joining SME as a Co-op ($300/credit hour for As and Bs; $150/credit hour for Cs)

$500/month housing stipend

Up to $150 reimbursement for work boots

 A smartphone for business use (at no cost to you)

Networking opportunities with SME engineers, technical professionals and other Co-ops at summer outings and our annual Co-op/Intern Recognition Banquet

Preferential consideration for summer internships and/or full-time positions at SME


Apply for SME’s Co-op program and get started on securing the career you want through a civil engineering internship!

SME’s Co-op program requires availability to work from either February through the end of August or from mid-May through December. This length of time allows you to immerse yourself in your field and understand how your interests align with what you’re doing. It also gives you the opportunity to build relationships that will last your entire career.

Additionally, full-term Co-ops get preferential consideration for subsequent internships and full-time opportunities upon graduation. Many former SME Co-ops are recognized leaders within our organization today! It’s a great way to get your foot in the door with a group of passionate people building and revitalizing our world.

If you are interested in being considered for SME’s Co-op program, please apply early.

Click HERE to apply.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

SME is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, protected veteran/military status or disability. SME is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

SME is committed to equal employment opportunity for all qualified job seekers, including individuals with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation as part of the application process, please call us at (734) 454-9900.