Co-op and Internship Programs

Come kick-start your career
with SME!

Each year in May, approximately 40 enterprising students join the ranks of SME’s co-op program.

As a co-op, you will be SME’s representative at construction projects. Our co-ops perform various site observations and testing related to soils, concrete, and asphalt. Our co-ops are an important part of the project team. You’ll gain additional responsibilities and opportunities as your knowledge grows.

SME’s co-op assignments last from mid-May through late November or early December. It’s a serious commitment and significant investment in your future. This paid opportunity is a great way for us to form a relationship and give you hands on project experience.

No matter where you are in your college journey, if you have an interest in one of SME’s technical services and are looking to take your learning to the next level, we want to hear from you!

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


Why become an
SME Co-op?

SME’s 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


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 (even if you live at home with your folks)

Up to $150 reimbursement for work boots

$60/month phone allowance or SME-provided cell phone

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!

In order to be eligible to participate in SME’s Co-op program, you must be available to work from mid-May through late November or early December. We understand this requires a serious commitment on your part and a significant investment in your career.

It’s worth it! Once you’ve worked for us for 6 – 7 months as a full-term Co-op, you get preferential consideration for subsequent Summer 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 one of the most reputable consulting firms in the Great Lakes region.

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

For consideration, please email a cover letter and resume, including your location preference and salary expectations, to:

Melessa Michael
Human Resources Manager
43980 Plymouth Oaks Blvd.
Plymouth, MI 48170-2584

Phone: (734) 454-9900

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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.