Co-op and Internship Programs

Come kick-start your career
with SME!

During your Master’s Student Summer Internship, you’ll get a chance to have real responsibility from day one, not just look over someone else’s shoulder. And, you’ll be taking a huge step toward setting a course for your life’s work!

This program is designed to provide a rewarding experience in preparation of a career in consulting practices. Our program provides daily, hands-on opportunities in geotechnical, structural, environmental, or facilities and infrastructure engineering. You’ll get to work with some of the finest professionals in consulting practice! We also offer our Master’s Summer Interns great benefits.

You’ll learn more than you thought possible about consulting engineering and you can put your coursework to good, practical, hands-on use, interacting with construction managers, contractors and design professionals. The work is challenging. It’s not for everyone. But, if you make the cut, we’re certain you’ll be a better person for the experience!


Why become a Masters
Student Summer Intern?

The more you learn, the more responsibility you’ll get. Summer internship positions are available for civil engineering students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree program and, at minimum, have been accepted to a Master’s program or have started coursework in a Master’s program in the areas of:

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Pavement Engineering
  • Structural Materials or Building Enclosure Engineering


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 Megaregion.

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.