Become an extremely capable engineer from the ground up through innovative internships.
The CEM program requires the completion of three paid internships—which will be some of the most rewarding times you’ll have as a student.
Internship requirements begin the summer between your freshman and sophomore year.
We know what you’re thinking—”I literally have no idea what I’m doing, how can I intern this early?”—but you have no reason to worry. We have amazing industry partners that will help you become an extremely capable engineer from the ground up.
A major advantage to the CEM program is our innovative internship program.
Most students receive job offers before they even graduate because of our internship program and strong connections with the industry.
You’ll also have opportunities to travel overseas to experience working in international environments. CEM students have worked in Ecuador, Norway, New Zealand, and other places around the world—creating extremely versatile, innovative, and successful engineers.
My internship with Power Construction exceeded my expectations. It was a rewarding and fulfilling experience that motivated me to continue my academic and professional journey in construction.
Over the summer I worked with Mortenson Construction on a wind farm. The project we were on was in the early phases, so we were just working on foundations. We got to travel to other Mortenson Projects that were almost completed so we could climb the towers and get the whole picture. It was a really great experience and I'd recommend always talking up new opportunities during your Internships!
In Capstone, we learn first-hand about the aspects of construction projects that most of us have not encountered during our internships, such as the early design phases and the detailed process of planning physical construction work. I believe [Capstone] has made me and my fellow peers well-rounded and more knowledgeable individuals prepared to take on many of the challenges we may face in the construction industry.
The world is demanding innovative engineers and our internship program delivers.
CEM internships provide undergraduate students with professional experience before receiving their diplomas—setting them apart from their peers and providing valuable hands-on, real-world experience.
We’re passionate about teaching, coaching, and mentoring students so they excel academically and professionally.
Because of this and our industry-driven internships, CEM students enter the workforce with at least nine months of full-time experience. This is a huge advantage that has led our program to a 100% job placement rate among graduates since the program's establishment in 1976.
CEM internships lead to:
All internship positions acquired through the CEM program are paid. Our students work hard both in and out of the classroom, so we encourage great wage standards with our industry partners.
We have many industry partners in diverse sectors of the construction industry—giving CEM students options when choosing an internship position. Our Director of Internships works closely with undergraduate students and industry partners to find each student's perfect fit by analyzing their needs and wants in regards to industry concentration, company culture, location, and more.
Industry partners working with our program invest a great deal in our students. Once a student works with a certain company, that student becomes a company priority for subsequent internships. Interns gain more responsibility, training, and hands-on experience with each internship, and many companies offer CEM interns full-time positions after graduation.
Our graduates enjoy lucrative careers as general contractors, business owners, developers and consultants, designers, project managers, and more. They work in industries including aviation, oil and gas, city planning, healthcare, sustainable energy, retail and large commercial, and just about everywhere else you can imagine.
Learn how CEM can help you use your skills to make a difference, build beautiful structures, and solve the most complex infrastructure challenges.