Summer Jobs for Civil Engineering Students

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Summer Jobs for Civil Engineering Students
Summer jobs can help civil engineering students determine if they're on the right career path. (two bridges at dawn image by Tammy Mobley from

If you're studying civil engineering, it's beneficial to find summer jobs within your field of study. It's a productive way of earning money while gaining real-world experience that will be important to possess when you seek your first job after college. According to Sloan Career Cornerstone Center, "on-the-job experience, gained through co-op assignments, internships, or summer jobs, is a vital factor in making a young engineer credible to potential employers."

Where to Find Summer Jobs

Summer jobs (and internships) in the civil engineering field are often posted on civil engineering websites and can be available through your college career centre. But if you would like to work for a particular company during the summer months, you should reach out to that company directly to inquire about summer positions that may be available.

According to CV Tips, "many engineering firms also come to college campuses to recruit engineers for summer and graduate positions, so you should attend career fairs and any information sessions offered by employers that come to your campus." The site explains how by attending these fairs, you can learn a lot about companies in the field. Specifically, you can gain a better understanding about what they are looking for in new hires so you can target your experience and your resume to fit their criteria. You can also meet civil engineers who can share their experiences with you and give you additional insight into your career choice.

The Types of Summer Jobs

There are many jobs from which you can choose if you're seeking to find a summer job in the civil engineering field, although most jobs that don't require a degree are classified as intern positions and are usually unpaid. Some specific jobs featured on Glass Door as civil engineer intern jobs include transportation engineer, engineering technician and civil/structural engineer. On Simply Hired, jobs classified as civil engineering internships include civil/structural engineer, civil/environmental engineering intern and civil engineer intern--infrastructure.

Job Responsibilities and Qualifications

Work responsibilities for summer jobs in civil engineering can consist of assisting engineers and others working on the same project accomplish their day-to-day duties. For instance, for a civil/environmental engineering intern position, those tasks can include crafting drawings and collecting field data, as well as the opportunity to use experience you already may have in computer software unique to the field, such as Microstation and AutoCAD. A structural engineering intern, much like a civil/environmental engineering intern, assists engineers and other team members on their projects. Typically these projects involve the design of transportation modes, such as roads and bridges. They usually require an understanding of structural design.

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