Construction Internships

Construction Management University Students Have Many Opportunities to Seek an Internship, Summer Job, or Co-op with Construction and Construction Related Industries. From about 1995 to 2008 and again from 2017 to early 2020, Construction work was plentiful across the United States and 4-year degree seeking Construction Management students had multiple job opportunities for both internships/co-ops and entry level. While the market is slow but coming back, in the late 1980's students worked hard at getting an internship/co-op or full-time entry level position. Here are some suggestions to stand out in a crowd: (Internship Listings are Located at the Bottom of this Webpage)

  • Use resources to build a great 1-page resume from the first semester of college and keep it up-to-date every semester. Universities offer help via the career center or you can find samples online.

  • Post your resume on your university career center electronic resume database and keep it up-to-date every semester. Companies will sometimes call a university to get access and contact students from this database source.

  • Post your resume on all the construction and general job boards and keep it up-to-date. Once your resume is posted on all the different free job boards, companies can find you and you can seek out employment opportunities via these job boards as well. There are a lot of these out there some that just specialize in construction and some that are general and some that are just for specific minority groups.

  • Go to all the construction and related industry websites. Many companies have employment information on their websites and some specifically address internships and entry level. You can usually respond to opportunities or put your resume directly into a company database via the web.

  • Be willing to relocate anywhere in the US or the World. You need the work experience and location should not be a factor.

  • Be willing to look at a variety of positions not just a standard Project Engineer or Assistant Project Manager but all positions as well as every industry segment from commercial to mechanical to airport to sales to marine to highway to suppliers to vendors to software to .... well you get the idea.

  • Go old school back to the late 1980's. Remember potential employers want motivated employees. Take your resume in hand and drive to actual company offices or jobsites and explain that you need an internship. Be willing to explain to smaller companies what exactly an internship is as some have never hired a student as an intern.

  • Think about sending a resume and cover letter to someone you know might have a good chance getting you in the company based either on your research or connections and send it through an overnight service such as Fedex so it really stands out.

  • Be flexible on what you expect for pay as an intern. The overall market is soft today and if you can afford it, you may offer to work for free if the work experience will be a great resume builder.

  • Contact hundreds of companies when the market is slow and start early. Finding either an internship or entry level position can be a full-time job especially in a slow economy.

  • Network as much as you can. Participate as a student in your regional construction association meetings and join online jobsites where you can network.

  • Do a great job in your internship. Be motivated and a self-starter. Your internship company may hire you if they see the potential. Your internship will also be a strong addition to your resume. Employers hire student who have internships in their field over those who have worked for some general fast food place.