A civil engineering intern is normally a university student working in an engineering firm to gain practical experience. Civil engineering as a specialty typically involves the creation of structures, buildings, and public works projects such as bridges, roadways and thoroughfares. An intern in this field normally assists engineers with these projects, gaining practical experience and knowledge that can help with their education and prepare them to enter the job market. Many engineering firms use internships as trial periods and seek to hire former interns when those students earn degrees and necessary certifications.
The actual tasks performed by civil engineering interns vary by employer. In most cases, the goal is to have the intern provide hands-on assistance to other engineers. The intern may be assigned projects related to, for example, analyzing material strength of construction materials under consideration or determining materials' costs. The intern may use computer-aided design (CAD) software to model various aspects of the project as well. Typically, the intern's work is carefully reviewed by civil engineers on the team, and feedback and adjustments are made as the project moves forward.
Most civil engineering interns are students working during a summer break or during the academic year. Internships can be competitive, and students need strong academic performance and may need recommendations from instructors and professors. Previous internships may be preferred or required as well.
Civil Engineering Intern Tasks
Assist in entering, cleaning, updating, and maintaining data and associated databases.
Draft designs according to specifications.
Maintain and update records about suppliers, materials, customers, and others.
Produce calculations and make suggestions to improve designs.
Review and comment upon designs, materials, and other documentation.