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AKS Internship Program

The AKS Experience – it’s not your average internship

The AKS Internship Program is a unique experience. This program is designed to last over two years, with each Summer building on the lessons learned from the previous year. We’ve structured it to complement and prepare you for the coursework at school by providing insight into how the basic principles you’ll learn apply in the real world. For those that enter the program as a Junior, we will work with you to modify the program with a combination of field and office experience. Plus, you’ll stay on track to graduate in four years while earning 3-6 months of practical work experience.

Our Program

Our philosophy is that the best engineers have an understanding of field work, how projects are constructed, and how design translates out in the field. As a company, our focus is on quality. We want you to learn how to do things right and understand the reasons behind it. The program will introduce you to how survey and design relates to construction. Building this fundamental understanding of how designs translate in the field and are constructed will help you become a better engineer because you will see that a project is more than lines on paper. Furthermore, this program will introduce you to other complimentary disciplines with whom civil engineers work with on a daily basis. This exposure helps form a holistic view of design and the various factors that influence it.

Year 1: Land Surveying – During your initial summer with us, you’ll learn that the foundation of good design is reliable field information by working on a survey field crew. You’ll learn how to collect the field information used to create base maps, establish property boundaries, and perform construction staking. This can be a physically challenging assignment that could have you working up to 60 hours per week in variety of weather conditions and terrain. However, the lessons learned from this experience will prove to be invaluable as you move forward in building your career.

Year 2: Construction Inspection Learn how final engineering plans translate to the field by working with a construction inspector. You’ll verify the placement of construction stakes, help process construction payment requests, conduct daily inspections, coordinate with contractors, and learn how to read plans and specifications to verify construction is being completed correctly. Your hours may vary from 40 – 50 hours per week depending on the construction activities of your assigned projects.

Year 3: Engineering Design – Apply your knowledge of surveying and construction from the previous summers and combine it with the engineering knowledge learned in class by working as an engineering technician. Learn how to complete designs, perform engineering calculations, and work with the design team to develop construction plans. This is where your field experience will make the difference as you’ll understand how the information you are putting in plans is used in the field. Depending on workload, your hours may vary from 40 – 50 hours per week.

Program Requirements
  • Declared major in civil engineering, forest engineering, environmental engineering, construction management, land surveying, or related fields
  • Enter program freshman year for a three-year experience; Sophomores and juniors will have an accelerated internship curriculum.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Submit completed application with resume and three references
  • Interview with AKS staff
  • Commit to working full-time as a paid intern for a minimum of 10 weeks per year generally during the Summer.

Interested in applying? Fill out the form below to request additional information and receive an application.

Application Deadlines

Second Round Applications:
February 2 – March 1, 2020

Who is Eligible?

The AKS Internship Program is open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with declared majors in civil engineering, forest engineering, environmental engineering, construction management, land surveying, or related fields with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Compensation

This is a paid internship. You will earn an hourly wage with time and a half paid for overtime.