Internships

At a Glance

An internship is required: Minimum 3 credits; maximum 12 credits; 1 credit=120 work hours.

An internship will provide you with a hands-on opportunity to apply your classroom learning and network with professionals, and it is a great transition to employment in the industry. It is intended for students who have some advanced skills and knowledge and have completed many of the core courses in the major, particularly estimating, planning and scheduling, and documents and contracts. Safety and loss control is also highly recommended, especially if you are expecting a field engineering position.

If you already have a job, you don't have to find a new one—you can work with your present employer to explore new responsibilities in an area of the company you haven’t yet fully experienced.

Steps

  1. Prepare for the interview and find an internship: Network and request information interviews; attend in-person career fairs; visit GoldPass; use online search tools; polish your resume (which we will also send out to virtual career fairs); create a LinkedIn profile; let your references know they may be contacted; and work with career services staff to practice interviewing.
  2. Complete an agreement form: After you get an offer, do the following:
    Identify your learning objectives
    Consult with faculty adviser, Peter Hilger, to determine credit load
    Log into GoldPASS and select “Complete Internship Agreement”
    Submit the Agreement and wait for faculty adviser approval and permission number.
  3. Register for the course: Use your permission number to register for CMgt 4196.
  4. Do good work: You will have access to a Moodle course site in which you'll interact with a cohort of other internship students, take one quiz, and do a weekly journal posting. You'll also complete one midterm conference call and do a final presentation. Your work experience is what will get you to the next level. Ask questions. Don't be afraid to say: "I don't know. Can you show me?"

Contact the internship coordinator if you have any questions: cceintrn@umn.edu.

Information for Employers

Creating meaningful construction management internships can be a huge boost to your organization. Construction Management students ready to intern will bring AutoCAD and plan reading skills, and they usually also have contract, scheduling, estimating, and safety coursework under their belts. Internships can last for three to six months, and students may complete multiple internships. Compensation typically ranges from $15-20 per hour.

Like to explore the idea more?

Review tips on creating a position, post your position at GoldPass, and send it (or questions) to cceintrn@umn.edu. For more information, email Peter Hilger at aphilger@umn.edu.

"McGough is pleased to work with the University of Minnesota’s Construction and Facility Management Program as we take on new interns each year. The U of M brings to the table bright and talented students who are eager to grow in their skills, garner a holistic perspective of the construction industry, and give their time and services to projects that impact our communities. It’s students like these that provide such a mutually beneficial internship experience for both McGough and the student."
-- Karin McCabe, McGough Construction