Student Jobs & Co-ops
Through cooperative education (co-ops) and internships, School of Mines students have many opportunities to apply their education to "real world" work experiences. Students are employed by industry and government agencies in positions related to Geology and Geological Engineering.
Students may gain 1-3 hours of academic credit for their co-op or internship experience upon department approval. Students registered for co-op courses keep their full-time student status during the semester they are on co-op. All Mines students are encouraged to have relevant work or research experience prior to
graduation. Co-ops are often 6-8 months (semester + summer). Internships are usually for the summer or part-time during the school year. However, the terms are used interchangeably by employers.
On average 76% of School of Mines graduates have
relevant work experience upon graduation
The average co-op/intern salary for 2012-13 was $17.03/hr
*Some employers also provide housing allowances, bonuses,
and relocation expenses that are not reflected above.
For questions regarding co-op opportunities within the Geology
or Geological Engineering department, please contact the co-op advisor, Dr.
Dr. Arden Davis
More information on co-ops, internships, job postings, career fairs, etc. is available at the
SD Mines Career Center website.
For information on careers in geology, geological engineering and paleontology please visit our program overview pages for
Geology & Paleontology and for