Opportunities for Student Jobs and Co-ops

Students may find research opportunities, co-ops and internships, and positions as graders and teaching assistants within the department.


Many departmental faculty hold funded grants from external research sponsors and seek students to participate in cutting-edge research. Three different research options are available: research for academic credit, compensated, and academic credit with compensation.  Research experience is valuable in terms of providing laboratory experience that augments fundamental knowledge applied in coursework. Additionally, such experiences may lead to peer-reviewed publications with student authorship that are the beginning of research careers by students. Students who enroll in undergraduate research for credit are required to file a formal report with the department in order to receive curricular credit.

Co-ops and Internships

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 Chemistry or Applied Biological Sciences. 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 75% of School of Mines graduates have relevant work experience upon graduation

The average co-op/intern salary for 2015-16 was $17.16/hr

*Some employers also provide housing allowances, bonuses, and relocation expenses that are not reflected above.

 The Career and Professional Development Center at SD Mines assists in developing contacts for co-ops and internships through Career Fairs and contact with potential employers. The department is also approached by alumni in industry looking for outstanding SD Mines students.

Chemistry students have recently had co-ops and internships with faculty in the department doing research for the Department of Defense, with the Evidence Section of the Rapid City Police Department, and with local bio-ethanol producers.
Students participating in co-ops, internships, and research are required to submit a comprehensive written report approved by the faculty member before a grade is assigned.
Grader and Teaching Assistant Positions: Graders, who assist faculty by grading student work, as well as teaching assistants, who assist in teaching undergraduate laboratories, are hired on a regular basis by the department. These positions are advertised within the department, and selections are made on a competitive basis.

For questions regarding co-op opportunities within the Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences department, please contact the co-op advisor, Dr. Richard Sinden


Dr. Richard Sinden
(605) 394-1678