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 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. 

For questions regarding co-op opportunities within the Geology or Geological Engineering department, please contact the co-op advisor, Dr. Larry Stetler.

Dr. Larry Stetler
(605) 394-2464

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 Geoscience Careers page.