Internships and Co-ops

Through cooperative education (co-ops) and internships, South Dakota 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 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.

South Dakota Mines has a very active Career Center that works with students on internships, co-ops, career fairs, resume and interview preparation, and more. Visit Career Services.

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) 394-2461


Mines interns have some amazing experiences. Click on a photo below to find out more.