Mines News

Release Date Friday, September 2, 2016

510 Students Gain Industry Experience during Summer Internships

Computer science major Nathan Ducasse, from Hilo, Hawaii, interned with the U.S. Geological Survey in Hawaii, writing code for the website and bringing instruments to the volcano caldera to measure the harmful gasses being released by the lava lake.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Sept. 2, 2016) – More than 500 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students spent the summer building their resumes through valuable work experiences with 240 employers in 39 states.

One of the key factors in the 98 percent job placement rate for South Dakota Mines graduates is its strong internship program, and this summer 510 students put their science, technology, engineering and math skills to work at companies big and small, earning an average $17.16 per hour.

Cargill was the top employer with 23 students in 12 states. 

Of the internships, co-ops and paid research experiences, 199 were in South Dakota with 84 employers in 25 communities. The SD Department of Transportation hired the largest number of Mines students in the state, with 10, followed by Innovative Systems with nine and Trail King with six.

EchoStar was the top Colorado intern employer with five students, and Hutchinson Technology was the top Minnesota employers with six students.

Other top employers with numerous Mines interns were Nucor with 10 students, Rockwell Collins with 10 students and Bobcat with nine students.

Nearly 80 percent of Mines students have at least one internship on their resume by the time they graduate, and many students have multiple paid work experiences in their field.

“Our internship program is second to none,” said Mines President Heather Wilson. “For employers, it is a chance to engage and assess talented young people. For our students, it is the kind of real-world experience that makes their classroom work come alive.”

Internships often lead to full-time job offers, and several Mines students have reported receiving standing offers from their employers for full-time positions upon graduation. SD Mines has consistently ranked among the top returns on investment in America due to its average starting salary of $63,500 for graduates with a bachelor’s degree.

Mechanical engineering major Luke Malsom is among those who have already secured a standing job offer. Malsom, who will graduate in May, received an offer from his intern employer, Mettler Sichmeller Engineering of Aberdeen, a mechanical and electrical engineering consulting company.

During his summer internship, the Aberdeen native designed heating, cooling, ventilation, hydronics, radiation and plumbing systems on projects in the tri-state area ranging from nursing homes to libraries. Most of his time was dedicated to the multimillion dollar new Redfield School project.

Check out our gallery of Mines summer interns on Instagram at #SDMinesInternships or on our Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdsmt/sets/72157656460647140.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Fran LeFort, (605) 939-4239, Fran.LeFort@sdsmt.edu

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