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Release Date Monday, February 1, 2021

Despite Pandemic South Dakota Mines Hosts Largest Spring Career Fair Ever

Mechanical engineering student Jonathon Kittelson, (pictured on the left with his supervisor, Jayden Prauner) spent last summer interning with Cardinal Health in Norfolk, Neb.  While in school 79% of Mines students land at least one paid major-related internship before graduation, many of students find internship opportunities at a university hosted career fair.


South Dakota Mines held the largest springtime career fair in university history with 126 vendors signed up to take part on Tuesday, Feb. 2. These vendors are lining up to hire Mines students for internships and full-time positions despite the ongoing pandemic.  

“This speaks volumes for the value each and every Mines graduate brings to society,” says Patricia Mahon, Ph.D., Dean of Students at Mines. This past fall, hiring slowed slightly due to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. Employers are now planning for the end of the pandemic, and they are eager to hire Mines students and alumni for internships and full-time positions. Mines career fairs are generally attended by over 1,000 students. The university moved the event to a virtual format in the fall of 2020 to reduce COVID-19 spread. The fair remains virtual this spring.

Vendors and employers at the Spring 2021 Career Fair include companies, military, governmental organizations and universities. Businesses and organizations attending include 3M, Abbott, Black Hills Energy, Caterpillar, Cargill, Daktronics, Emerson, FBI, Freeport-McMoRan, Garmin, Kiewit, Air Force Civilian Services, Scull Construction, Nucor, Omnitech, Raven, Sanford Health and many others. These employers come from 31 different states plus DC with 33 in-state companies represented, 14 of these are from the Black Hills.

Despite the pandemic-related economic slowdown South Dakota Mines students remain in high demand. The most recent numbers show 96% of recent graduates are employed in their field of study. Mines graduates enjoy an average starting salary of $66,500.  While in school 79% of Mines students land at least one paid major-related internship before graduation. Mines student interns make an average of $19.70 per hour, many students use this money to offset their tuition. The cost of attending Mines is lower than many competitors and the university has been ranked the number one engineering school in the nation for return on investment.

South Dakota Mines’ career fairs are open to Mines students and alumni only.



About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,418 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $66,150. For these reasons College Factual ranks South Dakota Mines, the #1 Engineering School for Return on Investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu

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