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Release Date Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nearly 550 SD Mines Students Intern at Companies from NASA to Pepsi

Senior Dakota Rusley interned at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center before being offered a full-time job.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (June 31, 2017) – Nearly 550 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students spent the summer building their resumes through valuable work experiences with 252 employers including 3M, Bobcat, Burns & McDonnell, Caterpillar, Cargill, Dow Chemical, Ford, Dish Network, Garmin, Michelin, NASA and Pepsi, among others. Students interned in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., the Midway Atoll, Germany, Hungary and India.

One of the key factors in the 96 percent job placement rate for South Dakota Mines graduates is its strong internship program, and this summer 539 students put their science, technology, engineering and math skills to work at companies big and small, earning an average $18.08 per hour.

Bobcat was the top employer with 19 students. Other top employers with numerous Mines interns were Cargill and the South Dakota Department of Transportation with 18 students each; Kiewit and Raven Industries with 11 students each; and Nucor with 10 students.

Of the internships, co-ops and paid research experiences, 205 were in South Dakota with 88 employers in 22 communities. The SD Department of Transportation hired the largest number of Mines students in the state with 18, followed by POET with 13 and Raven Industries with 11.

Colorado companies employed 15 students at Burns & McDonnell, Dish Network, Freeport McMoRan, Kiewit and Newmont Mining, among others. Minnesota companies employed 33 students at Medtronic, Cargill, Blattner Energy, Digikey, Target Corporation, and Dow Chemical, to name just a few.

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.

“Internship experiences make our students very marketable to employers, and they are a key factor in the tradition of high placement rates of Mines graduates,” said Darrell Sawyer, assistant vice president for student development and director of the Career & Professional Development Center.

Internships often lead to full-time job offers, and 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 $62,929 for graduates with a bachelor’s degree.

Senior computer engineering major Dakotah Rusley is among those who have already secured a standing job offer. Rusley, who will graduate in May, received an offer from his intern employer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Through NASA's Pathways internship program, the Baker, Mont., native spent the semester involved in the research and development of a high-efficiency, low-power electric thruster for CubeSat operations.  He also provided support for a 3-D imaging LIDAR that will fly on NASA's upcoming Restore-L satellite servicing mission.

Rusley was one of six Mines interns at NASA this summer.

See our gallery of SD Mines interns.

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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 2,859 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Dani Mason, (605) 394-2554, danielle.mason@sdsmt.edu

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