Mining Engineering Internships and Co-ops

Where Our Students Intern

Cargill, Inc. · Kiewit Corporation · Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. · Westmoreland Coal Company · Cloud Peak Energy · Barrick Gold Corp. · Newmont Mining Corporation · LaFarge · Rio Tinto · U.S. Steel · and more

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 Mining Engineering and Mining Management. 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 South Dakota 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.

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

For questions regarding co-op opportunities within the Mining Engineering and Management department, please contact the co-op advisor, Dr. Ivy Allard.

Dr. Ivy Allard
(605) 394-2448


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

Internships Lead to Career Opportunities

South Dakota Mines is known for its ROI - the Return on Investment of your education dollars measured by the earning potential you receive from your Mines degree. Internships and Co-ops are part of the reason Mines grads command high salaries. In addition to academic theory, you'll add real world experience to your resume.  Mines interns get paid well during internships and co-ops too -- see our Career Center Internship page for earnings statistics.

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