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Civil/Structural Engineering Intern (Hydro) - Eau Claire, WI Job

Location(s): WI - Eau Claire


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.



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Length of Internship: Full-time, 6-8 months

Location: Eau Claire, Wisconsin and northwestern Wisconsin

Xcel Energy is seeking a civil/structural/geotechnical engineering student to work full or part-time from January to May, then full-time during through August 2022. Students will need to defer their Spring 2022 semester of study if particpating in the full-time co-op. The person hired for the hydro engineering position should be prepared to spend significant time outside in the field at various hydroelectric facilities. The position is located in Hydro Operations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Hydroelectric facilities are located throughout northwestern Wisconsin. If hired, travel expenses, including mileage, lodging, and meals, are covered by the company. The company does not provide reimbursement for initial relocation costs. The ideal candidate must be able to live in the Eau Clare, WI area for 6-8 months.


Students graduating Spring 2022 are not eligible for an internship job, and will not be considered. You must be currenlty enrolled in an ABET accredited college or university to be considered. 


Position Summary

Work with the engineering staff to support hydroelectric plant projects and operations. Work as an entry level engineering analyst performing various tasks primarily related to dam safety and hydro operations. Duties may include construction observation, dam safety inspections, plans and specifications review, risk evaluation, emergency action planning, and technical report writing and review. Through practical field experience and mentoring, successful candidate will gain significant professional and technical skills.


Minimum Requirements

•       Must be enrolled in an ABET accredited civil or structural engineering program

•       A Junior or above as of Spring 2022. 

•       Graduating Seniors as of Fall 2021 (not continuing to graduate school) are not eligible to participate. 

•       Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

•       Ability to communicate effectively; both written and verbally

•       Must be self-motivated, have good technical skills, and ability to work well with others

•       Reliable transportation

•       Able to travel to various hyrdro facilities at least 25% of the time

•      Must be able to commit to the internship for 6-8 months (January- August 2022)


Preferred Requirements

•       Course work in structural, geotechnical, or water resources engineering and an interest in dam safety and hydropower

•       Unofficial transcript submitted with application





COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, Xcel Energy requires all new employees be fully vaccinated or receive a formal medical or religious accommodation prior to their start date, unless prohibited by state or local law.


As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  WI - Eau Claire || WI - Eau Claire || United States (US) || Operations and Generation || 60102:ES PO REL Eng Renewables || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $21.20 per hour

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Requisition Number: 38677

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