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

Location(s): WI - Eau Claire


Is it time to see how all those college courses translate to the real world?  Are you ready to work alongside experienced professionals on real projects and issues? An internship at Xcel Energy will give you practical experience in the energy industry at a company that’s committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship.



Start Date: May/June 2021 

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-time during the summer and fall 2021. Students will need to defer their fall 2021 semester of study if particpating in the 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 2021 are not eligible for an internship job, and will not be considered. You must be currenlty enrolled in an ABETaccredited 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 2021. 

•       Graduating Seniors as of Spring 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 (May - December 2021)


Preferred Requirements

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

•       Unofficial transcript submitted with application





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) || Generation || 60102:ES PO REL Eng Renewables || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $21.20 - $28.40 per hour

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Requisition Number: 29242

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