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Burns & McDonnell Civil-Site Engineering Intern - Substation (Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois


Our Civil Interns are responsible for performing tasks requiring the application of standard civil engineering techniques and procedures. This includes standard design of civil project work, assisting lead engineers with various project duties, and other duties as assigned.

Project work includes civil structural design of utility infrastructure including electrical substations, both overhead and underground transmission lines, pipelines, renewable facilities, and EV charging stations. The market is continuing to evolve due to technology advancements and policy changes. Projects partner with utilities to design, plan, and improve the modern electric grid. Civil Structural tasks within the group include:

  • Site access design (truck-turning movements/modeling).

  • Site grading & earthwork modeling (balancing cut/fill).

  • Selection & placement of soil erosion & sediment controls (per state or local guidelines).

  • Watershed delineation and modeling (hydrology).

  • Design of storm drain, culvert, swale, and spillway sizing (hydraulics).

  • Selection & sizing of stormwater best management practices (per state or local guidelines).

  • Utility (water/sewer) service connections to public mains.

  • Assisting with Civil construction specifications, quantity take-offs, and bidding support.

  • Review of contractor submittals, RFIs and as-built preparation.

  • Assist with ad hoc projects as assigned by managers.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Pursuit of Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Civil or Structural Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program

  • Currently enrolled, and in good standing, in a post-secondary education and/or technical certificate program in a field related to the work done in the department.

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA strongly preferred.

  • Prior internship and/or related consulting experience preferred.

  • Actively involved in campus, community or other volunteer activities or organizations.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Basic knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office programs, including, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

  • Self-motivated and eager learner, aptitude to grow and develop within the field.

  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis without requiring future sponsorship for employment visa status.


Job Intern

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Req ID: 224682