Co-op & Intern Program Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a co-op or intern position at CDM Smith?

All current co-op and intern positions are posted online. In support of our sustainability practices, we do not accept paper resumes, but only those submitted electronically. We not only deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to our clients, but we are more committed than ever to applying sustainability in our own operations.

When should I apply for a co-op or intern position?

We hire student employees throughout the year, and each school maintains its own schedule for their respective co-op and intern programs. Check with you school’s career center for additional information on its policies and procedures. Typically, we begin to collect resumes for summer opportunities in the middle of March.

What qualifications do you look for in a co-op or intern?

We employ a wide range of co-ops and interns at all stages of their education, including those students seeking their bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in many different majors. Our student co-ops and interns maintain a high grade point average and are leaders on and off campus. We look for students who want to make a tangible contribution to projects and who are dedicated and enthusiastic about learning.

What type of co-op and intern positions do you have available?

We hire co-ops and interns on a part- and full-time basis across a wide range of disciplines, such as:

  • Air Quality Engineers/Scientists
  • Architects
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Construction Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Human Resources
  • Geologists/Hydrogeologists
  • Geotechnical Engineers
  • GIS/Information Management Specialists
  • Instrumentation & Control Systems Engineers
  • Management Consultants
  • Marketing & Graphics
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Transportation Engineers
  • Water Resources Engineers

What is it like to be a co-op or intern at CDM Smith?

We have more than 100 offices worldwide, with our co-ops and interns working side-by-side with talented CDM Smith employees, mainly in our U.S. locations-. Our student employees have the opportunity to network across the firm with our experienced staff, as well as other co-ops, interns, and recent graduates.

Do returning co-ops and interns work in the same location and position during each work period, or is there flexibility in the locations and positions offered?

On a case-by-case basis, our returning student employees may be able to work in a different location or position, depending on the current openings in our offices.

Will I receive college credit for my work experience at CDM Smith?

Your ability to receive college credit for your time here depends on your school's co-op and intern regulations. Check with your school’s career center for more information. However, it is our experience that most of our student employees receive college credit for their work with the firm.

Does CDM Smith hire its co-ops and interns for full-time positions after graduation?

We have a long history of employing our co-ops and interns in full-time positions after graduation. We hope the work experiences our co-ops and interns have sparks an interest in the organization for the future; it is never too early to start looking at full-time opportunities at CDM Smith. This program is a unique opportunity to take a first-hand look at what it is like to join our team.