Internships and Work Experience Student Options
During their academic career, Construction Management students have the requirement and opportunity of obtaining industry experience with a variety of construction companies and organizations through the following:
Internship (CON 487) – structured three-month and six-month required course where students are placed in the construction industry working full time gaining exposure to construction management responsibilities. The course must overlap the student’s final summer before graduation.
Work Experience – industry experience for all other students earlier in the program, often with exposure to the field. This group of students does not register for a course nor have assignments.
Construction Management Internships
Why recruit CSU CM interns?
The internship program can be viewed as an investment by the sponsor company. Participating companies provide interns with invaluable training and experience, and in return get the benefit of working with students before committing to full-time employment.
On average, 45-65% of Construction Management graduates accept full-time positions with the company that sponsored their internship.
CON 487 internship is a required course for credit, with prerequisites and assignments where students submit a final portfolio for a letter grade. Internships are full-time (40+ hours per week) with a sponsor company in a construction related field. Students must be of at least junior standing in the Construction Management program and complete the internship course over their final summer term. Those students completing a 24-week internship will take a semester off from coursework in addition to a summer term.
BEFORE HIRING AN INTERN, please be aware of the following requirement: interns are required to gain valuable experience in the management of construction projects and processes. General labor does not meet the requirements of the registered internship.
While the department places great value on trade experience, we encourage students to take advantage of those opportunities when satisfying their pre-internship ‘Work Experience’ and reserve the internship course for experience in management and operations. If your company would like to provide laborer or trades opportunities, please focus your recruiting efforts on our work experience students who are encouraged to gain valuable experience in the field.
Sponsoring an Intern
The Phelps Placement Office assists in placing students on internship via the CON 267 Pre-Internship course, the career fair, and on-campus intern interviews. Contact the Phelps Placement Office for more information or to schedule interviews.
Sponsor companies should review the Phelps Internship Placement Program description and must agree to the Sample Master Internship Agreement to gain eligibility. (Please contact the Phelps Placement Office for the DocuSign Agreement)
All interns should have a day-to-day mentor/supervisor.
Sponsors must be licensed general contractors, subcontractors, consultants, or organizations (i.e. city, county, or federal entity). With few exceptions, residential painting, residential roofing, deck/fence building, manufacturing, testing and inspections, material handling/deliveries, landscape installation and maintenance, building/rental maintenance, service calls, etc. do not count towards a student’s Work Experience or Internship requirement. Retail sales, rental companies, and commissioned positions also are not eligible.
The Phelps Placement Office utilizes our CMJobs Recruiting Portal for candidate interview selection. This site enables students to access each participating company’s profile and interview dates. Students indicate interest with specific companies which is then available to recruiters along with a PDF of all intern resumes for review. Companies then review and select candidates for interviews.
During the scheduled intern interview week, industry representatives interview students and, subsequently, make job offers. Compensation and possible travel expenses are negotiated between the student and sponsor/employer. Companies are asked to notify the Placement Office of any interview no-shows, internship offers, and acceptances/declines. The student is also required to provide placement information once employment is confirmed.