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Minnehaha County Internships for Civil Engineer/GIS Students in SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota

The opportunity to learn how drainage and pavement are impacted by a culvertis conditionHands-on experience collecting field data using ESRI productsDay hours i 7:00a .m. i 5:30 p.m.Fri/Sat/Sun off every weekOutdoor work majority of the day$14.25/hr with full-time hours most weeks all summeriClosingi3/8/2021 5:00 PM CentralSalary - $14.25 hourlyiGeneral InformationThe Minnehaha County Highway Department has two summer internships available for students enrolled in an Engineering or GIS program to conduct and update our culvert inventory and records. This work entails assessing the conditions of concrete and metal culverts located on approximately 350 miles of county highways. This pair of interns would be outside and away from the office about 90% of the time between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., four days a week, Monday through Thursday. All weekends are three-day weekends with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. There are two summer internships available that will begin in mid-May 2021 and end in mid-August 2021.County staff are committed to providing a rich and rewarding experience. iAs time allows, interns will be invited to attend select engineering design and coordination meetings with consultants, transportation planning meetings, construction inspection reviews, and other administrative meetings in order to round out their experience. iAfter completing their summers with us, students frequently comment on how their involvement with the engineers and technicians at the County Highway Department shape and influence their career aspirations. iThey gain insights into what it means to be an engineer working in transportation and local government while contrasting that with some exposure to private practice and consulting.iPlease attach a cover letter and resume to the application.This is a very good opportunity for Engineering students to learn how a culvert's condition impacts drainage and pavement performance over time.For GIS majors, it is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience collecting field data using ESRI products which are used as part of a highway agency's asset management system.Examples of Duties IncludeOn a typical day, the two person team will depart from the Highway Department and survey 7 to 11 miles of road per day gathering inventory data on all culverts crossing under the main-line highways. Such data includes pipe size, shape, material, and defects such as percent full (of sediment), joint separation, undermining, cave-ins, vegetative growth, etc.iThis information will be put into the County's ArcGIS system which is updated live through the use of an Apple iPad and Collector for ArcGIS. Training in the use of the iPad and assessing culverts will be provided. In case of inclement weather, other duties may include sweeping the shop, cleaning windows, mowing around the grounds, etc.Minimum QualificationsMust be enrolled in a college or university working towards a geography/GIS degree or an engineering degree. Must have a valid driver's license with a safe driving record.i Must be able to work independently in hot weather and walk down steep slopes and traverse rocky or slippery terrain on foot. Must be able to use a measuring tape with accuracy. A working knowledge of ArcGIS and/or other ESRI products and Apple iOS is beneficial.i

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