Internship Program


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*Company Internship Handbook

*Overview of Internship Experience Template

A twelve credit hour internship (equivalent to 480 contact hours of work) is required for all Construction Management students. Internships are approved by the department based on evidence that experiences will be provided in the following areas:

  • Management related experience with a residential / commercial / heavy-highway/industrial construction company.
  • Exposure to supervising or assisting with supervising people in an office or field setting
  • Experience in estimating materials, time, OH&P
  • Experience in scheduling projects / subcontractors
  • Reviewing contract documents (plans-specifications) and communication with the owner or owner reps (architect, engineers)
  • Attend bid openings/negotiations / progress meetings/preconstruction meetings of the company
  • Interact and communicate with subcontractors/material suppliers
  • Have at least one project dealing with safety on the site (e.g. work with OSHA, develop a safety program, conduct a safety audit)
  • No more than 20% of the intern’s time may be devoted to production/labor on the project site

Students complete an internship as either a junior or senior and most select one of the following options:

  1. Summer between junior & senior year
  2. After completing all course work. Most in this situation are seeking a permanent position and the first twelve weeks of employment serve as their internship. May be completed at any time of the year.

Responsibilities of the Employer

  • Interview students interested in internship position.
  • Work with intern to develop a formal training plan.
  • Provide guidance and training.
  • Compete mid-term and final evaluation of the intern.
  • Provide feedback to the Internship Coordinator at the end of the experience (Coordinator will visit site or contact you by phone).

Responsibilities of the Student

  • Complete preliminary paperwork prior to obtaining internship.
  • Apply for an internship as if applying for a job.
  • Develop a training plan outlining activities and goals in measurable objectives.
  • Complete daily journal and submit to Director at the end of each work week.
  • Complete a midterm and final self-evaluation.
  • Prepare a paper summarizing the experience.

Internships Benefit Students, Employers, and the University

The internship experience has proven to have mutual benefit for all parties involved. For the student, it becomes an excellent opportunity for transition from the classroom to the workplace environment. For the employer, it offers the chance to work with persons who have recently been involved in educational experiences and are therefore, eager to learn how to apply their newly acquired knowledge to the workplace. For the university, it offers the chance to make connections with business and industry, thereby offering potential for program development and enhancement.

Internship 2015 Information


The internship is 12 full weeks, working full-time (with Memorial Day and Fourth of July off).  Interns must work at least 460 hours during the 12 weeks, many will work more.  Interns may work longer, but on-site academic requirements must be fulfilled in the 12 week period.  There are 15 weeks during the summer timeframe with the last day of finals being Thursday, May 7 and fall classes resuming on Monday, August 24.


Start/stop date options are as follows:

Monday, May 11 – Friday, July 31

Monday, May 18 – Friday, August 7

Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, August 14


Academic Assignments requiring company input or completion (all are responsibility of the intern)

Company Profile                          Due at the end of Week 1

Training Plan                                Due at the end of Week 2

Project Charter                            Due at the end of Week 4

Midterm Evaluation                     Due at the end of Week 6

Video Conferences                     Early June & Early July

Follow-Up Call / Site Visit           Scheduled during Week 7-12

Final Evaluation                          Due at the end of Week 12

Final Presentation                      Students will be taking photos and gathering information during their experience.


Contact Information

Brenda Jochum, Director Industrial Technology Internships University of Nebraska at Kearney Otto Olsen Bldg. 132A Kearney, NE 68849-2120 (308) 865-8122 (308) 865-8976 fax [email protected] website link: We will be adding open internships on this website in the future. To advertise an internship opportunity on this website email [email protected].

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