McKinstry’s B.L.U.E. Internship Program

McKinstry’s B.L.U.E. (Build, Learn, Understand, Enrich) program strives to engage the best and brightest students and provide them with a meaningful internship experience. We’ve purposefully designed our internships to authentically reflect the McKinstry experience. We have a hands-on approach structured to build a foundation of industry knowledge. Meanwhile, we facilitate personal and professional growth through collaboration, exploration and mentorship. At McKinstry, we believe that together, we can build a thriving planet.

Our internship program connects interns with mentors, work teams, and their fellow interns through a paid, full-time, 12-week experience. Interns participate in a number of “lunch-and-learn” sessions focusing on McKinstry’s different offerings and the construction industry as a whole. Additional opportunities—including site visits, networking events, resume critiques and mock interviews—create a well-rounded experience aimed to enrich.

Why intern for McKinstry?

Our goal is simple: We want to provide a valuable experience for our interns so they’ll become an integral part of McKinstry. Whether they join our team as employees immediately or down the road after they’ve graduated, we’re firm believers in the power of bright young minds. Incorporating intern perspectives into our functions and business units allows us to cultivate intellectual capital and grow talent the “McKinstry Way.” It also fuels continuous innovation and strengthens our teams. We’re proud to say that more than 80 percent of our full-time interns over the last five years are still with us today as employees.

Interns who’ve not yet graduated but who work hard and perform well during their internship are often invited back for other opportunities. Once hired on full-time, McKinstry provides a wide range of services for our employees. McKinstry’s in-house employee development team and our very own “McKinstry University” offer a full range of classes, assessments, and trainings designed to help employees hone in on their interests and establish career paths.

What do we look for?

Our campus relations team and our college recruiting program look for students with strong academic backgrounds, leadership skills and exceptional communication skills. While we typically look for students enrolled in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Construction Management programs, we occasionally offer internship opportunities in other fields, such as Technology, Business, Marketing and Commissioning. More than anything, we believe a passion for sustainable design and supporting McKinstry’s efforts to reduce waste is a key characteristic for any of our future interns and employees. If you’re interested in efficiently developing, engineering, delivering and operating the built environment—and believe you meet the requirements for our B.L.U.E. program—we want to talk to you!

What career pathways do we offer?

Where do we have internship opportunities?

While McKinstry itself does work in 15 states, the majority of our summer internships are available at our larger offices—in Washington (Seattle, Spokane), Portland, Denver, and Madison (Wisconsin). Towards the end of fall every year, we finalize the exact number, location, and type of internships we’ll be offering for the following year. Once our internship positions are officially open, we’ll update this page and notify our followers on social media.

Interested individuals should apply directly through our Career Center.

In the meantime, we encourage you to connect with us through our social media channels, as they’re the best way to stay informed about where and when we’re recruiting across various college campuses. We hope to see you at your school this year—check out our fall college recruiting schedule below!

Fall 2017 College Recruiting Schedule

McKinstry will be coming to a campus near you during the fall of 2017! We’ll also be hosting information sessions at several college campuses later in November; please stay tuned for details.


  • 9/18 – University of Wisconsin – Madison, Engineering Career Connection – 1-7 p.m. at Gordon Dining & Event Center
  • 9/21 – University of Colorado – Boulder, Engineering Career & Internship Fair – 10-3 p.m. at Fleming Building Idea Forge
  • 9/25 – University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Fall Career Fair – 2-6 p.m. at Main Career Center
  • 9/27 – Colorado State University – Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Evening with Industry – 4-8 p.m. at Rio Grande Restaurant
  • 9/28 – Colorado State University – Engineering Career Fair – 10-4 p.m. at Fort Collins Hilton


  • 10/2 – Washington State University – Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Evening with Industry – 5-7 p.m. at SEL Event Center
  • 10/3 – Washington State University – Career Expo & Technical Fair – 10-4 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum
  • 10/10 – University of Washington – Engineering Hiring Expo – 4-7 p.m. at Husky Union Building
  • 10/11 – Gonzaga University – Engineering Internship Fair – 10-4 p.m. at the Hemmingson Center
  • 10/12 – Central Washington University – Engineering, Technology, Safety & Construction Fair – 10-2 p.m. at SURC Ballroom
  • 10/17 – Seattle University – Engineering Career Fair – 11-2 p.m. at Campion Ballroom
  • 10/18 – Oregon State University – Fall STEM Career Expo – 10-4 p.m. at CH2M HILL Alumni Center
  • 10/26-28 – Society of Women Engineers (SWE) WE17 Conference – Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas
  • 10/31 – University of Washington – Construction Management Career Fair – 10-4 p.m. at Husky Union Building, North Ballroom


  • 11/2 – Portland State University – Career Fair – 11-3 p.m. at Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom

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