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!

Where do we have internship opportunities?

While McKinstry does work across the country, the majority of our summer internships are available at our offices in Washington (Seattle, Spokane), Portland, Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Madison, Minneapolis, Missoula and Dallas. In the fall, our teams are out and about recruiting at many college campuses across the country—attending career fairs, hosting information sessions and meeting with exceptional students of all backgrounds. By the end of the season, we’ll have finalized the exact number, location and type of internships we’ll be offering for the following summer and open up applications on our Career Center.

How do I apply to intern at McKinstry?

Select internship applications have been opened. We will continue to post new internship opportunities so please keep an eye on our Career Center. If you would like to be updated on new internship positions, be sure to set-up job alerts! We encourage interested students and individuals to apply to those specific positions that align with their career interest. Be sure to select “intern” from the job family picklist to see just intern-specific positions. Applications will be opened winter 2021.

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