[unav_all] Job Openings - 3 Field Engineer Interns - 2013 UNAVCO Engineer Internship Program

Roseanne Scheske scheske at unavco.org
Wed Mar 13 14:52:35 MDT 2013

Job Openings - 3 Field Engineer Interns at UNAVCO


UNAVCO, Inc. a non-profit university-governed consortium facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy. We challenge ourselves to transform human understanding of the changing Earth by enabling the integration of innovative technologies, open geodetic observations, and research, from pole to pole.

UNAVCO Engineer Internship Program

This summer UNAVCO is offering unique engineering internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Our internships are real-world work experiences related to the students major or career goal. As an intern you will be an integral member of the UNAVCO team and play an important role by contributing your knowledge, skills, and abilities to specific projects. Our managers teach interns what it is like to work in a non-profit organization that facilitates research and education. In turn, we anticipate that you will play an important role in achieving project goals and that throughout the internship we are able to share expertise, leverage best practices and forge lasting relationships.

Internship opportunities for engineers are available in:
               Anchorage, Alaska
               San Clemente, California
              Portland, Oregon
What to Expect 
Internship assignments vary each year based on business needs. Managers identify a specific business need, designate a role and create a statement of work for the intern. The intern will be assigned real-world work, with real impact to UNAVCO and the community we serve. The manager will be the intern’s supervisor and mentor.

The intern will receive a company orientation and then collaborate with their manager to develop a work and learning plan that aligns with the statement of work. Before beginning work, interns will receive appropriate training, including compliance and safety training. Interns will meet with their managers weekly at the beginning of their assignment and have a formal performance evaluation at the middle and end of their assignment. Weekly meetings and performance evaluations provide an excellent opportunity for interns and their managers to share expectations and feedback about the work and learning plan and the intern’s experience. 
UNAVCO provides many formal and informal learning opportunities; this includes team meetings and various company meetings. Interns will be invited to participate in these events as well as other UNAVCO business and social events.

The internship will begin on June 10, 2013 and end on August 2, 2013 and requires a full-time, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. commitment for the 8-week program.


Interns are paid an hourly rate of $13.50/hour and provided a bus pass for local transportation, if necessary. 

Eligible to work in the United States
 Available to participate fully in the program, including ability to arrange transportation and housing for the duration of the assignment
College junior, senior, or graduate student
Complete online application online by March 29, 2013 at midnight Mountain Time
-      Online application

-      Statement of Interest and Professional Goal

-      Unofficial Transcripts

-      2 Letters of Recommendation

Interested in the UNAVCO Engineer Internship?

Visit our website at www.unavco.org for more information about our work. If you are interested an internship apply online at www.unavco.org/careers.

Please no calls from agencies or recruiters.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Junior and Senior and Graduate Students


There are 3 Field Engineer Intern positions, one each in Alaska, California and the Pacific Northwest. The Field Engineer Intern will work along side experienced Field Engineers to install, upgrade, and maintain global positioning satellite (GPS), borehole strain meter (BSM), tiltmeter, and communications within their assigned region equipment to support various networks within UNAVCO’s Plate Boundary Observatory.

·       Light construction.

·       Unpacking, storing, packing electronics and equipment.

·       Troubleshooting and repair of electronic equipment.

·       Documentation of station metadata, including photo documentation of station visits.

·       Data entry and reporting.

What You Will Learn

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about data collection and research in the Geosciences utilizing high precision GPS, DC power systems, modem telecommunications strategies, and other instrumentation while enhancing engineering and technical skills. Interns will experience work in a professional setting and in the field with some trips lasting up to 20 or more days.

·       Junior and senior-level undergraduate student or graduate student in Engineering, Geosciences or Earth Sciences, including, but not limited to Geology or Geophysics.

·       Ability to work from assigned location and travel for moderate to extensive periods (50% or more).

·       Strong oral and written communication skills.

·       Ability qualify for UNAVCO driving privileges including 21 years of age, current drivers license, medical physical, no driving violations in the past 12 months, no DUI’s or DWAI in the past five years, and pass driver qualification road test.

		Preferred Requirements
·       Experience with GPS, geospatial data, GIS software, and other instrumentation and tools.

·       Experience with basic construction.

·       Working knowledge of safe practices when working with electrical power and wiring, hiking, and working in remote locations.

·       Experience with GPS.

·       Must be comfortable traveling in light aircraft, helicopters and watercraft of various sizes.

·       Previous experience with remote back-country travel.

		Working Conditions

		Work will be performed in a professional casual office environment with significant fieldwork required. Working conditions vary from mild to extreme and the intern can expect to work outdoors in a broad range of weather conditions. Repeated lifting and carrying of 50 to 70-pound batteries across 			uneven terrain, over distances up to 1/2 mile, up and down slopes.


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