Summer Internship Program

We are visionaries, and we want you on our team.

At Hanson, we are always looking ahead, always searching for cutting-edge solutions to the obstacles our clients face. We know that sustainability is the key to a prosperous future, and we believe in the value of young minds with progressive ideas.

Whether you dream of a career in engineering, planning, surveying, information technology, accounting or business development, we have a multitude of full-time and part-time paid internship opportunities to complement your classroom experience.

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When you join us as an intern, you become part of our team. As an employee-owned company, we are invested in each other’s success. Our interns have a seat at the table and a role in the field — top-notch learning experiences in the trenches with seasoned professionals. Many of our past interns have seamlessly transitioned into full-time positions with us after graduation. Read about one of our full-time aviation employees who found a home at Hanson following an internship.

We have offices in cities across the nation, and most of our interns can work in or near their homes or school communities. Interoffice collaborations offer enriching opportunities to learn about projects in various regions and disciplines. 

Hanson's internship program ranked No. 11 in Vault's Best Engineering Internships for Technology and Engineering for 2022! Check out our internship program's many awards here.

Come find your future with Hanson!

Our practices

Hanson’s internal structure is comprised of six practice areas, which encompass the services we offer to clients and the disciplines that help us staff our projects. Our practice areas benefit our employees, allowing them to stretch their experience, receive comprehensive mentoring and add challenging projects to their resumes. Summarized below, our practices include construction and asset management, environmental, facilities, geostructural, land development and transportation. Once you’ve explored the options, we invite you to apply to the areas that fit your interests. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Construction asset management

Surveying/data collection 
Professional and technical staff perform surveying and produce data products for topographic, boundary and right-of-way surveys, as well as UAS and geospatial imaging and modeling, mobile and terrestrial LiDAR mapping.

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Environmental assessment

Environmental scientists and biologists specialize in local, state and federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental regulations and permitting for primarily public sector projects, including departments of transportation (DOTs) and local governments.

Environmental compliance
Environmental scientists, geoscientists and engineers navigate local, state and federal regulations to prepare and obtain operating permits (waste disposal, wastewater, stormwater, air, etc.) and provide environmental compliance and remediation support for Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plans, site constraints analysis investigations, soil and groundwater sampling, contaminant fate and transport modeling, waste management, monitor well installations and statistical evaluations of groundwater data.

Natural resources
Environmental scientists and biologists interpret local, state and federal permitting regulations for primarily private-sector projects, including railroads, airports and industrial and power clients. 

Water resources
Engineers perform hydrologic and hydraulic model studies in support of the planning, design and permitting for dams, water supply reservoirs, levees/flood control structures, bridges, roadways, airports and other water control and stormwater projects.

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Commissioning and energy
Commissioning specialists, controls specialists and energy engineers provide third-party commissioning services, including on-site functional testing of existing or new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC); plumbing; and electrical systems. They also perform energy audits per ASHRAE standards and provide monitoring-based commissioning and measurement and verification services to our clients across the U.S.

This discipline includes mechanical engineers and mechanical designers who specialize in the design and assessment of HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection systems for new buildings and renovations/replacements. Specifics encompass HVAC airside systems, including air-handling units, ductwork and diffusers; water-side systems, including chilled water and heating hot water central energy plants; and new or replaced building automation systems.

Electrical engineers and electrical designers specialize in the design and assessment of power, lighting and low-voltage systems for new buildings and renovations/replacements. Specifics encompass building electrical systems up to 480v/3ph power, including main distribution panels, conduit and wiring, receptacles and emergency power systems with generators and transfer switches; interior and exterior lighting systems and lighting controls systems; and low-voltage systems, such as fire alarm, communications, CCTV, access control and specialized audio/visual systems.

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Structural engineers, designers and technicians design bridges and related structures for both public-sector and private-sector projects. Areas of specialty within the discipline include a focus on roadway bridge structures and rail bridge structures. Typical project types include local and state highway bridges, river crossing bridges, bridge rehabilitations and bridge condition ratings.

Building structural
Structural engineers, designers and technicians focus on the design of buildings and other non-bridge structures for both public-sector and private-sector projects. Typical project types include hospitals, educational facilities, historic building rehabilitation, forensic engineering, renewable energy, rail and industrial facilities and flood mitigation.

Geotechnical engineers, specialists and technicians specialize in the behavior and understanding of soil and rock mechanics related to public-sector and private-sector engineering projects. Typical project types include subsurface investigations, preparation of geotechnical design recommendations for the design of building foundations, earth retaining structures and pavement subgrades and forensic studies.

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 Land development

Civil/sitework engineers formulate site development plans; design and model civil/sitework improvements such as roads, utilities and stormwater service for public, residential, commercial, and industrial land development. The Civil/sitework discipline relates closely with many of the other disciplines and provides the opportunity for a wide variety of project involvement.

Aviation is a specialized field of civil engineering and transportation planning related to the development and maintenance of airport facilities.  Staff in the aviation discipline possess a large array of skill sets, including the planning of airfield features; pavement design; site grading and drainage and the associated modeling; and geometric layout of the edge lighting, pavement marking and navigational aids that assist pilots navigating an airport. 

Water/wastewater engineers design systems for the safe production and conveyance of potable water and treatment of sanitary waste to remove harmful substances before returning the water to the ecosystem. Common tasks include code awareness and permit application, development of specifications for pumps and other mechanical equipment, design of storage tanks and the application of water chemistry.

Land Acquisition
Land acquisition specialists appraise, negotiate acquisitions and provide relocation services on behalf of our clients for use on public and private projects where available land is insufficient. As part of the process, each specialist interacts with the property owners and will assist them with identifying alternative properties for relocation when circumstances or regulations require.

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Civil engineers plan, design and prepare construction documents for rural and urban roadways, freeways and interstates for local, state and private clients. Aspects of design include vertical and horizontal alignments, geometric design, intersections and interchanges, roadside safety, pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, pavement marking and signage, utility coordination, erosion control and construction staging. Software including MicroStation with Openroads/Geopak or AutoCAD with Civil3D are often used for this work, which may include 3D modeling of the existing and proposed improvements.

Civil engineers collect and analyze traffic and safety data for use in a variety of traffic engineering studies on projects of all sizes. Studies often include proposed traffic distribution for future conditions, origin/destination studies, travel demand modeling, microsimulation, examination of crash data, predictions of anticipated crash frequency using the Highway Safety Manual (HSM), traffic impact studies, geometric design and alternatives analysis, intersection/interchange design studies and noise analysis. Construction documents are prepared for traffic signals, traffic signal interconnect, active pedestrian warning devices and traditional and innovative intersection geometric design. Work typically involves various software packages, including Highway Capacity Software (HCS), Synchro/SIM Traffic, Sydra, VISSIM, VISSUM, CUBE, MicroStation, AutoCAD and GiS.

Civil engineers plan, design and prepare construction documents for a variety of rail clients. Aspects of design include rail alignments and geometrics, grading plans, drainage and utility plans, pavement markings, construction details, erosion control and construction staging and phasing. Work is typically done in MicroStation with Openroads/Geopak. AutoCAD with Civil3D is used for select projects.


Civil, industrial and mechanical engineers help clients with projects relating to the development of industrial sites. Logistics reports are prepared to:

  • Identify and document existing logistics associated with the production, loading and distribution of various products on a site and network basis.
  • Complete time-motion analysis to meet client production needs with various alternatives.
  • Develop recommendations for improvements to increase efficiency of the logistic product distribution network.
  • Develop new cost-effective concepts to support the logistics of clients on new and active industrial sites and prepare construction documents to implement efficient logistic solutions, including rail alignments and geometrics, road alignments and geometrics, grading plans, drainage and utility plans, erosion control, construction details and permitting. AutoCAD with Civil3D or MicroStation with Openroads/Geopak are used for this work.

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