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Cupertino Electric Summer Internship - Entry Level Project Engineer Track (Multiple Locations) in Altoona, Iowa

Posting Title: Summer Internship - Entry Level Project Engineer Track (Multiple Locations)

Salary Range: $18.00/hour to $26.00/hour

Final determination of a successful candidate’s starting pay will vary based on a number of factors, including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, education and experience. The pay scale listed for this position is generally for candidates that meet the specified qualifications and requirements listed on this specific job description. We provide a competitive compensation package that recognizes your experience, credentials, and education alongside a robust benefits program to meet your needs. Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets.


For nearly 70 years, Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) has been powered by people who’ve built a reputation for delivering high-profile, complex projects. Real, tangible things that alter the landscape and improve lives. But even more than that, we’ve built a reputation for integrity. We’re problem solvers and innovation seekers. We’re team players and safety fanatics. And we always—always—do the right thing. Even when no one is looking. Because what we do here is important, but how we do it is everything.


Our strong project management teams, dedicated in-house engineering resources and skilled union field staff work together seamlessly to deliver commercial projects that are as innovative and unique as the clients who build them.


The Internship Program at Cupertino Electric, Inc. is a 10-to-12-week program designed to expose undergraduate and post-graduate students to various aspects of CEI’s core markets: Commercial, Data Center, and Energy & Renewables. The program offers students unique opportunities to contribute to real-world projects and make meaningful industry connections. Although we are headquartered in California, we have major projects and offices in many other states including Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Utah.

Below is a detailed example of responsibilities an intern may participate in or contribute to during their time with CEI:

  • Estimate Phase : Creating a bid strategy, getting quotations, and writing proposal letters.

  • Pre-Construction: Negotiating contract terms, creating an original budget and schedule. Creating a plan with the production team to address; efficiency, logistics, and materials. Organizing all documents and drawings, selecting subcontractors and holding a job start meeting.

  • Construction: Managing materials, submittals, and change orders. Maintaining activity logs, managing materials, vendors, and subcontractors. Writing documents including RFI’s and notice letters. Monitoring project progress, including cost and safety.

  • Closeout: Managing closeout documents, commissioning equipment, and returning excess material.


We seek the most curious, confident, and resourceful candidates in the US that are interested in the electrical construction industry. Our most successful new hires flourish because they do not accept the status quo. They work hard, learn and grow from their inevitable mistakes, and enjoy working with a team.


At Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI), we celebrate the challenge. Complex electrical construction projects requiring creative solutions, and this is what we thrive on. As part of the Internship Program at Cupertino Electric, you’ll be on a career development path to project management. You will gain the unique opportunity to start your career in the Construction Management industry. You will be exposed to a wide variety of experiences and tasked with solving a comprehensive set of challenges. You’ll work directly for a project manager or project executive on a team that partners with field, engineering, and design teams. It’s ok if you don’t have a deep understanding of electrical construction, just be ready to learn and get fired up. You'll have the opportunity to soak up knowledge from everyone you work with – from the journeyman and general foreman to the project team assigning daily tasks.


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: High School Diploma or GED required. Current student studying Construction Management, Business, Engineering, or similar preferred.

Licensure/Certifications: None required.

Experience: 0 years of experience required.

*Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. This position is not eligible for sponsorship.


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CEI is a place where every single person can—and does—have an impact on the work we do and the communities we serve. Here, you can build your own story and grow to your full potential. You can collaborate and celebrate with amazing people. And you’ll go home every day knowing you helped contribute to important work that shapes people’s lives. Our commercial, data center and energy projects may be complex, but our approach is simple. We build great things and we do it with great people.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department, program or project needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

Cupertino Electric Inc. aims to make accessible to any and all users. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation to navigate our website or complete the application process, please contact us at or 1-(877)-747-4CEI.

Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.