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Alliant Energy Intern - Generation Engineering in Ottumwa, Iowa

An internship with Alliant Energy is your opportunity to apply your coursework to challenging and meaningful projects. Last summer, our interns completed projects with a direct impact on our company’s future, including creating customer experience proposals, meeting customer renewable energy needs, and implementing new systems. Interns were able to virtually network and learn about Alliant Energy through a kick-off event, executive luncheon, fun interdepartmental challenges, and other opportunities.

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Job Description

I am Energy! Are you? Alliant Energy is currently recruiting for exciting college internship opportunities for summer 2024. Join us as we work toward a clean energy future for the communities we serve!

Our internship program empowers you to apply your coursework to challenging and meaningful projects. Join one of 30+ interns between our Iowa and Wisconsin locations in this experience including an executive luncheon, volunteer events, site tours, networking activities and other opportunities. You’ll continue to develop your skills through meaningful work.

  • Location: Prairie Creek Generating Station, Cedar Rapids, IA (on-site)

  • Start Date: Monday, May 20th

What you will do

Alliant Energy is seeking an aspiring engineer pursuing (or recently graduated from) a degree in mechanical or chemical engineering to assist the Generation Engineering team.

You will report to the Prairie Creek Generating Station located in Cedar Rapids, IA. The role assists the principal performance engineer and consists of a mixture of hands-on work (such as thermal performance testing, outage inspections and outage commissioning) and desk work (such as data analysis, preparing test reports, and spreadsheet data entry). You may be requested to travel to support other facilities across our fleet (IA and WI).

Working within the power stations will require wearing multiple forms of PPE (provided, except for safety steel capped boots); physical exertion in a hot, possibly dirty/dusty environment, climbing stairs, standing on gratings and handling bulky equipment.


  • We are looking for students or recent graduates with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, process engineering, mechatronics engineering, computer science or related

  • Currently holding a GPA of 2.75 or higher

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have an active interest and desire to learn about the power industry

  • Have completed or be currently enrolled in dynamics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, power plant systems or related classes

  • Have access to a reliable vehicle to travel to locations outside of Cedar Rapids. Anticipated travel is 20%. Overnight stays may also be required on occasion.

  • Have availability for occasional early starts and long days

  • Have availability 40-45 hours/week

Our people are passionate about what they do, the product they sell, and the customers they serve. If you're looking for an opportunity to be a part of a work family that values collaboration, innovation and dedication, we're the right company for you.

Our Values

Live Safety. Everyone. Always | Make Things Better | Care For Others | Do The Right Thing | Act For Tomorrow | Think Beyond. Be Bold

Alliant Energy is committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law. We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this dedication, Alliant Energy works to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to preform key job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the HR Service Center at (608) 458-8458.

Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been crafted to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not crafted to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Alliant Energy and affiliates is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. Applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please email

It's an exciting time to join Alliant Energy! Our innovative thinking and fresh, sustainable approach to energy sets us apart. If you're looking for a place that values diverse backgrounds, offers flexible work options and wants to build better communities and a better tomorrow, consider a career with Alliant Energy.

At Alliant Energy, our employees make a difference by delivering an essential service for our customers and communities every day. We care about our employees. We want them to be safe, happy and healthy.

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