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Cupertino Electric Intern in Palo, Iowa

Posting Title: Intern

Reports To: Project Manager

Location: Palo, IA

Salary Range: $18.00/hour to $20.00/hour


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.


Cupertino Electric has quickly become one of the largest EPC solar companies in California, working with commercial, utility and municipal customers of all shapes and sizes. For decades, CEI has also been the preferred electrical design and construction partner of corporations, institutions and utility companies.


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.

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.