Student Jobs and Co-ops

Through cooperative education (co-ops) and internships, South Dakota Mines students have many opportunities to apply their education to "real world" work experiences. Students are employed by industry and government agencies in positions related to Materials and Metallurgical Engineering. Students may gain 1-3 hours of academic credit for their co-op or internship experience upon department approval. Students registered for co-op courses keep their full-time student status during the semester they are on co-op. All Mines students are encouraged to have relevant work or research experience prior to graduation. Co-ops are often 6-8 months (semester + summer). Internships are usually for the summer or part-time during the school year. However, the terms are used interchangeably by employers.

On average 75% of South Dakota Mines graduates have relevant work
experience upon graduation

The average co-op/intern salary for 2015-16 was $17.16/hr
*Some employers also provide housing allowances, bonuses, and relocation
expenses that are not reflected above.


For questions regarding co-op opportunities within the Materials and Metallurgical department, please contact the co-op advisor, Dr. Jon Kellar.

Dr. Jon Kellar
(605) 394-2343