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 mechanical 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 the past academic year was $17.16/hr 

*Some employers also provide housing allowances, bonuses, and relocation expenses that are not reflected above.

Your co-op experience must be full-time employment and a full semester in length (spring or fall). Summer internships can qualify, but they are limited to a maximum of two (2) credits. An entire explanation of the co-op and internship process can be found here. Students must read through this guide prior to enrolling in any co-op course. Three credits of co-op can be used to satisfy one of your required three credit ME senior electives.

For questions regarding co-op opportunities within the mechanical engineering department, please contact our co-op advisor, Dr. Joseph Thalakkottor.

Dr. Joseph John Thalakkottor
(605) 394-2434

Co-op and Internship Resources

Opportunities for Undergraduate Students  

The ME department currently has opportunities for work-study positions, recruiting stipends, and undergraduate research. For more information, please contact

Opportunities for Graduate Students

The ME department currently has graduate assistantships available for MS and PhD students. Please contact your advisor for more details.