Civil Engineering Internship (Special Projects)

  • KPFF
  • Long Beach, CA, USA
  • Feb 25, 2021
Part Time Paid Intern Civil Engineering (general) Transportation Engineering

Internship Description

With over 1,200 employees nationwide, KPFF is an engineering-focused company that is organized around the philosophy that great people thrive in an environment that enables freedom and independence while also providing the necessary amount of accountability and support. 

Trust and excellence are foundational values for our company.  Our non-bureaucratic approach depends on passionate, trustworthy people who are dedicated to excellence in everything they do.

We focus on long-term stability and prudent growth by building lasting relationships, maintaining an excellent reputation, helping improve our profession, helping our clients to succeed, and providing increasing opportunities for the great people that make up KPFF.

KPFF Special Projects  – We have recognized that there are specialized issues associated with the development of certain projects, which require unique management and technical skills.  The KPFF Special Projects Group was established to directly address these concerns with a unique combination of focused dedication to successful delivery via specialized project managers, a highly qualified technical staff, and a predisposition to think and act innovatively. Special Projects has offices located in Seattle & Tacoma, WA, and Long Beach, CA, with a total staff size of 90+ people.

Our work generally leans toward heavy civil, structural, industrial, and waterfront infrastructure throughout the US. Our Long Beach office also designs many site development, housing, and street improvement projects. We are frequently tasked with solving unusual, multi-discipline challenges that require an innovative and team-oriented approach.

Civil Engineer –  KPFF’s Special Projects Group is seeking a full-time or part-time CIVIL Intern in our Long Beach office.

Position Requirements:

KPFF is seeking a motivated Junior or Senior level Civil Engineering student for a summer internship in the Long Beach Office of our Special Projects Division.  The  Civil Engineering Internship being offered is up to 20 hours per week for 2.5 to 4 months depending on the candidate’s availability or KPFF workload. Job responsibilities will vary by project and individual intern, but generally include the following:  

  • Assist a civil engineer with various tasks associated with the project design, including calculations, plan production and review, and cost estimating.
  • Assist in office duties such as making copies, assisting with reports, picking up and dropping off packages.
  • Assist with project site visits. The applicant may be required to navigate through a job site and must comply with all Company and Site safety requirements in the office and on the job site.  

The Long Beach Office works closely with the Pacific Northwest offices of KPFF's Special Projects Division located in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. These offices are part of a dynamic 90+ person group that provides planning, civil, structural, and mechanical engineering, as well as project management and construction management. We provide these services on a wide range of project types through all stages of development.

Current project types and potential work includes:

  • Container terminal infrastructure design and construction support
  • Ports; wharf design, waterway dredging, terminal operations building, rail infrastructure
  • Ferry terminals
  • Fisheries Engineering;  hatchery building and pond design, diversion and intake structures
  • Marinas
  • Site Development for various types of projects including Industrial, Commercial, Residential
  • Street Improvement Projects

Job Skills & Abilities Guidelines:

  • Computer proficiency is required, including Microsoft Office Programs
  • Computer-Aided Drafting experience is desired (Autocad /Civil 3D and/or Microstation)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Functions effectively as part of a team
  • Dependability
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Good Time Management Skills

KPFF's Special Projects Long Beach office is part of a dynamic 90+ person group that provides project management, planning, civil & structural engineering, mechanical engineering, and machinery design. We provide these services on a wide range of project types through all stages of development.

Typical project types include:

  • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Ports
  • Ferry Terminals
  • Industrial Developments
  • Shipyards
  • Cruise Terminals
  • Small Boat Harbors and Marinas
  • Railway Infrastructure
  • Stormwater Management
  • Fisheries Engineering
  • Airports  
  • Affordable Housing
  • Street Improvements