Internship Opportunities

2018-19 Office of Physical Plant Internship Opportunities

Penn State’s Office of the Physical Plant is seeking student interns for the Fall of 2018 and the Spring/Summer of 2019. OPP provides excellent facilities services for Penn State. If interested you must post a cover letter and resume on the OPP Internship posting https://psu.jobs. Job Posting #82146. In your cover letter we ask that you indicate the specific area of interest to ensure your resume is considered. During the Fall/Spring semesters, interns may work up to 20 hours a week. Your work schedule and hours per week will be discussed with you by your supervisor. During the summer, interns are expected to work 40 hours a week. If areas of interest are not stated in your cover letter, you may not be considered for an internship position. The salary is $10.50/hr. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted through January 25, 2019. Thank you for your consideration.

Questions: Contact Jessica Dubler.

Design & Construction

Project Management

The Project Management department oversees and coordinates the design and construction of all new construction, renovation, and major maintenance projects for the University Park Campus. They also serve as the primary interface between customers, architects, engineers, and contractors. The Project Management intern position will be responsible for field and office work such as coordinating project resources and contractors, assisting with project documentation, and organization and assisting with project controls and budget management. It is preferred the candidate is pursuing a degree in an engineering or architecture related field. First, second, and third year architecture or engineering students are encouraged to apply.

Contract Administration

The Contract Administration (CA) intern will provide assistance with activities such as contractor prequalification, Construction Manager qualification and selection, bidding, certified payroll, change order review and processing, and Job Order Contracting. The CA intern may also assist with activities related to Project Management Information System (PMIS) implementation.  Although candidates pursuing a degree in an architecture/engineering related field may apply, it is preferred that applicants for the CA intern position are pursuing a degree in Business, Procurement, or the legal/paralegal related field.

Design Services

Design Services provides professional architecture and engineering services in support of the development of Penn State’s building, site and infrastructure projects. These services are provided during all stages of design from initial feasibility studies through concept development and into bid document stage as well as construction support. Services that are provided to Project Leaders and customers include Architectural Design, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Building Information Modeling / Virtual Design support, Code Compliance support and Building Envelope Systems support. Typical activities for an intern include data collection, design support, AutoCAD or Revit production and construction administration support. Candidate must be pursuing a degree in Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Engineering, Construction Management or a discipline related to CAD. Skills and experience in AutoCAD or Revit is preferred. First, second, and third year students are encouraged to apply.  Interns with interests in Mechanical (HVAC) Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architecture or Building Information Modeling / Virtual Design are encouraged to apply.

Renovation Services

Interns for the Renovation Services Groups will be exposed to the basics of the construction/renovation process. Candidates will be involved with all aspects of construction project management from estimating through project close-out. Duties may include meeting with the design team, assisting with estimating, submittal preparation and processing, schedule development, financial tracking, punchlist development and tracking, and project turnover at completion. Skills gained will be beneficial to all Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering student regardless of option or discipline.

OPP Special Events

The Office of Physical Plant is seeking a Penn State student who will work part-time Spring Semester 2019 into full-time Summer 2019 assisting with the coordination and execution of Special Events on campus including THON, Special Olympics of Pennsylvania Summer Games, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Ag Progress Days, Central Pennsylvania 4th Fest, Happy Volley, Homecoming and others.

Possible Applicants: Ideal majors include Hospitality Management; Recreation, Park and Tourism Management; Community, Environment and Development; and Business Management or other type major where work coordinating public events with multiple municipal, university, and nonprofit entities would be advantageous experience. Self-starter with excellent communication skills a must.

Over the course of the spring and summer, the intern will serve as a liaison between event hosts/sponsors and OPP. The intern will assist in coordinating with the event sponsor and their committees to determine the scope of OPP’s support including but not limited to labor, equipment, materials, access, parking, temporary utility service, signage, security, transportation, etc. as necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable event. The intern will also help procure goods and services from outside vendors at the request of the sponsor. The intern will then be responsible for the preparation and communication of work plans, coordinating with OPP Supervisors and the Work Control Center to ensure appropriate resource allocation. The OPP will also coordinate internally amongst Design and Construction to identify and mitigate any conflicts with construction schedules and building/roadway closures. Specific to Special Olympics, the intern will also be responsible for soliciting, scheduling and task delegation of staff volunteers for the event.

The intern may also be asked to lead, and is encouraged to propose, special initiatives aimed at improving Special Events such as sustainability, volunteer recruitment, event procedures and layout documentation.

While the level of physical presence varies greatly depending on the event, it is the expectation that the intern will be available during the event, including set-up and tear-down days for most all events.

The role will also include post-event coordination including scheduling and attendance of debrief meetings with the event sponsors and internal staff, review and analysis of charges and close-out of work orders.

The expectation is that the internship would require part time during the Spring Semester and full time or part time in the summer. After-hours and weekend work is required. Some duties will require physical effort consisting of lifting or moving items weighting 20 and 60 pounds and occasionally moving materials that weigh over 60 pounds.

Ideal candidates will possess strong leadership, customer service, organizational and communication skills. Must be a quick learner and able to manage and organize multiple events concurrently and meet time-sensitive deadlines. Candidates that possess an interest in event coordination, recreation and management are especially encouraged to apply.

Energy & Engineering

Facility Automation Services

This division provides engineering and commissioning services that optimize the University’s building automation systems in order to increase occupant satisfaction and decrease energy use. Some of the specific tasks for which FAS is responsible include Building Automation Application Engineering; Installation, maintenance and repair of the Utility and Security fiber network; Monitoring connected buildings from the central station; Building Automation server and software maintenance; New product investigation and recommendations; and Building Automation Commissioning Services. Interns in this department will have a variety of tasks that may include assisting with the design, engineering, documentation, maintenance and commissioning of Building Automation systems.

Engineering Services

The Office of Physical Plant Energy and Engineering Division is seeking interns interested in energy management activities. Projects will include reviewing utility bills and meter readings, preparing and submitting benchmarking data for various reporting efforts, retrieving energy and utility information from databases, writing reports, and identifying energy savings opportunities. Candidates must be willing to do field work that includes but is not limited to visiting buildings to obtain physical data and performing or assisting with building energy audits that may require entrance to mechanical spaces. Candidates must have a background in Engineering or Science with core courses such as Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, HVAC and Lighting a plus. Must have excellent computer skills. Familiarity with renewable technologies like solar and geothermal are preferred. Candidate should also have the ability to communicate clearly, the ability to translate complex information for a variety of audiences, and ability to perform various tasks independently. To apply please complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume. Hours, wages, and anticipated period of employment will vary up to 20 hours during the Fall and Spring Terms. During the Summer 2019 this position could be up to 40 hours.

The Office of Physical Plant Energy and Engineering Division is accepting applications for Student Interns for the Summer of 2019 (May-August). These interns will be focused on support for the Existing Building Commissioning Program (which commissions existing HVAC systems typically). Work duties will include, but are not limited to: preparing documents for the building commissioning team, updates and revisions to the commissioning website, drafting using AutoCAD software, calculations, and on-site building evaluations. These interns will be directed the Commissioning Engineer. 40 hrs./week (flexible), Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. schedule range (flexible starting time). Full-time 3rd, 4th or 5th year students from the College of Engineering, majoring in Architectural Engineering (Mechanical Option preferred), and who are motivated to gain a further understanding of building HVAC systems through work experience are encouraged to apply. If interested, please complete the online application and submit a cover letter and resume.

Utility Services

The Office of Physical Plant Energy and Engineering Division is seeking interns interested in Utility Services. The position includes reviewing the various assets for each utility, aide in defining asset maintenance strategies, reviewing work orders, and support training activities of the various users on the Computerized Maintenance Management System.  Candidates must be willing to do field work that includes but is not limited to visiting buildings to obtain physical data of a piece of equipment and assisting with the maintenance strategy.  Candidates must have a background in Engineering or Science with core courses such as Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, HVAC, Electricity or Lighting. Must have excellent computer skills and be familiar with database systems. Candidate should also have the ability to communicate clearly, the ability to translate complex information for a variety of audiences, and ability to perform various tasks independently. To apply please complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume. Hours, wages, and anticipated period of employment will vary up to 20 hours during the Fall and Spring Terms. During the Summer 2019 this position could be up to 40 hours.

Physical Security

This office directs and manages Physical Security for the entire University, including all commonwealth locations.  This includes surveillance, access control, security alarms, and other life safety systems.  The intern(s) selected will be assigned various security-specific tasks/projects designed to assist in improving Physical Security administration, processes, and/or systems while providing an opportunity to learn about managing Physical Security in a complex organization.  Specific tasks/projects will be determined based on the current needs of the work unit and the intern candidate’s interests and abilities, but will be within the broad categories of electronic access, key management, surveillance, and/or security administration.  While any major or level is encouraged to apply, preference will be given to those applicants pursuing related majors (such as Electrical Engineering, ITS, Public Administration, Public Safety, and/or Criminal Justice).  Work hours will be restricted to weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Buildings & Grounds

Recycling and Composting Education Intern

Information coming soon!

Custodial Services

Information coming soon!

Arboretum

The Office of Physical Plant and The Arboretum at Penn State are offering paid ($10.50/hour) internships for Penn State students interested in career paths in horticulture, arboriculture, and nursery production. These are full-time (40 hour/week) positions with a 14-week term from May 6 – August 9, 2019. All internships include an educational component featuring both on-campus sessions and off-site field trips. Resumes will be accepted until January 31, 2019.

Horticulture: This internship provides a hands-on introduction to horticultural and grounds management practices in a public garden setting. Interns work side by side with Arboretum staff to manage day-to-day garden operations throughout the growing season. Highlights include installation of the Arboretum’s summer floral display, supervision of volunteer groups, and skills training in the use of tools and equipment.  (Positions available - 3)

Arboriculture: This internship provides a hands-on introduction to tree care practices in a public landscape setting. Interns work side by side with Penn State staff arborists to manage day-to-day tree care operations on the University Park campus. Highlights include skills training in tree climbing and rigging, as well as training in the use of tools and equipment. (Positions available - 1)

Nursery Production: This internship provides a hands-on introduction to greenhouse and nursery operations in a public landscape setting. Interns work side by side with Penn State staff horticulturists to manage day-to-day operations at Penn State’s Tower Road Greenhouse complex, which produces ornamental plants for use in landscapes across the University Park campus, including The Arboretum at Penn State. Highlights include hands-on training in annual, perennial, and woody crop production, irrigation systems, and crop planning, as well as training in the use of tools and equipment. (Positions available - 1)

Application:

  • Applications must be submitted electronically via the Penn State Jobs website at psu.jobs. Instructions for using the PSU Jobs website are available at psu.jobs/faq.
  • This position is listed as Job #82146, Office of Physical Plant Intern.
  • Applicants must include a cover letter and resume in application materials.
  • Applicants must specify in their cover letter which position/s (Horticulture, Arboriculture, Nursery Production) they are interested in. Applicants may indicate more than one area of interest.
  • Qualified applicants will be contacted for in-person interviews during early March.

Planning, Design, & Properties

The Division of Planning, Design, & Properties (PDP) is seeking landscape architecture, architecture, and architectural engineering students as interns for the summer of 2019.

The primary mission of this group is to promote wise stewardship of the University’s physical assets and to provide responsive, high quality, and creative planning & design solutions, as well as project oversight, for both exterior and interior spaces, in support of the University’s mission.

Core responsibilities include master planning, architectural design and oversight, interior space planning and programming, landscape architectural design and oversight, exterior and interior signage, and managing University real estate.

Based on the applicants’ backgrounds and interests, the successful candidates will assist staff with a wide variety of tasks, some of which may include:

  • site reconnaissance & research
  • design conceptualization & development
  • project design meetings & job conferences
  • graphic design & production
  • documentation & database management
  • construction observation
  • historical review and/or cataloging information regarding existing buildings 
  • observations and polling of user satisfaction of recently completed projects
  • E-Builder and process improvement support 

Excellent visual, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills are important, along with proficiency using AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, and Microsoft Office.Hand drawing skills are a plus.

Work Control

Project Planning & Estimating

Information coming soon!

Facility Asset Management (FAM)

Information coming soon!

Document Center

The Document Center at the Office of the Physical Plant is offering a unique opportunity for interns interested in document management, database management, archival records and historical architectural drawings. The Doc. Center is currently working to digitize historical Penn State drawings of all the buildings at University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses. We are looking for an intern interested in capturing, analyzing, organizing, categorizing and uploading these documents to a database.

Qualified applicants should have graphic skills (Photoshop) and a base knowledge of architectural drawings and terminology. Qualified individuals should be detailed-oriented, dependable, possess a high degree of organization and have customer service experience. They must be computer-savvy and well-versed in Microsoft Office products. Experience with DocFinity or similar data storage software is preferred, but not mandatory.

Office of the Associate Vice President

Communications

OPP is looking for an intern to assist in creating and developing compelling content to reach both its internal audience, as well as its various external audiences, including faculty, staff, students and parents. Opportunities include contributing content to the internal employee newsletter, writing news stories that will appear in Penn State News and other publications, assisting with the creation and editing of website content, and contributing creative content for use on Twitter.

ITS

This position will be responsible for answering HelpDesk calls, troubleshooting problems and escalating issues not immediately resolved, the setup and configuration of new computers and laptops using IMB BigFix build processes, and the installation and configuration of specialized software. In addition, the position will troubleshoot and resolve Penn State wireless issues on iOS devices and laptops, troubleshoot and resolve connectivity issues, and assist in the support of more than 900 computers and 300 mobile devices. This position will also help with any large-scale projects, such as replacing desktops throughout OPP units and shops. Knowledge of Windows 7, 8.1, and 10; mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Android); problem solving and troubleshooting skills preferred.

Commonwealth Services

Information coming soon!

Environmental Health & Safety

Information coming soon!

Administrative & Financial Services

OPP Stores

Information Coming soon!

Penn State Health

Facilities Planning & Construction - Project Managment

The Facilities Planning & Construction group oversees and coordinates the design and construction of all new construction, renovation, and major maintenance projects for the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State University College of Medicine on the Hershey Campus. They also serve as the primary interface between customers, architects, engineers, and contractors. The Project Management intern position will be responsible for field and office work such as coordinating project resources and contractors, assisting with project documentation, and organization and assisting with project controls and budget management. It is preferred the candidate is pursuing a degree in an engineering or architecture related field. First, second, and third year architecture or engineering students are encouraged to apply.