Associate Project Engineer Internship

ID 2023-3078
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About Us

Potelco, Inc., a subsidiary of Quanta Services, Inc. (NYSE: PWR), was founded in 1965. We specialize in engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services, which include designing, estimating, material acquisition, project management, construction, emergency power restoration, system maintenance, and similar services. Our expertise is in power, transmission, distribution, and substation projects. We are a leading full-service provider of power infrastructure, construction, and support services in utility and energy contracting throughout the Pacific Northwest and neighboring states.


We are proud to be working with some of the region’s largest energy companies as we continue to modernize their electric systems, move towards de-carbonization, and maintain thousands of miles of overhead and underground lines serving millions of residential and commercial customers. We uphold high safety, productivity, and reliability standards as we work with our customers to provide both current and strategic, forward-thinking energy infrastructure, delivery, and solutions.

About this Role

Potelco, Inc. is excited to offer a 12-week summer internship opportunity for an Associate Project Engineer Intern. We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for comprehensive infrastructure services in the utility construction industry. Join our team and gain hands-on experience while contributing to impactful projects across the Pacific Northwest.


There are four main groups within the Potelco Engineering Department: Transmission, Joint Facilities Notification (JFN), Cable Replacement and Maintenance, and Overloaded Transformer Elimination Program (OTEP) where you may use your skills. As an intern, you will be placed in a specialized area that aligns with your career aspirations.




This internship is designed to provide you with a well-rounded experience in construction project engineering. Over the 12 weeks, you will actively participate in various stages of a project's lifecycle, gaining exposure to fielding, drafting and design, tracking, permitting, and reporting for utility construction projects in the utility construction segment. Embrace the opportunity to work on projects with potential environmental components, adding depth to your learning experience.




This internship is more than just a resume builder; it's a chance to make a real impact. By the end of the 12-week program, you'll have gained:

  • Valuable experience in the utility construction industry.
  • Hands-on knowledge of construction and design.
  • Exposure to cutting-edge technology and engineering practices.


  • A structured 12-week summer internship program.
  • Hands-on experience in construction project engineering.
  • Exposure to a variety of project stages and components.
  • Opportunities for professional development and networking.
  • A supportive and collaborative team environment.

Salary: $25.00/hour


We invite ambitious individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply for this 12-week internship program. Explore the world of construction project engineering with Potelco, Inc. and be part of a team that values innovation, safety, and excellence.

What You'll Do

While duties and responsibilities will vary across Divisions, they may include:

  • Collaborate with Project Engineers in the review of scope, design, cost, schedule, and completion of engineering projects.
  • Assist in the preparation of engineering drawings.
  • Study utility standards implemented in design.
  • Aid in the development of project estimates, pricing, and permit applications.
  • Facilitate communications with customers.
  • Utilize analytical, CAD, and mathematical skills to support the team with related projects, under the direction of experienced team members.
  • Prioritize safety as a top priority.
  • Invest time at job sites for hands-on knowledge and additional training in construction and design.
  • Bring potential project-related problems and possible solutions to the attention of the responsible party.
  • Demonstrate the ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects concurrently, adjusting to a constant shift in project priority and deadlines.
  • Work well in a team environment to complete assigned tasks.
  • Other duties as required.

What You'll Bring

  • Currently enrolled in an engineering degree program, preferably Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, or Structural engineering.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.
  • Basic oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with common word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, project management, and email software.
  • Willingness to travel to job sites.
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage time and resources.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building ability.

Compensation Range

The anticipated compensation for this position is USD $25.00/Hr. - USD $25.00/Hr. depending on experience and qualifications.

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex (including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and/or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and protected veteran status. 


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