Author: Julie Ross

Internships – Michigan STEM Forward

Ann Arbor SPARK and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) are launching Michigan STEM Forward, a statewide program that matches students attending Michigan colleges and universities with internship opportunities at the state’s leading innovative companies. Companies do not have to be in a specific industry, but all internships must be STEM-focused. Michigan STEM Forward provides students meaningful career experience and promotes job retention in the state, while providing financial support to companies who hire these interns.

Based on Ann Arbor SPARK’s successful internship match program, the state tapped the regional economic development organization to steer the new statewide initiative, working with regional SmartZone service organizations to connect companies with interested students.

“Ann Arbor SPARK is thrilled to leverage our decade of experience running our own Ann Arbor-based internship program and take the opportunity to administer the Michigan STEM Forward program on behalf of the state. We have a solid track record of delivering results that help both businesses and job seekers: Of the students that participated in our internship program over the last five years, 84 percent of them accepted jobs in Michigan upon graduation,” said Bill Mayer, Ann Arbor SPARK’s vice president of entrepreneurial services. “It’s vital that we not only attract talent to Michigan, but retain aspiring jobseekers post-graduation as a strategy to extend the pipeline of workers available to growing companies.”

The program will place 425-450 STEM students currently attending Michigan colleges annually into STEM-focused internships throughout Michigan.


DTE: Co-op

Assignment will include:

·         Processing of turnover documentation and engineering drawing reviews

·         Validation of metadata for completeness and accuracy

·         Working with Document Management for digital file storage

Work location – virtual, but will have occasional site access ability

Students can apply through this link: Student Co-Op – Southeast Michigan (dteenergy.com)

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in the program.  Those who are graduating from college within the term they are applying are not considered students and therefore are not eligible for the program (i.e. Individual graduating from college in upcoming May and applying in March, not considered eligible).

– Graduating high school seniors who will be attending college in the Fall are eligible to participate, if they meet age requirements.

–  Students must be at least 18 years of age by the time they start working to be eligible for program.

– Students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

–  College students will be asked to provide an official transcript as proof of eligibility prior to receiving an offer letter of employment.  High School Seniors will be asked to provide a college acceptance letter prior to receiving an offer letter of employment.


Volunteers for the Build and Broaden Food Sovereignty Symposium Needed

The Build and Broaden Food Sovereignty Symposium will take place September 19-21, 2021 at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) and Northern Michigan University.  They are looking for volunteers to help coordinate the KBIC Day on September 19.  If interested, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Symposium seeks to provide opportunities for Indigenous knowledge holders, researchers, practitioners, producers, and community members to share common interests, insights, and dialogue from across the fields of Indigenous agriculture and foods. Content of the symposium aims to center on four interrelated themes – Indigenous food ecology, economy, diversity, and sovereignty (FEEDS) to build and broaden education and collaboration, specifically in ways that FEEDS the body, mind, spirit, and community.

The Indigenous Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Symposium will explore histories, contemporary movements, and future transformations of Indigenous agriculture and food sovereignty in North America. On the first day of the Symposium within the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the theme is SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL: PRACTICING FOOD SOVEREIGNTY. For days 2-3, we invite proposals within the following overarching Symposium themes on day 2, TWO SIDES OF A CIRCLE: ECOLOGY & ECONOMY and day 3, THE EARTH WILL SHOW US THE WAY: EDUCATION & DIVERSITY.

This Symposium brings together academia, Traditional Knowledge Holders, and the local Great Lakes community for discussion of key issues and means of collaboration through organizations such as the Intertribal Agriculture Council, National Science Foundation, Northern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, and more! 


Job Posting – Office Engineer & Inspector

KBA, Inc (Seattle, WA) believes the single most important factor that influences our success in Construction Management is our enthusiasm for our work. We at KBA take pride in ourselves and our quality of work, professionalism, and spirit of teamwork. KBA seeks individuals who are passionate about excelling in a construction management career to join our growing team.

We offer competitive salaries and benefits, and support professional development.

We WORK HARD and we HAVE FUN.

Current Opportunities: https://secure6.saashr.com/ta/6167340.careers?CareersSearch

  • Inspector
  • Inspector – Seasonal
  • Office Engineer

Kris Overleese, PE (’94 Tech Alum, Env. Engineering). President/CEO of KBA, Inc.


Job Posting – Remediation & Redevelopment Division (Student Assistant)

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is currently recruiting for a Student Assistant within the Remediation & Redevelopment Division.  This position is located in Lansing, MI. This position is open to all and interested applicants must apply through NEOGOV.

If you are interested in obtaining more information or applying for this position, click on the link below.

Job Posting


WEDA Fellowship Position

The Western Dredging Association is pleased to introduce the new WEDA Fellows program.  Effective September 1, 2021, the program will provide an incentive for students to contribute to the advancement of the dredging profession through significant and sustained contribution to the dredging discipline via excellence in dredging education, innovation in practice or education, demonstrated meritorious service, and/or knowledge sharing. 

The Fellows program will provide $5,000/term or $10,000/school year to an eligible student.  Eligibility will include students currently in their senior year of undergraduate work, masters and doctorate students, maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, in educational disciplines including, but not limited to, dredging, coastal engineering, civil engineering (with a study focus on water), and oceanography. 

Applications for the WEDA Fellows must be completed and submitted by June 15, 2021 and emailed to Tom Cappellino at tcappellino@westerndredging.org

Thank you and we look forward to your applications.

~ WEDA Educational Commission


Scholarship – ASCE (Mackinac & Zuidema)

The Michigan Section of the ASCE encourages the advancement of the Civil Engineering profession by qualified and interested students. To that end, the ASCE Michigan Section offers financial support through two scholarships. These scholarships have been endowed through the efforts and generosity of individual Civil Engineers and leading Civil Engineering companies throughout Michigan. Applications are due by Memorial Day

Mackinac Scholarship: Named in honor of Michigan’s #1 Civil Engineering Project of the 20th Century by the ASCE Michigan Section membership in December 1999, the Mackinac Scholarship is intended to recognize a premier Civil Engineering student from Michigan. The award will be presented annually, and will consist of a two-year grant of $5,000 each year (totaling $10,000 over a two-year period) to a student entering his or her junior year at an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering program. The award considers merit, personal initiative, and financial need and encourages both participation in a student chapter of ASCE and contributions to the advancement of student engineering.

Zuidema Scholarship: Named in honor of an outstanding Past-President of the Michigan Section and the Western Michigan Branch of ASCE, the Marvin L. Zuidema Scholarship Award is presented annually to a student member of ASCE who has made a contribution to the advancement of student engineering activities. This award will consist of a one-time grant of $1,500, and considers academic performance as an indication of preparation for a future career in Civil Engineering. The Zuidema scholarship is available to either a junior or senior in an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering program.

Click the link below to access more detailed information and the application itself. 

ASCE Michigan Section Scholarship application 


Scholarship: Asian American Architects and Engineers (AAa/e) Foundation

The Asian American Architects and Engineers (AAa/e) Foundation is offering $30,000 in scholarships and grants ($5,000 for each award) to students and professionals studying/working in the Architecture, Engineering, or Construction (AEC) industry.

For the AEC Education Grant, applicants do not need to be an AAa/e member but membership is only $8.00 for students in case they would like to benefit from other perks. You can apply for AAa/e membership at: www.aaaesc.org/membership_join.

You can visit their website at https://www.aaae.ngo/scholarship/ to learn more about the requirements and apply for the scholarships or grants. The deadline to apply is May 28, 2021.


Job Posting – Water Resources Program Manager & Wetland Specialist

The Band River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians has a Water Resources Program Manager position and Wetland Specialist position opening in the Mashkiiziibii Natural Resources Department.

If you are interested in one of these positions, please complete the required application and return it to the Human Resources Department.  Information for these job postings (and others currently open) including the application materials and job descriptions can also be found on the Tribe’s Career webpage at http://www.badriver-nsn.gov/careers/.

Water Resources Program Manager

Wetland Specialist

Tribal Application


Job Posting (Co-op/Internship) – Foth

Are you looking for a Co-Op/Internship experience for the Fall? Foth Infrastructure and Environment is currently seeking a team-focused, passionate, and results-oriented Civil Engineering Intern who is looking for a hands-on learning experience in waterfront engineering, site development, dredging, construction management, and local, state and federal permitting. This full time internship will be based out of our office in Marion, MA office from September 2021 through January 2022. This position will give someone a chance to live and work in an ocean-side town while adding experience and professional growth to their resume! Click the link below to see more about what opportunities Foth has to offer! 

Foth – Waterfront Civil Engineering Internship