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College Intern - Engineering


Phoenix, AZ, US

Date:  Feb 29, 2024

Requisition ID: 16676


Join us in building a better future for Arizona!

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power and named one of Arizona's best employers by Forbes. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.


Why Work at SRP

SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health, and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Pension Plan (at no cost to the employee)
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Available your first day: Medical, vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Over 200+ hours of PTO (includes vacation days, holidays, floating holidays, and sick leave)
  • Parental leave (up to 4 weeks) and adoption assistance
  • Wellness programs (including access to a recreation and fitness facility)
  • Short and long-term disability plans
  • Tuition assistance for both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • 10 Employee Resource Groups for career development, community service, and networking



SRP is currently recruiting College Interns for students majoring in engineering programs. This internship provides "on-the-job" experience to develop skills and provide exposure to the power utility industry, specifically, for the Substation Design, Construction, and Maintenance teams.


Substation Design, Construction, and Maintenance (SDC&M) is responsible for the reliability of SRP substation assets. The SDC&M mission is accomplished by effectively and efficiently managing resources, by providing innovative and sustainable engineering solutions, by providing quality construction services and designs, and by providing safe maintenance practices that ensure reliability and meet industry standards.


Engineering majors currently under consideration include: Electrical and Civil. 


SDC&M Teams:

  • Substation Design is a comprehensive design service organization that is responsible for the design of transmission, industrial, commercial and distribution stations, as well as providing planning, estimating, engineering, material procurement and support for customers in substation construction and maintenance. 
  • Substation Maintenance Engineering & Technical Services provides engineering and technical support in the management of substation assets. Responsibilities are spread across five functional areas:
    • Substation Maintenance Engineering – Designs and continuously improves the substation maintenance program.
    • Substation Services – Manages work, scheduling, resource planning, and budgeting for all capital and O&M work for design, construction, or maintenance of substations.
    • Substation Procedures and Controls – Develops and maintains formal procedures for all SRP work in switchyards adjacent to nuclear generating facilities.
    • Substation Facilities – Maintains substation grounds, property, buildings, HVAC, fences/walls & gates, foundations, structures, driveways and access roads, storm water control, and oil containment. 
    • Substation Troubleman – First responder to all substation trouble calls, alarms, storm outages and other critical situations, as well as substation monthly inspections, reporting inspection findings and making minor field repairs.  

What You May Do

  • Structural – Substation steel & foundation design
  • Grading, Drainage & Site development
  • Landscape Design for substation enclosures       
  • Development of General Arrangement, Grounding, Conduit, and Control House layout
  • Development of One Lines, Three Lines, Panel Layouts, Aux Power, and Schematic and Connections of apparatus equipment
  • Special Studies – Facilities Studies
  • Computer-aided drafting
  • Project management
  • Cost estimating
  • Supporting existing maintenance engineering activities
  • Assist with Root Cause investigations for equipment failures.
  • Research manufacturer drawings, manuals, technical documents to support field crews.
  • Assist engineers with project management of electrical crews and outside departments during equipment failure and replacements.
  • Assist engineers with analyzing dissolved gas samples and electrical test results for equipment health assessments during routine maintenance activities.
  • And/or other job-related tasks as assigned by the manager


College level coursework (200+) from an accredited institution will be evaluated on an individual basis according to the skill/level to determine if applicable to the position by management. 


  • Experience with MicroStation and Mathcad preferred, but not required.

Additional Information

Training and Learning Outcomes:

  • On-the-job training in a variety of areas including civil, physical, and electrical design, MicroStation, Mathcad, and familiarity with electrical industry standards as pertains to electrical and civil design.


Pay Structure/Hours/Hybrid Workplace:

  • This is a paid opportunity for a student working a minimum of 15 hours per week up to 40 hours per week. However, work hours and schedules may fluctuate based on departmental needs.
  • Applicant must be enrolled and attending a minimum of six (6) college credits per Semester (200 or higher-level courses) for the duration of the internship.
  • Pay rate is $18.75 per hour for an undergraduate intern and $20.80 per hour for a graduate intern.


Hybrid Workplace

SRP currently offers a hybrid workplace, which allows employees whose jobs can be performed remotely, and who have sufficient technical capability, to telework up to three days per week. Although teleworking is available, all employees must live and work in Arizona. We are taking steps to protect the health and well-being of all team members, and by following a number of health and safety protocols, to reduce the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement

To promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.


Work Authorization

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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