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Electrical Engineering/Technology Internship

Date: Jan 10, 2022


Company: Consumers Energy

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas.  At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do.  Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us!  Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.


Department Summary

The Engineering Internship Program is geared toward current college students who have a passion for Engineering, an interest in Consumers Energy and the energy industry.  The Engineering Internship Program at Consumers Energy has core principles of skill development, ability enhancement, and knowledge application – experience designed to be complementary to traditional classroom instruction.


Job Description/Responsibilities

Current college students of all levels will work as part of a larger team to provide hands-on support and design / development for various engineering aspects of our business.  This could include work in energy delivery – electric engineering, energy delivery – gas engineering, energy operations, and more – all while helping create a better tomorrow for the communities we serve!


In addition to working alongside full time employees carrying out the engineering function for Consumers Energy, Engineering Interns will have the option to participate in a number of additional optional events within the program. This includes intern networking events, company tours, and the consistently top-ranked philanthropic event, the Intern Challenge.


Electrical Engineering Intern assignments may include opportunities in:

  • Low Voltage Distribution Planning
  • Distribution Standards and Materials
  • High Voltage Distribution Lines Design and Standards
  • Instrumentation & Control, Design, and Standards
  • Low Voltage Distribution Engineering
  • Substation Design and Standards
  • System Control & Monitoring
  • Plant Engineering
  • Project Engineering
  • System Engineering
  • Along with many more!


There are so many new, exciting opportunities in the world of engineering. It’s a very exciting time for Consumers Energy; come be a part of history – and fun!


IMPORTANT NOTE: This posting does not represent a specific position and is posted for the purpose of collecting resumes for students interested in an Electrical Engineering internship opportunity with Consumers Energy. Opportunities could include summer 2022 Internships, fall or spring co-op, part-time year-round co-op, etc.


Due to the nature of this posting, and alignment to the fall recruitment season, applications will be collected from January through end of February of 2022. Response to your application may be delayed due to the extended application period. The best way to stand out is to connect with us through virtual events or company held networking opportunities and social media.


Consumers Energy Employee Referrals:

If you are a Consumers Energy employee that would like to refer an applicant to this position, please visit your Workforce Connect home page and utilize the “Refer Friends and Family” section.


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Actively enrolled and pursuing an ABET-accredited bachelor's degree in Engineering, with a specific focus in Electrical Engineering. The following MUST be true in order eligible for an Intern role.


  • A current full-time student
  • currently pursuing Bachelor's in Engineering at ABET school
  • currently pursuing a Master's in Engineering at ABET school
  • currently pursuing an Engineering-related Master's while having completed a Bachelor's in Engineering at ABET school


Minimum GPA requirement of 2.7 or higher.


The following skills and experiences may set you apart from others:


  • Hands-on experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of MS Outlook is ideal
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to new assignments and projects
  • Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills are critical
  • Must possess the attitude and aptitude to learn new skills and concepts
  • Ability and willingness to work independently or as part of a team in order to complete tasks
  • Prior work and/or internship experience is a plus


The location of the internship may vary depending upon assignment and travel within the State of Michigan may be required. However, during this time of uncertainty, we are committed to ensuring the safety and health of our communities and co-workers.  We are using new and innovative ways to interview and onboard new employees remotely at this time. This role could be remote until our leadership team has determined it’s safe to resume work in the office.


Essential Functions

Planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Electric and Gas Distribution and Electric Generation systems as well as facilities and ancillary support process for all utility operations.  Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects, Practice Areas, and offices. An individual possesses the skills to lead, problem solves, and work well in a team environment.  The individual should exemplify safe work practices and follow the company’s compliance standards.  Lead and/or assist with engineering projects to include design, plans, inspections, system planning, specifications, reports, maps, environmental impacts, permits, contracts, schedules, estimates, surveying, easements, data collection, construction observation, and field investigation.  Provide engineering services with accuracy, integrating all applicable governmental and company laws, standards and procedures on time and under budget. Use computer-assisted engineering, design, and drafting software and equipment to prepare engineering and design documents.  Understand and follow company established standard procedures for file structure and standard drawing procedures for projects.  Become familiar with plans and specifications, maps, and related material for each project and be able to utilize the information appropriately.  Assists in client contact and communication.  Utilize effective oral and written communication skills to provide technical expertise to coworkers, clients, customers, government entities and the public.  Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with stakeholders. Attend internal and external meetings.  Provide all engineering services in a legal and ethical manner. Reviews operating and construction sites to monitor progress and other duties per the design documents.


Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual to typically work 40 hours per week with 85% of the time spent in the office or specific field locations. Travel is required to job sites and project meetings and could be significant dependent upon location.  Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with storm restoration activities. The individual should be willing to participate in the on-call rotation in case of potential storms. Individuals may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to help with storm restoration which may require overnight stays Individuals must have a valid driver’s license.


Physical Requirements 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Must be able to stand and walk for periods of up to and beyond eight hours in all kinds of weather; snow, mud, dirt water, ice, etc.  The employee frequently is required to talk or hear.   The employee must frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to fifty pounds.  The recommended maximum weight for employees to lift without the aid of other employees or a lifting device is 35 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The noise level on the construction site is often loud.  Individual must have the ability to work up to 16 continuous hours during emergent work.


Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In compliance with the Executive Order issued by President Biden, all CMS Enterprises and Consumers Energy co-workers are required to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  This includes remote, hybrid and in-person employees, new employees, and our service contractors. All hires must be fully vaccinated before they start. Proof of vaccination will be required. If you are unable to be vaccinated due to a disability (including medical conditions) or a sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance, you may be entitled to an accommodation in accordance with applicable law.


All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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