Unlock your potential with KJ's Kickstart Internship Program

As an intern at KJ, you will engage in hands-on projects across the U.S., from technical report writing and design plans to site visits, all while collaborating with a dynamic and supportive team. You’ll receive mentorship, professional development, and networking opportunities while gaining exposure to various projects related to water resources, water quality, wastewater, and water treatment, and recycled water planning and implementation issues. Elevate your skills, expand your network, and make a significant impact with KJ as you work on meaningful projects and set the stage for a successful career.

The application period for KJ’s 2024 Kickstart Internship has closed.

KJ will be accepting applications for the 2025 Kickstart Internship from September 1, 2024 until January 31, 2025.

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The KJ Internship Experience

Internship FAQs

When can I apply?

The Kickstart internship application is open from September 1 until January 31.

Anyone who has completed one year of study in the following undergraduate or graduate degrees:

• Civil Engineering

• Environmental Engineering

• Environmental Science

• Geology / Hydrogeology

• Biology

• Structural Engineering

• Electrical and Controls

• Systems Engineering

• Mechanical Engineering

• Construction Management & Inspection

• Chemical Engineering

• Data Science

• Architecture

• Drafting /3D Design

You’ll have considerable self-determination in your internship. Previous interns have helped develop site plans, created technical documents, and visited project sites, but each internship is tailored to your skills, your field of study, and your interests. Once you are matched with a local team, you can discuss the framework of your internship in more detail.

All internships include:

• Our practical skills curriculum to help interns navigate the consulting world.

• Mentorship from your KJ support network.

• Multiple professional development sessions per week.

• Nationwide networking and collaboration with clients and KJ colleagues.

• Use of technical skills to deliver meaningful project work.

Our Kickstart internships are 10 weeks long, from June to August. However, interns’ start and end dates can vary based on their school schedule, and they may be interns for longer than 10 weeks.

The number of interns in an office varies based on location. You may be the only intern in your office, or you may be with several interns. Either way, staff will always be available to support and help you. Networking is a goal of our Kickstart Internship Program, and we host in-person and virtual events so you’ll be meeting other interns from across the country.

After Kickstart internship applications are submitted, resumes are reviewed, and all candidates are contacted with a status update. Selected candidates will then have an initial phone interview. After the phone interview, the candidates moving forward will have one to two additional interviews with the local team. The local interviews may be in person or virtual.

Yes, Kickstart internships are paid.

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Our Office Locations

KJ is a growing national firm serving communities across the country. Headquartered in San Francisco, Kennedy Jenks has many locations across the West Coast as well as the East Coast with offices in Texas, Virginia, and Florida.

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* KJ office locations as of January 2024

Explore Our Projects

Since 1919, KJ has worked on a variety water and environmental engineering projects including wastewater management, water filtration, and natural resource management. Click the button below to learn more about projects that KJ has worked on in recent years.

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Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Kennedy Jenks is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.