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Internship Requirements FAQs

Internship Requirements FAQs

The following questions and answers help you to understand the internship requirements and the enrollment procedure for CNST 3185.

What are the degree requirements regarding internship?

  1. You must complete 400 hours of approved work experience.
  2. You must work those hours for an Industry Advisory Board companies or other employers approved by the department. In addition, all government agencies are automatically approved as internship employers.
  3. Your internship work experience must be in one of two areas. Other functions/jobs/work does not satisfy the degree requirements. These two areas are:
    • Project Controls (i.e., estimating, cost control, planning and scheduling)
    • Supervisory Field Operations (i.e., field engineer, superintendent, project coordinator, and assistant construction/project manager).

How do I enroll in the Construction Experience Course (CNST 3185)?

  1. Student must have his/her internship employer approved by the department prior to accepting an offer.
  2. Student must complete the prerequisite requirements, complete 400 hours of verifiable accepted work.
  3. Once the minimum of 400 hours work is completed, student contacts CM department using the online request form to initiate Intern Evaluation by the employer.
  4. Intern Evaluation Form must be submitted by the employer no later than July 31 for fall semester enrollment, and December 31 for spring semester enrollment.
  5. Once the Intern Evaluation Form is submitted by the employer and the evaluation result is satisfactory, student will be enrolled by the department in CNST 3185 where student completes the internship report, where technical quality and written communication skill are assessed.

Is there anything I should do during my internship time?

Please read CNST 3185 syllabus before you start the internship to understand the course deliverables. The deliverables include description of the employers’ organization, projects on which you worked, your daily responsibilities, an issue related to safety, and an issue related to ethics. You are also required to include some supporting documents (e.g., sketches, drawings, charts, photos, etc.) to substantiate your learning experience. All the above could be easily collected during the internship. Reconstructing the data/information is more difficult after you have completed the work.

Is it possible to work for an employer not listed on the CM webpage?

The CM Department is very selective when approving new employers. Employers holding similar stature to the approved list may submit a request to be added to the approved employers list. The CM Department reserves the right to decline any request. The CM Department strictly applies the following rules when evaluating additional employers:

  1. The employer must be a large general contractor, owner organization or CM firm.
  2. The employer must be accustomed to major commercial, industrial or infrastructure projects. Employers in other sectors of the industry are not qualified to apply for evaluation.
  3. An approved employer will be requested to sign the UH internship agreement and pay the internship agreement fees.
  4. The CM Department reserves the right to decline the request of any employer with/without reasons.

Important Note: Experience in residential construction, specialty work, drafting, surveying, technicians work, sales, clerical and any other work that is not typical to CM does not fulfill the CM degree requirements.