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2024 Build Up

High School Internship

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Build Up High School Internship

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Expand your knowledge this summer with DPR’s Build Up High School Internship in Construction Management. Tool belts not required! DPR’s Build Up internship is 8 weeks, 35-40 hours per week, in person.

Application deadline: April 12, 2024


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Internship Overview

What You Will Do

You will work in the job trailer, side by side with a project team building a major commercial construction project.

What You Will Learn

You will learn about managing a multi-million-dollar project, the innovative technology used for planning, scheduling and design, and the wide range of professional roles needed to build great things.

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This internship required me to step out of my comfort zone sometimes, which could be difficult, being a high school intern in a high-stakes professional environment. Nonetheless, it was by putting myself through this discomfort that I was able to learn from professionals and acquire knowledge about their work (software, document management, communication skills, on-site coordination, etc.). I have no doubt that what I have taken from these professional mentors will aid me in my path to construction.

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The most meaningful activity was my daily walks with our field engineer and safety. Not only was it helpful but I got the chance to get to know my colleagues.

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There are a few requirements for this internship, please check and make sure you are eligible to apply. Have questions? Contact us.

Rising high school juniors, seniors or May 2024 grads

Family income below HUD Median Family Income (MFI) in your county

Legally entitled to work in the United States

Demonstrated interest in the built environment

Ability to commit to 8 week duration of internship

Ability to commute to jobsite daily

Ability to work 35-40 hours a week on an active jobsite

The Details
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Learning Objectives

  • Work experience and exposure to different roles on a construction jobsite.
  • Completion of 8-week Capstone Project assignment.
  • Experience presenting in front of a group.
  • Confidence asking questions, receiving feedback from, and conversing with adults in a professional setting.


  • Interns are paid a generous hourly rate on a weekly pay cycle.
  • Transportation stipends are available.
  • Relationships with mentors in the fields of construction, engineering, and architecture.
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The daily assignments, mentoring, interviews and feedback helped me accomplish the goals set at the beginning of my internship. The activity that was most impactful and interesting to me was the informational interviews that I decided to do during the last few weeks of my internship.

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Find Locations

Project Locations

We have construction projects across the country, view the locations list to find one close to you. Whenever possible projects are located near public transportation (transportation stipends are available).

See Current List of Locations

** Please contact [email protected] for further information on exact locations.

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How To Apply
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Internship Application

To apply, fill out the application linked below. For help preparing your application, download our application checklist.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2024

Application Ready? Apply Now.

Have questions? Contact Us.

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