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Job Description

  Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) is seeking civil, structural, or materials engineering students for a Summer 2024 Internship to join our Janney Technical Center (JTC) team, working with our Materials Engineering and Structural Testing and Instrumentation groups in Northbrook, Illinois.Our Janney Technical Center (JTC) is named after WJE founder Jack Janney. Comprised of both engineers and materials scientists, the JTC provides advanced testing and forensic capabilities to solve the most technically challenging problems related to structures, construction materials, and manufactured components. After half a century and more than 175,000 assignments, JTC engineers and materials scientists have successfully completed investigative, testing, and repair projects involving virtually every type of construction material, structural system, and architectural component.WJE is a global firm of engineers, architects, and materials scientists committed to helping solve, repair, and avoid problems in the built world since 1956. Responsibilities: Materials Engineering Interns Assist Project Teams with:

  • Performing hands-on forensic investigations, condition assessments, and construction observations, which may include surveying, documenting distress, field testing and instrumentation, collecting data and materials samples, laboratory testing, and preparing site visit reports 
  • Analyzing field data and performing research and review of modern and historic materials, construction documents, governing codes, and design guidelines to facilitate analysis, problem-solving, and repair design
  • Developing and implementing specialized laboratory or field-testing programs associated with existing construction, materials performance evaluation, applied research, and new product development
  • Drafting and preparation of conceptual, preliminary, and final client deliverables, including structural and architectural construction documents, specifications, and written reports

Structural Testing and Instrumentation Interns Assist Project Teams with:

  • Applying various testing methods, instrumentation systems, and data collection and management tools for investigations and evaluations within the laboratory and out in the field
  • On-site investigations, condition assessments, and construction observations, which may include surveying, documenting distress, field testing, collecting data and materials samples, and preparing site visit reports
  • Completing structural analysis of concrete, steel, wood, masonry, and other structural systems to support investigations
  • Drafting and preparation of conceptual, preliminary, and final client deliverables, including structural and architectural construction documents, specifications, and written reports


  • Current student with excellent academic standing in junior or senior year of a bachelor’s or in a graduate program in civil engineering, structural engineering, materials engineering, or a related field
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and adapt to changing demands, while maintaining a high standard of excellence and exceptional attention to detail
  • Effective verbal, graphical, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, integrity, and work ethic
  • Enthusiasm for solving problems and curiosity about how things work

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. This position requires visual acuity and listening ability. Individuals must have the dexterity to be able to operate office and field equipment such as computers, printers, fax/copy machines, telephone/voice mail systems, and other office and field equipment. Requirements may also include:

  • Ability to attend meetings at various office, field, and construction sites
  • Ability to perform inspections of buildings and other structures, both visually and with instruments
  • Ability to lift and carry materials and equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to perform work in the temperature extremes presented by work in the outdoors
  • Ability to read construction drawings, diagrams, printed materials, and computer screens
  • Ability to record data clearly and write passages for reports, letters, etc.
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to safely work at heights
  • Ability to safely use and/or operate ladders, scaffolds, lifts, and other access equipment
  • Ability to understand and appreciate safety training specific to numerous workplace and construction hazards
  • Ability to safely work in a variety of occupationally hazardous locations
  • Medically fit to utilize respiratory protection devices and other forms of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Ability to drive and safely operate a motor vehicle

The expected hourly rates for candidates who meet the above criteria range from $20.00 an hour to $27.00 an hour based on education level.WJE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite all qualified applicants to apply including individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, and protected veterans (VEVRAA federal contractor).WJE will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Fair Chance Ordinances.


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0" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> 0" style="box-sizing: border-box;">PreferredBachelors or better in Electrical Engineering.Bachelors or better in Mechanical Engineering.Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)