Summer Internship: Geotechnical Engineering

Rutherford + Chekene (R+C) is one of the foremost engineering practices in California providing geotechnical and structural engineering. Established in 1960, they are committed to hands-on involvement with their clients and to maintaining a friendly and welcoming in-office atmosphere.

Since the founding of R+C’s geotechnical department nearly 50 years ago, their reputation for excellence in creative problem solving, cross-discipline collaboration, and holistic building design has made them the geotechnical engineer of choice for many design teams and premier academic, healthcare, government, and civic institutions throughout Northern California.

“R+C feels like a family. They did a great job of checking in and making sure we were exposed to a variety of projects.”

— Previous R+C Intern


R+C is seeking an eager-to-learn Geotechnical Engineering Intern to join our team for summer 2023. In this role, you will have the opportunity to learn from our team of highly regarded geotechnical engineers while working on a variety of interesting and prominent projects. As an intern, you will gain firsthand experience in analysis, design, and construction administration and will be exposed to a wide variety of engineering tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Understanding the practical aspects of Geotechnical Engineering
  • Assisting with field reconnaissance and planning of field exploration
  • Assisting with compiling geotechnical data, preparing boring logs, and developing subsurface profiles
  • Performing geotechnical analysis involving slope stability, liquefaction, and capacities of foundations
  • Supporting the preparation and development of geotechnical reports
  • Attending site visits during the construction phase of various projects
  • Assisting with other project-related deliverables

The intern program also includes mentoring, educational seminars, construction site visits, and company social events. The paid intern program last for 10 weeks between June and September: exact dates are flexible.


Our ideal candidate will bring the energy and enthusiasm needed to be part of our fast-paced geotechnical team environment, as well as the following desired qualifications:

  • Enrolled in Master's Program in Geotechnical Engineering or Geosystems Engineering
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Course work in soil mechanics, engineering geology, and foundation engineering
  • Basic knowledge of software such as AutoCAD and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proof of COVID vaccination to attend in-person meetings or jobsites



Students should submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and the names and contact information of two engineering professor references no later than March 15, 2024. The subject line of the email should read: Geotechnical Internship [Candidate Name].

Please submit applications to:

Ms. Laurel Jiang, GE

R+C is an equal opportunity employer.

Many of our clients ask for proof of COVID vaccination to attend in-person meetings or jobsites, as such our ideal candidate will be able to meet this requirement.