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2024 Summer Internship, Engineering/Design- Oregon

Job Details

PDOR Portland - Portland, OR

Who We Are 


We are a firm that values and respects our staff, fosters an environment that encourages learning and growth, and is committed to the success of our clients. 


At PAE, we like to think of ourselves as a little bit different from most engineering firms. Here’s why: 

  • We care intensely about envisioning and creating sustainable building systems and work every day to break new ground in the world of sustainable design. 
  • We have a close affinity to the visions of the architects we work with; we understand the need for beauty as well as practicality. 
  • We value creativity as much as we value precision. 
  • We understand that the visionary people we want to hire need to experience the world in order to change the world, and we work hard to support that need. 


About The Program

Our internship program provides hands-on experience in sustainable engineering design. The 10 to 12 week paid program gives interns the opportunity to learn about the building design industry from a traditional viewpoint, and to learn the PAE and Luma way. We have internships in the areas of mechanical, plumbing, electrical, lighting design, energy analysis, and building systems technology design.


Interns here work directly as part of our engineering and design teams. From small retrofits to high-profile Living Buildings, you'll gain an understanding of the entire design process—the planning, the execution, and the problem solving.



We are currently accepting applications for 2024 Summer Internships in the areas of:


Mechanical Engineering

  • CAD and Revit
  • Energy modeling
  • Design calculations
  • Design layout of HVAC ductwork, hydronic, and plumbing
  • Construction administration and site visits
  • Commissioning
  • Weather and climatic data gathering, support on eco-charrettes
  • Energy and water data (EUI, WUI) analysis


Electrical Engineering

  • Electrical Load Calculations/Block Loads
  • EZ Power Crash Course
  • Schematic design narratives
  • NEC review
  • Renewable Energies
    • Research PV, Wind, Fuel cell technologies
    • Layout/design/calculations of PV system
    • Emerging technologies (BIPV, level III car charge, CIGS PV, etc)


Plumbing Design

  • Design layout of plumbing systems
  • Onsite non-potable reuse and nutrient recovery systems
  • Water data (WUI) analysis
  • Electrification of domestic hot water systems
  • CAD and Revit
  • Energy modeling
  • Design calculations
  • Construction administration and site visits
  • Commissioning


Building Systems Technology Design

  • Technology design
  • Structured-cabling, audiovisual and security-system design services
  • RFID tracking technologies
  • CAD and Revit
  • NEC Review
  • One-line diagram layout
  • Renewable energies
  • Construction administration


Lighting Design

  • Develop CAD and Revit system design and documentation that may include but not be limited to project required deliverables including:
    • Photo realistic rendering
    • Utilizing Photoshop
    • Calculations utilizing AGI
    • Other similar products and programs
  • Lighting design calculations
  • Luminaire selections and placement
  • Photometric review
  • Interior and Architectural design integration
  • Narrative development 


Regenerative Design/ Building Performance Analysis

  • Utilizing Revit
  • Energy Modeling
  • Design Calculations
  • Energy Analysis of HVAC and plumbing systems
  • Weather and climactic data gathering
  • Eco-charrette support
  • Energy and water data (EUI, WUI) analysis



General Qualifications

  • 3rd year undergraduate or grad student preferred
  • Major and Coursework in selected engineering/design discipline
  • Desire to work in the Building Design industry
  • Passionate about sustainable design solutions
  • Effective communicator
  • Located in or ability to relocate to selected location for the duration of the internship


What We Offer 


  • Hiring Base Salary Range: $21.63- $24.80/hour depending on location
    • This position is eligible for time and a half overtime pay 


The base salary is one component of PAE’s competitive compensation package for employees. We take into consideration a variety of factors including but not limited to skills, abilities, experience, education, credentials, internal equity and geographic location in determining exact salary offered.  The above range represents PAE's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. 


PAE offers Interns the following benefits: 


  • Commuter benefits
  • Paid time off for sick leave, vacation, community service and holidays
  • The opportunity to be involved in PAE Committees
  • This information is provided per the Equal Pay Act. 


Our commitment to pay equity 


PAE is a JUST label certified company; we demonstrate JUST label requirements within pay equity. Pay scales should meet or exceed applicable legislated wage requirements and industry standards and compensate, on the same basis, all individuals performing the same or similar work and work of equal value. We are committed to the principle of pay equity – paying employees equitably for substantially similar work. To learn more about pay equity and our commitments to equitable business practices, you may view our JUST label certification here:  


To find out more visit our website: 


What We’re Made Of 


Established in 1967 and stretching across five offices on the West Coast, PAE provides services in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering, building performance analysis, technology design, and lighting design (LUMA). We work with clients to design the nation’s highest performing and most regenerative built environments that keep people comfortable, healthy, and productive inside while restoring the natural world outside. We employ an integrated and responsive approach to project design that balances the environmental, economic, and social goals of every client we work with. 


Our portfolio includes over 100 LEED Platinum projects as well as dozens of projects that have either achieved or are pursuing the Living Building Challenge, Passive House, Architecture 2030, Carbon Neutral, Net Zero Energy, and Net Zero Water. 



Fine Print 


Please note that resumes received from third party recruiters or agencies will not be accepted unless requested directly by PAE Talent Acquisition and with a prior signed fee agreement. If candidates without a previously signed recruiter fee agreement are submitted, PAE reserves the right to engage with and hire those candidate(s) without any obligation financial or otherwise to the recruiter or agency.


In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at PAE will be based on merit, qualifications and abilities. PAE does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical characteristics historically associated with race, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 


PAE will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment including: selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination and access to benefits and training.