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Power System Protection & Control Engineering Internship (Summer 2024)

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States
Job ID: 35109
Date Posted: Jan 31, 2024
Salary: $17 to $20 Hourly

Job Description

Job Specifications

We are seeking students who are eager to learn, self-motivated and are comfortable working independently. This internship will make an impact! Support and assist with various projects as assigned within Black Hills Energy’s Protection & Control Department. These projects will be assigned consistent with the Company’s Internship Program with an emphasis on developing an understanding of the Company’s multiple business units and enhancing the intern’s ability to apply his/her education in a professional environment. You will work alongside professionals in your field, gaining in-depth knowledge about the energy industry and your chosen field of expertise. You will apply what you have learned in school to impactful projects within a publicly traded, multi-state utility and energy company. Learn more about our internship program here:

PAY:  $20.00 per hour (set by job function/department)

  • Additional benefits include meaningful work, relocation benefits, intern week experience, casual dress code, plus you'll earn 401k contributions during your internship.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Senior Power System Protection & Control Engineer

LOCATION: This position is located at our corporate headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota.

  • Intern Relocation Adjustment Allowance of $1,000.00 is offered for the purpose of assisting with various expenses associated with your relocation for the internship (less applicable taxes and based on eligibility). Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Provide support to Protection & Control engineers on capital projects related to power systems protection and control engineering.
  • Develop protection/control schematic drawings and engineering package for power system relay upgrades for high voltage transmission substations.
  • Working outside/inside substation control building in a live high voltage AC transmission substation. 
  • Effectively prepare or review documentation with a high degree of accuracy and completeness using tools and templates available.
  • Gather and analyze data from multiple sources in support of projects or initiatives.
  • Participate in the Company’s industry orientation experiences, which may include some travel and overnight stays. Prepare and present a synopsis of experience with the Company at the end of the internship.


  • College sophomore or above working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. If you are a recent graduate, you must be within 1 year of your graduation date.  
  • Electrical engineering Power Systems emphasis preferred.
  • No experience required. 


  • Basic knowledge of electrical engineering Power Systems principles. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prepare and give presentations.
  • Detail oriented and organized.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 
  • Ability to communicate with employees and various business contacts in a professional and courteous manner.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer, growth and safety focused utility company that is dedicated to our communities. We improve life with energy as an energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture fuels unique perspectives, opening doors to new insights and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 3000 employees and serve 1.3 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Internship benefits include: Casual dress code and eligibility to earn 401(k) contributions.  

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.  If you require reasonable accommodation, please visit for more information.

Wage: 17 to 20
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