Rural Engineering Internships

The goal of the Rural Engineering Internship (REI) program is to raise awareness of future job opportunities for engineers in rural areas of Missouri.  The program seeks to support rural communities and companies located in rural areas by providing summer engineering interns to provide technical assistance and meet staffing needs.  The program is dedicated improving the outreach of the College of Engineering to rural communities in Missouri.

The objective of the program is to place engineering interns with a company (or companies) in a rural community (pop. 10,000 or fewer) during the summertime to support the company’s needs for additional technically oriented assistance.  The program also introduces students to the potential job opportunities in the rural areas of Missouri.

The funding for the program provided by the extension service is to pay for the student’s time over the summer.  The local community or company hosting the student is responsible for providing housing in the rural community, if needed.

The program has a number of benefits to the community and to the College of Engineering.  The program broadens the impact of the University to rural areas, and supports engagement with companies that may have future needs for engineers as part of their workforce.  The program offers companies the opportunity to introduce students to future opportunities looking forward to filling future staffing needs.  The program also seeks to expose students to the opportunities and benefits of a career in rural communities.

Individual companies, communities groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, or local municipal governmental entities can apply to host an engineering intern for the summer.  For more information or to apply to host a summer intern, please contact Dr. Glenn Washer at or (573)884-0320.

Students interested in applying for a Rural Engineering Internship can fill out the application here:

Companies or organizations interested in hosting an REI should fill out the contact form below.

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