Title:  Telecommunications Engineering Intern

Department:  OT Network Engineering

Sacramento, CA, US, 95817

Category:  Student

Apply by Date: 06/23/2023 

Salary Min: $22.23 

Salary Max: $27.08 


Operational Technology Network Engineering (OTNE) / Telecommunications does all the designing for fiber, microwave, LTE, Frame Relay, MPLS, and two-way radio communications, as well as implementation for construction support, Design Change Notice (DCN) creation. Under the direction of OTNE Network Engineers, this position will provide administrative support for the planning and designing of SMUD's wide area network.


The Telecommunications Engineering Intern will:

  • Assist in the planning, design, development and maintenance of network systems
  • Assist engineers in defining functional and system requirements
  • Developing design criteria to meet current and future needs
  • Provide field survey assistance when required
  • Assist in creating, updating and/or correcting regulatory compliance processes including audits, certifications
  • and compliance investigations
  • Collaborate with various field and engineering staff to implement, monitor and report on modification and
  • additions to systems, networks, and designs to ensure efficient and updated operation and management of
  • SMUD's wide area network.


The Telecommunications Engineering Intern will also gain a better understanding of telecommunications engineering as well as experience with different modes of communication and AutoCAD experience.


About SMUD's College Internship Program

SMUD's College Internship Program provides college interns with an opportunity to contribute their skills and knowledge to SMUD while gaining valuable work experience. Workshops and activities will also be part of the program where interns will have the opportunity to be immersed in SMUD's culture and learn leadership skills as well as develop their professional skills.

*SMUD was also recognized by Interns 2 Pros for the 2020 Internship Program of The Year Award in recognition of excellence in internship strategy, implementation, and impact and was one of five finalists for the 2021 Top Virtual Internship Program Award from Interns 2 Pros along with Microsoft, PwC, ViacomCBS, and NASA.


Under staff direction, incumbents in this classification are full-time students in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math program who perform research and analytical tasks for projects and assignments that utilize specific and acquired academic skills and knowledge in alignment with their educational disciplines.

Nature and Scope

The work performed in this classification calls for regular application of analytical and independent research skills. Work is closely related to the employee??s academic major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs tasks of an analytical or research nature for suitable projects or ongoing assignments which call for specific acquired academic skills and knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.
  • May locate sources of information; collect and organize data.
  • Makes computations and analyzes data for degree of confidence and for alternative courses of action.
  • May develop computer programs relating to assignments and may code material for established programs.
  • May develop written, graphical and/or oral reports.
  • May assist staff analysts and technical personnel by performing elements of their work under close supervision.

Required Education

Registration as a full-time student (minimum of 12 units) at an accredited college or university in a declared curriculum with a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) emphasis that will provide the specific skills and knowledge that will contribute to available work assignments.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Be at least a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering, Communications Engineering, or Powering Engineering
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and basic Computer programming, networking and communication; advanced concepts in field of specialization
  • Experience utilizing AutoCAD or other CAD software
  • Ability to follow oral instructions, work effectively with public and SMUD employees, and apply acquired engineering and scientific knowledge effectively
  • Knowledge of data networking systems

Physical Requirements

Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Application Deadline: It is guaranteed that the online system will accept applications until 5 PM (PST) on deadline listed below in this job posting. It is highly encouraged that applications are submitted well before the due date and time mentioned to make sure that it is submitted successfully.
Official SMUD Title: STEM Student Assistant

  • Students must be able to commute to the SMUD Offices in Sacramento, CA when/if requested to come in.
  • To have a student position at SMUD, you must not have any relatives working at SMUD.
  • Students must be enrolled as a full-time student, complete and pass at least 12 undergraduate units OR 8 graduate units, and received at least a 2.0 GPA in the previous semester/quarter. 
  • Currently, SMUD is not hiring candidates for its student internship positions who require sponsorship from an employer either now or in the future. Such sponsorship is not needed for citizens, a U.S. National, a permanent resident, or one granted refuge or asylum status by the U.S. government. Visa holders typically require sponsorship in one form or another at some point in time.
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation, and will be based upon the candidate's qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.  

SMUD provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. SMUD complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

SMUD expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of SMUD employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Req ID:  507

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento