Internship Program

2020 Summer Internships

We are currently accepting applications for our 2020 Summer Internship program! Selected students will be invited to our Marion, Iowa office for an ESCO Interview Day where they will:

  • Attend an interview
  • Tour our facility Complete cognitive and technical testing
  • Learn more about ESCO Group

ESCO Interview Days will take place during the week of March 2nd. Students living more than 150 miles away may elect to attend a video interview instead of attending onsite.

The deadline to apply is February 21, 2020 by 5pm CST. Students will be notified by February 26, 2020.

The Intern Experience

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Program Overview

As an intern, you will see what it is really like to deploy your engineering skills in the automation industry. Whether you are working in Marion, Des Moines, or Louisville, you will gain hands-on experience in a supportive environment. Our interns are paired with mentors from day one, ensuring responsive assistance, which complements your classroom experience. Mentors provide job training, guidance, and a helpful ear as you work through your summer with ESCO.

Shared Group Experience

Our interns meet bi-weekly with our program director to build shared group experience. You are invited to provide feedback throughout your internship, so we can customize it to better meet your needs. You will be able to talk with other interns and learn from their experiences too. We incorporate industry tours, team outings, and a group presentation to round off the program.

Work That Matters

Automation interns work with a variety of control system technologies throughout our program including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI's), AutoCAD Electrical, and other industry-specific tools and resources, which build on what you are learning at college. You will have the chance to enhance your skills in programming, teamwork, problem-solving, and project management, in addition to expanding your electrical expertise.

Staff interns help support the overall business. Accounting, Human Resources, IT, and Marketing all work to provide our technical teams with the support and tools they need to get the job done. Interns work with mentors to learn skills, practices, and techniques related to their fields of study. They participate in project work specific to their college coursework and enhance their overall knowledge in the field.

Why Students Are So Important

We are fortunate to continue to grow as a company, and as such, seek new talent every year from college students. Our internship program has become a critical component of our recruiting efforts and allows us to foster the development of tomorrow's automation and business leaders. Our goal is to expose students to the automation industry while also advocating for meaningful employment in our community, and Iowa as a whole. Our interns are the first ones we turn to when hiring new engineers and staff positions!


“Overall, I've had a great experience here at ESCO and have really learned a lot. I've also realized a bit more of how I want to steer my focus within Industrial Engineering and what I can see myself doing full time after school.”
Arlette R., Iowa State University, ESCO Intern
“I enjoyed traveling and working on site. It really opened my eyes to the world of automation. I also liked the intern meetings and lunches, getting to know the fellow interns, and developing relationships with them and other employees.”
Grant B., Iowa State University, ESCO Intern
“I have appreciated working at ESCO, and I have learned so much. I would recommend other students to work at ESCO if they were interested in better understanding the automation industry.”
Skylar W., University of Iowa, ESCO Intern

Apply For An Internship

We start our summer intern search with students in January each year. Internship opportunities are posted on our Job Opportunities page at that time and students apply no later than February.

The deadline to apply this year is February 21, 2020, by 5PM CST.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

ESCO Group provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, ESCO Group complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

ESCO Group expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ESCO Group’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply to all of our job openings.