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Geosciences Intern

LocationSan Francisco, California;

Requisition ID # 81025 

Job Category : Administrative / Clerical 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Generation

Geosciences Intern


Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. We deliver some of the nation’s cleanest energy to our customers in Northern and Central California. For PG&E, “Together, Building a Better California” is not just a slogan. It’s the very core of our mission and the scale by which we measure our success. We know that the nearly 16 million people who do business with our company count on our more than 24,000 employees for far more than the delivery of utility services. They, along with every citizen of the state we call home, also expect PG&E to help improve their quality of life, the economic vitality of their communities, and the prospect for a better future fueled by clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.  

Organization Overview

The PG&E Geosciences Department is an internal group of engineers, geologists, geophysicists and seismologists providing a wide range of support for geologic hazard evaluation, seismic resiliency program development, geotechnical engineering and assessments, seismic risk assessment and management for all company business lines. Our goal is to support safe, reliable, and affordable energy delivery, regulatory compliance, and efficient business operations.

The Geosciences Department has responsibility for providing expert insights on existing, potential modifications to, and proposed PG&E facilities and infrastructure associated with earthquake and other geologic hazards, as well as erosion issues and geotechnical conditions. This group is also chartered with continuing to develop state of the art analytical insights, tools, and assessments of new data and interpretation of existing data with emergent technologies in geosciences, geotechnical engineering and seismic engineering. In particular, the Department develops the seismic hazard information and performs risk analyses for PG&E’s infrastructure including critical facilities such as the Diablo Canyon NPP, dams, facilities, and gas and electric transmission lines.

Position Summary

The Geosciences Department is looking for talented civil engineering student intern to help with both programmatic and project work including summer field work activities. Anticipated tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Field geohazard assessment and report preparation
  • Geotechnical instrument data entry, analysis, and interpretation
  • Construction observation and reporting
  • Interpretation of geospatial and topographic data (e.g. LiDAR data)
  • Geotechnical calculations (e.g. slope stability analysis, retaining wall analysis, foundation analysis)
  • Seismic hazard and risk calculations

The selected intern will have the opportunity to support activities as described above while working with a team of experienced professionals across the geosciences disciplines. Additionally, the intern will gain exposure to geologic and geotechnical practice for a variety of utility infrastructure assets, such as pipelines, electric transmission towers, canals, penstocks, and dams. The vast PG&E service territory and diversity of infrastructure assets provides the opportunity for challenging interdisciplinary work in many geomorphic terrains throughout the state of California.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earning a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. (Students MUST be continuing education towards degree during and/or after internship) 
  • For Bachelor’s student: minimum 2 years completed
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or obtain one at least 30 days prior to start date.


  • Completion of Bachelor’s degree and current enrollment in Master’s degree program
  • 3.0 GPA or greater in both cumulative GPA and major GPA
  • Focus in geotechnical engineering, with experience or interest in interdisciplinary technical work (e.g. engineering geology/geomorphology, hydraulics/hydrology).
  • EIT certification
  • Familiarity with basic geotechnical engineering calculations (e.g. shallow and deep foundations, slope stability, lateral earth pressures and retaining wall design)
  • Familiarity with or interest in GIS platforms
  • Familiarity with or interest in modeling and analytical computer programs such as Slope/W, Slide, Global Mapper, Sketchup/CAD, HEC-RAS
  • Familiarity with or interest in coding (preferably using Python)
  • Ability to work in a team environment and support fellow team members
  • Ability to present technical information in individual or group settings
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Takes initiative, eager to learn, and can work independently with minimal direction

PG&E typically is unable to provide VISA sponsorship to students on an F-1, J-1 or other visa for this position.

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