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Internships are a great way of getting real working experience no matter what surveying career path you are choosing.

Becoming a land surveyor is a long road with a lot of hard work. Land surveyors normally have very intense jobs that require lots of skills and knowledge to be able to succeed in their surveying career.


Most states require a degree along with an internship, to become a professional land surveyor. Most degrees are a four year college degree in surveying or geomatics or a 2 year associate degree. After college you then have to become licensed in whichever state you want to practice surveying in.


There is a growing demand for land surveyors and the more experience you have the better your chances are at obtaining a good job. Land surveying internships are not only a excellent way to gaining extra hands-on experience, but many states require it before you can become a licensed professional land surveyor. The regulations in each state do vary, so always check up what the requirements are in your state regarding land survey internships.


Many times we are asked is an internship better than a college education. So here is a long and short answer. While a college education is extremely important in starting a career in land surveying, a land survey internship gives you an extra edge above the rest by providing you with priceless experience outside of the classroom. Land survey internships give you the opportunity to put classroom theory into real world practice.


There are a large number of companies and industries that offer land survey internships. Land surveying is such a broad area, many individuals choose a land surveying internship that is designed to the specific field they are interested in getting into.


Many different industries require Professional Land Surveyors including architectural firms, engineering firms, government agencies, real estate sales agencies, mining companies and the list goes on. There are a vast number of industries that need surveys and the types of surveys are equally as diverse. For example, real estate agents will normally require surveys to define the details of the land boundaries, where an engineer may need topographic information to design storm water structures or an erosion control plan. So each survey will require different methods and employ acutely more detail or advanced techniques.


Many land surveyors choose not to specialize, however if you are working toward gaining very specific knowledge then you should choose your land surveying internship accordingly to your needs.


You will many times, be given a specific amount of responsibility during your land surveying internship, where you will spend a lot of time assisting the professional land surveyor in obtaining data in the field, then compiling that data and creating the final plat or product at the end of the project



Many land surveying internships are organized through your college as they have lots of contacts with the local professional businesses and many government agencies that offer land surveying.


You can contact local professional businesses independently. Offer them your resume along with a cover letter and send it to companies that interest you.


You need to  plan ahead when looking for a land surveying internship. Internships are somewhat limited - particularly in small towns - so map out your plan with acute attention to detail. You probably need to plan as early as a year or more ahead of when you want to start your land surveying internship and secure the best position possible.