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Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. 2022 Fire Protection Internship - Multiple locations in New York, New York


Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) is seeking current students for a 2022 Summer Internship with our Fire Protection Engineering practice. Currently, opportunities are available in the following offices; Northbrook, IL; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Princeton, NJ; New York, NY; Shelton, CT, and San Diego, CA.

WJE is a global firm of engineers, architects, and materials scientists committed to helping solve, repair, and avoid problems in the built world since 1956. WJE's Fire Protection Engineering team specializes in fire protection principles, life safety, building codes, and evaluation techniques for all types of new and existing structures.

At WJE, we spend almost as much time in the field, up close and personal with our projects, as we do in the office. As a Fire Protection Engineering Intern, you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with industry-leading experts and gain hands-on experience while applying classroom knowledge to real-world challenges.

With twenty-eight offices across the country, a growing international presence, and some of the most challenging projects in the built world, WJE offers the chance to learn what you love and discover where you want to be.

Typical Intern Responsibilities:

Assist project teams with on-site investigations, condition assessments, and inspections which may include surveying, documenting distress, field testing, collecting data and samples, and preparing site visit reports

Organize field data and assist with research of modern and historic construction documents, building codes, and design guidelines to facilitate analysis, problem-solving, and repair design

Perform analysis of fire protection systems and/or building code issues under the guidance of licensed professionals

Assist project teams with the preparation of client deliverables, including construction documents, specifications, and written reports

Contribute to in-house technical research projects

Qualifications WJE looks for in an Intern:

Current student with excellent academic standing in junior or senior year of a bachelor's or in a graduate program in fire protection engineering or related field, from an accredited program

Effective verbal, graphical, and written communication skills

Enthusiasm for solving problems in the built world and curiosity about how things work

Focused interest in fire protection and life safety objectives and challenges

Demonstrated leadership skills, integrity, and work ethic

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires visual acuity and listening ability. Individuals must have the dexterity to be able to operate office and field equipment such as computer, printer, fax, copier, telephone, voice mail system, and other office and field equipment. Requirements may also include:

Ability to attend meetings at the various office, field, and construction sites

Ability to perform inspections of buildings and other structures, both visually and with instruments

Ability to lift and carry materials and equipment up to 50 lbs.

Ability to perform work in the temperature extremes presented by work in the outdoors

Ability to read construction drawings, diagrams, printed materials, and computer screens

Ability to record data clearly and write passages for reports, letters, etc.

Ability to travel

Ability to safely work at heights

Ability to safely use and/or operate ladders, scaffolds, lifts and other access equipment

Ability to understand and appreciate safety training specific to numerous workplace and construction hazards

Ability to safely work in a variety of occupationally hazardous locations

Medically fit to utilize respiratory protection devices and other forms of Personal Protective Equipment

Ability to drive and safely operate a motor vehicle


Team Player - Works well as a member of a group
Enthusiastic - Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest
Detail Oriented - Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
Dedicated - Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

Growth Opportunities - Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility
Self-Starter - Inspired to perform without outside help
Goal Completion - Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks

Bachelors of Fire Protection Engineering (preferred)

0 - 2 years: Internships or other work experience (preferred)

Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) (preferred)
SolidWorks (preferred)
Revit (preferred)
AutoCAD (preferred)
Technical Writing (preferred)
Problem Solving (preferred)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

WJE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite all qualified applicants to apply including individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, and protected veterans (VEVRAA federal contractor). WJE will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Fair Chance Ordinances.