SIMON | Safety Intern - Rapid City, SD (Summer 2022)

Date: Oct 6, 2021

Country: Rapid City, 5201, US, 57702

Company: Colas

Subsidiary: Simon


Simon is a subsidiary of the Colas Group, a worldwide leader in infrastructure construction and maintenance. Simon specializes in aggregates, asphalt and ready-mix concrete production, asphalt paving, and concrete, bridge, highway, and utility construction. Through strong local ties backed by global resources, we focus on quality and value to deliver the best products and services for our clients.  What we do is bigger than construction – it is about connecting communities, building new roads to the future, and keeping the spirit of the pioneers alive and well. 

Program Overview:

Simon’s internship program is designed to provide first-hand exposure to industry operations, as well as 1:1 mentorship and networking opportunities to students in order to supplement college educational programs in the areas of business, engineering, and construction management.  Students in the program have the opportunity to work in various administrative and operational areas, contribute to company goals through completion of focused project work, and apply concepts learned in the classroom to business operations.

This opportunity will be based in Rapid City, SD and it will require field visits to other Simon Locations.  Interns can expect to spend approximately 20% of work time in an office setting, and 80% of work time in the field.  The ideal candidate will enjoy travel with some overnight stays to visit different work sites. 


Under direct supervision, the Safety Intern is involved in implementing and overseeing the Safety Program, including monitoring activities of heavy infrastructure construction projects, ensuring facility compliance with pertinent governmental regulations, company policies and procedures. Will also assist in determining the cause of unsafe conditions and injury claims through procedure, equipment, facilities inspection, and worker observation.


  • Assist with managing the company environmental health and safety programs at the project level, driving a safety-oriented approach to work.
  • Assist with compiling, analyzing, and interpreting occupational illness and accident statistical data at the project level; recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employee exposure to chemical, physical, and biological work hazards
  • Routinely inspect the facilities, machinery, and safety equipment in order to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance
  • Routinely monitor the workforce for unsafe behaviors and coach employees on the correct behaviors when observed
  • Interpret safety regulations related to projects
  • Assist with coordination and presentation of safety training to support company programs including new hire orientation, fall protection, confined space, lockout/tagout, etc.
  • Interface with OSHA/MSHA (state or federal) officials/inspectors in the event or a site visit

Qualifications, Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Actively pursuing a degree in Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Safety, or a related field of study
  • Knowledge of construction safety, current Federal and of MSHA/OSHA regulations and hazard recognition, record keeping and injury management skills
  • Working knowledge of computers and experience with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Strong organizational, time management, and written/verbal communication skills
  • Good attention to detail, with the ability to recognize discrepancies
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide-ranging climates and environment
  • Familiar with air monitor calibrations, fit testing, etc.
  • OSHA 30Hr/10Hr certification is preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License and acceptable MVR required

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

  • Wear and maintain personal protective equipment (PPE) as required by company safety guidelines
  • Regularly required to lift and /or move up to 50 pounds with or without assistance
  • Regularly required to use hands to feel,  handle and manipulate objects
  • Regularly required to communicate (talk and hear) 
  • Frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. 
  • Frequently required to stand/work on feet for long periods, and walking across uneven terrain
  • Frequently work in close proximity to heavy equipment and machinery, exposure to loud noise
  • Frequent exposure to typical construction site conditions, including dust and loud noise, and all weather conditions

Workplace Values Requirements:

  • Support, promote, and practice Simon core values, vision, and mission
  • Support, promote, and comply with Simon Code of Ethics, Workplace Conduct, Safety, and other established policies 
  • Embrace the Company’s safety culture, actively support all safety initiatives, and adhere to defined accountabilities implemented by the Safety Steering and Continuous Improvement teams
  • Align personal vision and goals with larger goals of the Company
  • Support continuous improvement to improve Simon processes, performance, safety, and overall success


The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Management may, at its discretion, assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


Colas Inc.and its subsidiaries (SIMON) are an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details on the specifics of this commitment, please click here EEO document.  If you need accommodation to access the information provided on this website, please contact Colas Inc. 973-290-9082 or send an email to ColasRecruiter@colasinc.com.  

Nearest Major Market: South Dakota
Nearest Secondary Market: Rapid City