a career with ackerman-estvold

Careers in Architecture and Civil Engineering including Transportation and Traffic Engineering, Water Resources, Municipal Engineering, Land Planning and Development, Construction Engineering, GIS, Drone Technology, and Environmental Services are available throughout North Dakota and Idaho.

Ackerman-Estvold is a thriving organization. Our purpose is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in our communities while providing an environment for our people to flourish. We are stewards of our region and provide our clients the tools and insight that they need to benefit their greater community. We have the ability to make a difference. And with that ability, we act.

We act for the smallest of communities to the native wetland, from the newest building to the largest development, and to protect our regional waterways and water supplies. We act through innovation and technology. We act to change the future of engineering and architecture. We act as stewards of our communities and volunteer our time and resources to make our own backyard a better place.

We take care of our people. In turn, they love what they do. We embrace newcomers into our organization who are passionate about making a difference sharing their expertise. If you’re interested in acting with us, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram or drop us a line.



100% company-paid life insurance, short & long-term disability

Paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, & bereavement

Company paid continuing education, professional memberships & certifications

Voluntary supplemental benefit insurance

100% company-paid full family medical coverage

401(k) with a generous employer match & immediate vesting

Manager approved flex scheduling & remote access

Incentive based bonuses & salary increases

Get paid for every hour you work



We pride ourselves on building strong relationships with high schools and universities throughout the region, allowing us to recruit and hire top-notch interns. Our program is built around gaining real-life experience and taking learning beyond the classroom. From May-August you’ll have an opportunity to make an impact. You’ll work side by side professional engineers and architects to oversee the design and construction of projects in your community. You’ll grow and make a difference in our organization, and in yourself.


Internships will be advertised here each spring, with positions being filled by early April. If you’re interested in taking your studies outside the classroom, give us a call, apply online, and swing by our booth at a career fair near you!

Joe Audet

2 year intern


Emma Keller

5 year intern

I started my experience at Ackerman-Estvold by job shadowing in December of 2012 and went on to intern for 5 summers after graduating high school.  My internship was a great experience all around!  I learned so much about engineering and construction throughout the summers.  My usual days consisted of a construction meeting in the morning, a little bit of project paperwork, and then I headed out to the field to inspect the contractor’s work, take quantities and help survey beginning and end points.  I would highly recommend doing an internship and I look forward to applying what I've learned as I enter my full-time career as a Civil Engineer.

Emma Lavachek, EI

Civil Engineer

2017 Graduate of North Dakota State University


Dylan Weber

4 year intern

Interning at Ackerman-Estvold was the perfect choice for me. The size of the company and the working environment allow for any level of employee to excel and grow as an engineer. As a new intern in 2013, I was able to observe the construction of large scale projects, such as a master lift station and a new overpass. During my 4 years as an intern, I worked under experienced engineers, but also had the freedom to manage construction projects on my own. Occasionally, I was even given the opportunity to do design work as an intern. My broad experience as an intern has helped me excel as a young engineer.

Dylan Weber, EI

Civil Engineer

2017 Graduate of North Dakota State University


Austin Alexander

 3 year intern

I started my full-time career at Ackerman-Estvold in 2017. This choice was made after three summers of interning during the catch-up phase of the boom in Williston. Being from Williston and being able to participate in helping all the small communities in the area was a perfect fit for me. The summers I spent interning were some of the best summers I had, meeting new people and being able to apply what I learned in school, along with growing my current skill set with the help of the AE staff and multiple construction crews that I had the opportunity to surround myself with. 


During my internship, I was empowered with challenges that made me push outside my comfort zone and they provided me unique learning experiences each time.

Austin Alexander, EI

Civil Engineer

2017 Graduate of the University of North Dakota

I have worked for the organization for the past two summers in the construction department where I performed construction inspection on a variety of different projects. Recently, I graduated from the University of North Dakota and have officially started my full-time career with Ackerman-Estvold. My favorite part of AE is the diversity of the work I get to experience. There is something new every day that I get to see and learn about. Also, I appreciate the support of the company and how they help me with the things I haven’t experienced and answer any questions that I have. It’s refreshing to have people willing to help me in order to enhance my knowledge for my future with my career! I truly enjoyed coming to work and I am pleased to get to be a part of the Ackerman-Estvold team!

Joe Audet, EI

Civil Engineer

2019 Graduate of University of North Dakota


Cole Jones

4 year intern

My internship with Ackerman-Estvold started the summer after I graduated from Minot High in 2014. After 4 years interning with AE, I graduated from NDSU in the Spring of 2018, with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. My job consisted of inspecting construction work, documenting project progress and keeping track of project quantities. Working directly with experienced co-workers has led me to grow into the young professional I am today. The thing I love most about working at Ackerman-Estvold is the ability to have flexible scheduling and also the people that I work with are awesome!

Cole Jones, EI

Civil Engineer

2018 Graduate of North Dakota State University

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