School: Georgia Southern University
Major: Construction Management
Company: IPR Southeast
Internship from May 9, 2016 — August 5, 2016
My name is Ben Evans and I am currently enrolled in the Construction Management department at Georgia Southern University. I am an upcoming senior ready to finish my degree but definitely not ready to finish the study of Construction. Building things and taking them apart has always been one of my favorite past times and still to this day is how I spend a lot of my free time. It started with legos at a young age to now getting to do my dream internship in the construction field doing trench less utility rehab. I am very thankful for my university for my continuing education in one of my favorite industries and will enjoy my time developing new skills as I go along. This is just a little bit about me and why I chose the construction internship over every other program.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
This internship really gave me the hands-on experience that the real world requires in order to succeed. Since starting with IPR Southeast I have learned many of positions including; estimating, safety management, project management, operations management, as well as manual labor. I did my absolute best to be as involved as possible and believe that I have tremendously exceeded the requirements my employer sought out for when looking for an intern. This was only an opinion until I had received much praise from my superiors at IPR.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
The biggest thing I can take away from this internship is actually two things. The first being leadership and the second being humility. After shadowing my operations manager for a few weeks I noticed that he was by far the busiest employee in the office. He would constantly run around to different job sites and seemed like he was on the phone for 23 hours a day. However, just talking to him outside of work one would never have thought he is as successful as he is and that is where the humility comes into play. He was first a leader at work but knew that the reason he was making money was because of our manual laborers. These are traits I plan to carry out for the rest of my working career and personal life.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
During my internship I shadowed under our Safety Manager for roughly a week. During our time together I learned that safety is much more than a term to describe ones well being. The biggest thing my manager and I discussed during my time was that safety needs to become a culture. By becoming a safety culture he meant that instead of crew members rushing to get their hardhats and gloves only when they see the manager, they would already be wearing the proper PPE because they want to, not because of fear of a write up. This really started to sink in when we had 3 somewhat major incidents within 4 weeks. The crew has already started to perform better safety habits and I have learned the importance of safety in a construction field.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I think that IBuildAmerica most importanly means that no matter who you are or what background one may come from everyone benefits from those involved in the construction industry. I like to think that those who work in construction could be considered the backbone of the work force. Everyone alive today benefits from construction whether it be their office building, home, favorite restaurant, etc. To me IBuildAmerica was telling me that what I am choosing as a future career will help everyone in the long run and I find great joy knowing that I can make peoples lives possible through my work.