School: Oklahoma State University
Major: Construction Management Technology
Company: Manhattan Construction Company
Internship from May 16, 2016 — August 12, 2016
I am a Marine Corps veteran that served on active duty for four years with two deployments to Afghanistan. I chose to do an internship because I have enjoyed building since I was a child. I started building tree houses when I was twelve years old with the left over lumber from the house my parents had build. Construction just made sense when I decided to come back to college after the military. I wanted to do an internship so I could learn more about the construction industry to expand my knowledge in this field.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I was assigned an Assistant Superintendent role for my internship in the summer of 2016. I was working at River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma which was the largest job going on in the state. Manhattan Construction assigned me an area and a schedule and told me to “make sure everything gets done.” I believe I exceeded their expectations due to the fact that they never really put pressure on me to find out what was lagging behind. Every time a Superintendent or the Project Director was up there they always said it was looking good. I do not believe they expected me to have the leadership ability or the coordination skills to make sure the project would stay on time. I received a job offer starting as an Assistant Superintendent which they said never happens. I basically was able to skip a position to be an Assistant Superintendent.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
This internship affected me in a positive way because I learned how to communicate better with many different personalities. Every sub-contractor I dealt with was different so I had to learn how to approach the situation in a different way. This internship also gave me a whole new respect for trade workers. These people work so hard and really care about doing a good job and are often overlooked. I respect the laborers and trades workers much more after this internship.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
As an acting Superintendent off a specific area I constantly had to look at the drawings to make sure the project was being built correctly. I learned how to look at the mechanical, architectural, electrical and finish schedule in much more depth than expected. I almost had the drawings memorized since I was looking at them all the time to make sure everything was being built according to the contract drawings. This changed my perspective since there is much more than one expects to make sure there are high quality standards placed to complete a building.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America means to recognize the construction field and the importance it has in this country. Construction plays a huge part in the economic progress in this country. A career in construction is a very fulfilling way of life. To see an project unfold before your eyes and knowing you took part in that is extremely rewarding. I Built America is showing the men and women that work hard everyday to put a project together.