School: Howard University
Major: Civil Engineering
Company: Skanska USA Civil Southeast
Internship from May 5, 2016 — November 18, 2016
I am Danielle Hendricks, a 23-year-old rising junior Civil Engineering Student at Howard University. I chose to do an internship in construction, as it is multidisciplinary, and would give me a wide variety of activities to complete.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I have done successful takeoffs, buyouts and meetings with bidding companies; work force reports; checking, timing, signing and offloading concrete from concrete trucks; recording the minutes of meetings; inventory of personal protective equipment; locating the requirements for acquiring spare parts required by the owner and manner in which they should be placed; updating of 6-week and 9-week look ahead schedules; and scanning and filing of important documents.
I have exceeded the company’s expectations for my role, as I complete the tasks given efficiently, and in a time-sensitive fashion. For items I am not sure of, I seek answers.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
It is of great importance to follow through on all tasks given when working in a company, and to research more outside of what is asked so you will be prepared for the next task at hand.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
My first day on the internship, I had a Safety Orientation and was trained on all major aspects of safety on the construction site. I helped with personal protective equipment inventory, which taught me more about all the equipment and their use on the job.
Quality taught me how important it is to pay attention to detail on the job, as one simple mistake can lead to a major problem down the line. Time is money, and if you fail to act when the time is right, a lot of money will have to be paid out from all parties involved.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
It means that all aspects of Civil Engineering is important to the direction of modern life. Respect should be given to those who do this work, as it is not easy, and they are risking their lives.