School: Chico State University
Major: Construction Management
Company: Webcor Builders
Internship from May 24, 2016 — August 12, 2016
Hello, my name is Jenna Good. I currently go to Chico State University, where I am studying construction management with a minor in sustainability. I plan on graduating next May, 2017.
Since my freshman year in college I have completed three different internships with different companies over the past three summers. My freshman summer I worked for the heavy civil company, Vanguard Construction. My sophomore summer I worked for another heavy civil company, R&R Horn, Inc.
This summer I had the opportunity to work with Austin-Webcor Joint Venture on the SFO Terminal 1 Boarding Area B project. This project is currently in pre-construction and is scheduled to break ground mid-august with demo activities. During my time at SFO I have worked in procurement and had the responsibility of creating buyout packages for different scopes of work, advertise and prequalify subcontractors as well as assist in creating bid packages RFP’s and bid forms.
I have chosen to do internships in construction because I find construction fascinating and love being able to apply the knowledge I have learned in school to a real life job. I am a learn-by-doing person and internships really bring out what I should expect out of a job from college.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
Over my internship experiences I have worn a lot of hats. I have worked and assisted in estimating by running bid runs, calling suppliers and subcontractors to receive quotes and also have completed takeoffs for numerous projects on different software’s. I have also worked along side a controller and assisted with T&M’s and allocating equipment across the whole company. This summer with Austin-Webcor I had the opportunity to work in procurement and learned a lot being exposed to preconstruction activities.
I believe I have exceed each companies expectations by working very hard during my entire time as an intern. My duties as an intern grew every week, because each company trusted me to have more responsibility in their current work.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
Throughout my internship experiences I have learned so much that will benefit my future. I have obtained experiences and learned lessons by being applied to the work hands on. Every little experience I have had has turned out to be a life lesson that I will apply to similar situations in the future.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
This summer our companies number one goal on the project was safety. Austin-Webcor Joint venture had a routine safety meeting once a week to discuss what we can do better to make our project a safer place. Also, arriving on the SFO project I was required to take a three hour safety orientation course that was specific to our certain project.
My perspective of construction has changed vastly this summer, because I did not realize how serious safety is on a construction site. I now know that nothing is worth jeopardizing your safety and doing so could not only hurt you, but the whole company as well.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
After reviewing I Build America, I felt the feeling of family. The construction industry is not just someone you work with. Coworkers are family in construction and we will always need teamwork in order to complete a project successfully.
I like how I Build America is so supportive of the next generation of construction. They are so welcoming of the incoming people in the industry and only want the best for their future. I think it is amazing that I Build America wants to share everyone’s experiences and wants to get everyone involved.