School: university of alaska anchorage
Major: construction management
Company: Quality Asphalt Paving
Internship from May 2, 2016 — August 21, 2016
I am 24 years old and live in Wasilla Alaska. This is actually my third summer as a construction intern with the same company. Within the company I am with, they want you to intern for 3-4 years before they hire you on as an engineer to get the most training possible. I chose to do this internship again because the past two years I have learned a lot and I intend to be in construction the rest of my life.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
This year during my internship I was given more duties and responsible for more aspects of an engineer’s role instead of just an intern’s role. One of the jobs was near the end and that engineer was going to a new job so I actually became the engineer for the project that was wrapping up. I was able to work with the superintendent on the job and I learned quite a bit in the past that it really helped me to complete my tasks properly and on time.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
Something that I have learned throughout my internship is that working as a team and having good communication is the way to being successful. When you have a good team on a project, anything is possible. This little reminder works for all aspects of life and I surely won’t forget it.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
As an intern, one of my tasks was to make sure there were weekly safety meetings taking place. I also made sure that there was always PPE available to all employees at any given time. I have seen some minor incidents that could have easily been prevented with proper PPE so I think it is a very important aspect of construction. We wouldn’t implement safety plans if it wasn’t important.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I think that IBA is a way to show people everywhere what construction is all about. How important it is for our future and that it is a potentially great career for the younger generations. Working as hard as people do in construction really pays off from the satisfaction of being a part of something so helpful to others and being a part of a growing industry. A lot of people from younger generations don’t realize the potential they can have within a construction company but if they were to hear about it and look into it, I guarantee more of them would start joining this wonderful work force.