School: Purdue University
Major: Building Construction Management
Company: Milestone Construction
Internship from May 11, 2016 — August 12, 2016
I applied to Purdue University in the school of Building Construction Management because I have always found construction fascinating. After looking into what BCM would mean for a career for me, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. Not long after being accepted into the program, I had the rare opportunity to have my first internship before my freshman year even began. After an amazing first internship and 2 semesters of school, I knew I was still on the right path. This summer, the opportunity to work for Milestone Construction right in my hometown of Lafayette, Indiana under their local surveyor.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I was able to achieve far more than I could have imagined this summer.I could tell how far I had grown in my knowledge of construction from last summer, and I continued to expand my knowledge once again. A job as as a surveyor’s assistant for a road construction company is a far different experience from that of the commercial construction field I had worked in previously. Along with plenty of different procedures and types of projects, there was plenty to be gained. Apart from simply setting hubs along the roadside, I was able to full grasp how vital surveying is to all variations of construction, as well as begin to master may of the surveying techniques commonly used in construction today. Along with all of this came a growth in my ability to communicate important information for the job as well as plenty more confidence in my overall role in the completion of a project.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
Throughout my internship I spent countless hours out in the field on many different job sites. Along with gaining plenty of useful experience and knowledge specific to surveying and its overall importance to the construction industry, I gained plenty of social and communication skills that are vital to succeeding in the field of construction management. From simply being able to transfer one piece of important information from my supervisor to a superintendent to building relationships with countless workers on each jobsite, there were plenty of times where I was challenged and was able to learn what I could be capable of. I was exposed to plenty of scenarios that will certainly help in building a solid foundation for all the skills I will need to carry me through a career as a construction manager.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
When working in road construction, there is a much large emphasis on safety. Civilian traffic speeding by, massive pieces of equipment constantly swarming around you, and countless trip and fall hazards across a jobsite all add up to make one dangerous stretch of road. It is always a surveying crew’s first responsibility to keep yourself and your partner’s safe from all kinds of hazards. I was responsible for watching my supervisor’s back on a daily basis to ensure we were both safe at all times. Quality is also an extreme concern to all of construction, but especially surveying. All data captured using a variety of equipment and methods needs to be as accurate as possible. Numerous instances occurred over my internship in which I was responsible for ensuring data collected in the field was recorded properly in order to provide the most accurate information for completing the project. Both safety and quality quickly became a part of my day-to-day concern.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America delivered a message about construction I had never considered before. After realizing that everyone involved in any type of construction for the past 200 years has helped shape our country and the world into what it is today, it makes me feel proud to be entering such a field. It gives me a far greater respect for those who have come before us and forged the way for what construction is now. The fact that countless hours from a countless number of people have gone into physically shaping our society is something to be honored. This foundation seems like an excellent way to promote this message.