School: Ball State University
Major: Construction Management
Company: The Skillman Corporation
Internship from May 10, 2016 — August 16, 2016
Ever since I was a child, I have always had interests in building things and in helping others. It wasn’t until college, however, that I realized my life long interests could be best fulfilled by a career in construction management. This realization has turned into a passion. I have worked diligently in my academic pursuits to learn as much as I can, and I was honored to achieve Dean’s list every semester after declaring construction management as a major, was offered membership to sigma lambda chi international construction honor society, and was awarded the BSU construction management academic scholarship.
In addition, I have been committed to getting as much practical experience as possible by interning for the Skillman Corporation. In addition to earning excellent reviews during my two summers with Skillman, I embraced opportunities to pursue my leadership interests. For example, I collaborated with the vice president of construction in developing improvements to the intern orientation program.
Through the last 3 years, I have remained committed to helping others through volunteerism. In addition to volunteering, I have served on the leadership committee for Ball State’s dance marathon as well as raised money for it.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I improved my knowledge of site management, and the processes of construction. I achieved better results on my job sites by offering my time to help, and taking an interest in people’s lives. The improved morale and relationships on the job sites, encouraged contractors to ask questions, before making a major decision. This allowed for an easy flow of the construction process. My internship helped me improve my people skills. I exceeded the company’s expectations by proposing an improved orientation process for future interns and new hires. The proposal included video training, job shadowing, and an overview on what to expect on the first day of work.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
I learned to always ask questions when I need help, because not everyone is perfect and knows what they are doing. It is best to learn from people with experience, then having to redo something, or cost the company money. When I am a veteran in the construction industry, I want to be able to pass the wisdom and knowledge to others entering the industry.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
I made sure to stick to the specifications and drawings, and to make sure the contractors were precise in their work. I learned a great sum on how not to act on a job site. I also experienced an OSHA officer on the job, this gave me a better understanding and reminder of how important safety is on a job site, and within a company. My experiences taught me to not be complacent in my everyday work.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
It is to educate people that construction is the building blocks of America. It is to help improve the relationships with the construction industry and other industries through leadership, networking, and advancement of the world. I Build America is to encourage people to share their stories about construction and to inform the complexities that go into a project. It is to plan for the future, and recruit men and women who want to make sure the world’s natural resources are sustained through green building. It is to recognize all levels of construction from the laborers, to the engineers, to the managers, including the people who fund the project. It helps people take pride in their work, and tell their family, “I built that skyscraper, school, hospital, house, park, monument, etc.” It is to recognize the dangers that haunt the construction industry. Finally, it is to assure the future of construction throughout the whole world.