My name is Jessica Francis and I am a civil engineering major in my junior year at West Virginia University. I am a dedicated student at the top of my class and like to stay involved with many organizations on campus. This includes being a member of the WVU honors college, junior class honor society, the Society of Women Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ concrete canoe team, an officer for Chi Epsilon (the civil engineering honor society), and a piccolo player for the Pride of West Virginia Marching Band.
I chose to accept a construction engineering internship at Crown Castle after researching the company and becoming intrigued by the work they do. Crown is one of the largest providers of wireless infrastructure, including cell towers, small cell nodes, and fiber optic cables. Most people would not immediately think of these facilities when considering the infrastructure that makes their daily lives possible, but the ever-growing prominence of smart technology depends on Crown’s services to function. Without these resources, you could not place a call, search the internet, or use many of the applications that have become essential to have on cell phones. I wanted to take part in this rapidly expanding industry to learn more about the hidden infrastructure that makes daily life as we know it possible, and have a hand in providing the public with this essential service.
I am extremely grateful for the time spent at my internship with Crown. I learned more than I could have ever imagined about the world of construction engineering, from the industry standards governing their practices, to the current and in-development methods of fabrication and installation. Visiting four different towers to see these practices implemented gave me an unforgettable experience, and a true appreciation for construction. I am proud of the effort I put into every project I worked on, and feel it was a great honor to be on the team recognized as the best interns at Crown Castle.
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