“There is a crane with a clamshell bucket! A dump truck, too! Excavator!” Even as a young child, just beginning my schooling, the sight of construction underway always caused my imagination to run wild. I clung tight to my favorite childhood picture book, a collection of illustrations of construction equipment and vehicles, yelling out the names whenever I excitedly saw them in real life, the machinery assembling towering structures that awed me continuously.
Even today, construction still sparks the same childlike curiosity and wonder within me. As a student in the Honors Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Texas at Austin, I chose to direct my studies in a path to continue to allow me to grow my knowledge of the structures, designs, and frameworks that support our lives every day, both literally and figuratively. After completing my freshman year coursework, I resolved myself to find an avenue into the industry and jump in head first.
I became ecstatic at the news that I received an internship offer from Skanska USA, a leader in construction and consulting across the entire country. Much to my elation, I found that Skanska possessed multiple projects in the areas surrounding my hometown in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, an area with construction continuously booming and growing as people flock to North Texas. Over the course of the summer, experience on projects under both the consulting/program managing arm, Skanska Integrated Solutions, and the construction arm, Skanska USA Building, broadened my horizons and delivered new lessons and information every day. As I watched the job sites expand and grow over the course of my internship, I felt that my knowledge, too, was under construction and expanding the same way.
From the very beginning of the summer, I knew that experience in an industry as complex, exciting, and central to American life as construction posed an incredible opportunity. However, my already high expectations were blown out of the water every day, as my experiences with all sides of the business opened my eyes to the idiosyncrasies of the industry.
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