Two interns from two different cities (Boston and San Antonio) reflect on their experiences as interns at Skanska. From pre-task planning to business development, here’s what they had to say….
Michael Gonzalez, USA Building – San Antonio (rising senior studying construction science and management at the University of Texas at San Antonio)
How do you view the construction industry after seeing it firsthand this summer? Did your experience change your thinking in any way? This internship has affirmed all the reasons why I selected construction science and management as a degree. I have experienced a broad spectrum of the construction processes on this project – the St. Philip’s College Renovation and Elevator Addition – including filing daily pre-task plans, writing and processing RFIs, and partaking in minor coordination in the field with subcontractors. However, the most impactful aspect was viewing firsthand the importance of relationships in accomplishing goals. My thought processing and mindset has grown from a student learner to a professional learner over the past two months. This internship has been very beneficial and a spectacular experience. I am thankful for this opportunity.
What are your future career plans? My future career plans are to graduate from The University of Texas at San Antonio and hopefully be considered for future opportunities with Skanska.
Susan Stukas, USA Building – Boston (rising senior in civil engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
What was the most beneficial aspect of your Skanska internship? That was the ability to split my time between being in the office and being on-site. I was able to see the corporate/business development side in Boston and also receive field time at two high school projects, allowing me to get a view of the construction aspect of program management through Skanska Integrated Solutions. Overall, my internship was a truly rewarding experience.
How do you view the construction industry after seeing it firsthand this summer? Did your experience change your thinking in any way? After this summer, I was able to develop a newfound appreciation for the hard work, time, and commitment that goes into program management. Much of the work done is behind the scenes preparation; being able to be a part of that changed my way of thinking for the better. It has helped me understand a different side of construction management than what I already knew.
What are your future career plans? Heavily based on this internship, my future career plans include going into construction management.