5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Construction Management Internship
This piece was written by a recent intern at BMS sharing his insight and experience.
1. Choosing an Internship Wisely
Not all are internships are crea ted equally. The construction industry consists of many different sub-disciplines. Take time to research and understand the different sub-disciplines and the companies operating within those. For construction management undergraduates, utilize the career resources available through your university and attend university career fairs to meet and learn more about the specific construction firms that interest you.
2. Work in the field
For some, working as a laborer on a jobsite can seem like a challenging and intimidating task, but there is absolutely no better way to gain a fundamental understanding of the industry than at the “boots on the ground” level. By working alongside laborers, regardless of what the task is, an intern learns so much about jobsite culture and the work that the company does. Even though manual labor does not appeal to most young professionals looking for an internship, there is no more efficient source of technical knowledge and information than working in the field. Completing a field internship is a valuable asset to anyone going into field supervision, project management, engineering, drafting, controls, sales and any other management position in the industry.
3. Ask Questions
Don’t ever feel intimidated to ask questions. Internships are about learning as much as possible and eventually starting a career. Asking questions creates opportunities to learn and demonstrates interest. Asking for more information shows your future employer that you have the desire to perform tasks to the best of your ability.
4. Talk to People
Take advantage of all of the years of experience surrounding you. By talking to the ones around you, you will become immersed in the culture of the company and broaden your knowledge of the industry from the people that once stood in your position. Capitalizing on the opportunity to make conversation and be social will not only be a great learning experience, but will also give you a chance to hone your soft skills and get a feel for the culture, which is imperative to success in the workplace.
5. Come Prepared and Willing to Work Everyday
An intern should look at everyday as an opportunity to showcase their skills and eagerness to learn more about the job and company. Just like an intern is testing out the company to see if it is a good fit for them, the company is also testing out the intern to see if they are a good fit for the company. Even though you might not think it is a big deal, being punctual, keeping an organized workspace and dressing appropriately is extremely important. The image you portray to the company could be the difference in you getting the job or not, so treat your internship like a full time position.
Bahnson Mechanical Systems provides a rare opportunity for engineering and construction management students to get meaningful, hands on experience in all aspects of our integrated design build business over two or more internships.