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Life at Clark Engineering After Internship

September 5, 2017

Each year, Clark Engineering hires interns to help us in a variety of ways. In addition to getting technical help in the areas of engineering, surveying, and environmental science during the busy summer season, internships are a great way for us to give a boost to the next generation of technical professionals as they launch their careers.

Several current staff members got their start at Clark Engineering as interns. We asked them to reflect on their time as interns and how the internship prepared them for full-time employment. Here are the questions we asked and some of our favorite answers.

Why did you choose Clark Engineering for your internship?

“I heard from my teachers that Clark is a great company to work for. I had also worked at Clark the summer after high school and thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“Clark’s services include renewable energy, which is something I am very interested in. I wanted to learn more about it.”

What about your internship did you find most valuable?

“I had a lot of independence during my summer internship, which was immensely beneficial to my professional and personal growth. I was essentially my own boss for the summer, creating my own schedules and collaborating with various clients to update the road signs across McCook County.”

“I found Clark’s trust of interns to be extremely valuable. I was placed on a job site for most of the summer while I was interning. I made calls to the office or stopped in just once a week. Clark trusted me to handle inspecting a project, which allowed me to grow my problem-solving skills out in the field.”

How is your job different from your internship?

“As an intern, I primarily worked with Civil 3D doing signing projects and drawings for box culverts. Now I am out in the field more often and have done some staking and construction observation, but I am still working with Civil 3D doing drawings for box culverts and bridges, and using it to figure some quantities.”

What coursework do you feel prepared you the most for your internship and subsequent career?

“Knowledge of CAD and GIS, as well as English courses, prepared me for my internship and career. CAD and GIS are the programs I used the most while at work, and English and writing courses are extremely beneficial when communicating in the professional world.”

What advice would you give to students looking at internship as a way to jump-start their careers?

“Do it!  If you are unsure of your interests or career possibilities, an internship is a fantastic way to narrow that down.  My internship with Clark was not directly relevant to my current position, but it allowed me to take an inside look at Clark’s departments and land a position in the exact field I was interested in: structural building design.”