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Intern Spotlight!

August 16, 2018

Clark Engineering hires interns each year to provide a variety of valuable assistance. We want to introduce you to our 2018 interns and take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work.

Our internship program focuses on professional development that engages interns in challenging and meaningful ways, and gives them opportunities to learn key job skills. Their work at Clark will help them obtain valuable on-the-job experience that will benefit them as they launch their careers.

We asked our interns to take some time out of their busy day and answer a few questions about their work and themselves.


Taylor Fauth

School: South Dakota State University

Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Internship: Bridge Inspection Intern

What made you want to work and Clark Engineering?

When I was first researching Clark Engineering, I found it to be a very interesting company because of the variety of work that it does.  I thought it would be a great experience to work somewhere that I could be exposed to environmental projects, road and traffic projects, structural projects, and many others all at once.  I also appreciated that Clark has several different offices, particularly one that is near my hometown.  I was excited to be able to work in areas that I was familiar with, as well as seeing projects farther away throughout South Dakota.


What advice do you have for prospective Clark Engineering Interns? 

The biggest piece of advice I have for future interns is to ALWAYS ask questions.  You will likely be entering into a project that has already begun, and there will be lots of terminology and details that you haven’t learned in school.  If you’re unsure of what something is or how to complete a task, take the time to ask about it!  It is always better to take a little more time to do something right the first time than to have to redo it because you didn’t fully understand.  Your mentor engineers are there to support you and always want to help you learn!


What did you want to be when you were growing up?

When I was little, the first thing I wanted to be was a movie star.  Eventually, I realized I wasn’t all that good at acting, so that plan, unfortunately, fell through.


What is the one food you can’t live without?

I don’t think that I could live without cheese.  There are so many different kinds to love, and almost any dish can be made better with more cheese.

John Larsen

School: Carthage College

Major: Environmental Science with Emphasis in Conservation and Ecology; Geography and Earth Science

Internship: Natural Resources Intern

What do you like most about Clark Engineering?

I like the fact that I get to work outside relatively frequently throughout the summer. I also enjoy that I get to work on a wide variety of projects here at Clark.


What does a typical day at Clark Engineering look like?

A typical day for me at Clark is spent either in the field doing a delineation or in the office working on data sheets or writing reports.


Who is your favorite cartoon character? Why?

I don’t really have a favorite cartoon character because I have never really watched or read cartoons.


Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I have been to at least 17 countries, mostly throughout Europe

Kyla Diaz

School: South Dakota State University

Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Internship: Bridge Inspection Intern


Why did you choose Clark Engineering?

They seemed very value-oriented and very flexible.


What is your favorite aspect of Clark Engineering?

The atmosphere created by all the amazing employees.


What does a typical day at Clark Engineering look like?

Out inspecting bridges or in the office typing up reports.


What do you do for fun?

Hang out with friends, watch movies, and play the ukulele.


Who would you like most to have dinner with (dead or alive)?

Mother Theresa

Michaela Beckman

School: University of South Dakota

Major: Biology with an emphasis in Conservation and Biodiversity

Internship: Natural Resources Intern


What does a typical day at Clark Engineering look like for you?

A typical day at Clark typically consists of either a day of field work that includes completing wetland delineations or monitoring sites or it can be a day in the office working on entering field data or creating GIS maps for projects.


What do you like the most about your job?

What I like most about my job is that there is something different to work on at any given time and also the people at Clark are great to work with.


How did you first learn about Clark Engineering?

I first learned about Clark Engineering through the job site on USD’s webpage and then looked for further information on the Clark website.


What is your favorite thing to do outside of the internship?

My favorite thing to do outside of my internship is doing anything active and spending time with friends and family.


If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

If I was a superhero I think I would want my power to be either flying or teleportation, then I could do all the traveling I want to do for free.