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Intern Spotlight!

August 1, 2017

Clark Engineering hires interns each year to provide a variety of valuable assistance. We want to introduce you to our 2017 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.


Josh Prather

School: South Dakota State University

Major: Civil Engineering

Internship: Civil Engineering Intern

  1. What do you like most about Clark Engineering?

What I like most about working at Clark Engineering is my interaction with people throughout the company. I like the laid-back atmosphere where work still gets done.

  1. What are three words you would use to describe Clark Engineering?

“Setting my future.”

  1. What does a typical day at Clark Engineering look like?

There really isn’t a typical day for me because of the different jobs and roles that I am placed in.

  1. Who is your favorite cartoon character? Why?

My favorite cartoon character would have to be Stewie Griffin of Family Guy. I like the irony that the baby is the smartest one in the family, and the sarcasm he brings to the show.

  1. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I like to spend every day I can on the water, whether I am fishing or doing water sports with friends and family.


Mario Jimenez

School: North Dakota State University

Major: Civil Engineering

Internship: Land Surveying Intern

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

I start my day at the office, where I prep the truck for the day. Then I spend the day at two to three different locations across the metro area. Long days but I enjoy every minute of it.

  1. What do you like most about your job?

My favorite thing about my internship at Clark is the constant change of scenery

  1. How did you first learn about Clark Engineering?

I heard about Clark at a career fair at my school.

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

My favorite thing to do outside the internship is spend time with my friends and family. I also enjoy having early morning runs at the local county park in my neighborhood.

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

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be teleportation so I could see the world.

Benjamin Greenwood

School: University of Minnesota

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Internship: Mechanical Engineering Intern

  1. Why did you choose Clark Engineering?

I chose Clark Engineering for the experience, challenges, and variety of projects.

  1. What is your favorite aspect of Clark Engineering?

I appreciate that Clark is an equal opportunity employer and has worked with me and my disability to allow me to gain helpful work experience for my future career.

  1. What does a typical day at Clark Engineering look like?

Working on projects in AutoCAD and looking forward to new assignments.

  1. What do you do for fun?

I enjoy watching the Twins, watching movies, spending time with family, and playing video games.

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

My grandparents, Tom and Helen.

Michaela Beckman

School: University of South Dakota

Major: Biology with an emphasis in Conservation and Biodiversity

Internship: Natural Resources Intern

  1. What has been your favorite part of your internship with Clark Engineering?

My favorite part of my internship has probably either been getting to work outdoors or getting to know the other Clark employees.

  1. Why did you decide to intern at Clark Engineering?

I chose to intern with Clark Engineering because I wanted to get a feel for the type of environmental work that they do.

  1. What is the last joke you recall?

The last joke I heard was probably so corny that I can’t even remember it.

  1. What is the best book you have ever read?

The best book I’ve ever read was either A Tale of Two Cities or The Kite Runner.

Marshall Beynon

School: Southeast Technical Institute

Major: Land Surveying Science and Civil Engineering Technology

Internship: Civil Engineering Technician Intern

  1. What made you want to work at Clark Engineering?

Clark seemed very professional and organized, and offered lots of great benefits.

  1. What advice do you have for prospective Clark Engineering interns?

Don’t be too nervous and worried – Clark is a great place to work.

  1. What did you want to be when growing up?

A wildlife biologist.

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


John Larsen

School: Carthage College

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

Internship: Natural Resources Intern

  1. What do you like to do when you are not interning at Clark Engineering

When I’m not at Clark, I enjoy reading, hiking and being outdoors.

  1. What drew you to Clark Engineering?

I was drawn to Clark Engineering because it gave me the opportunity to challenge myself and try something new to help me discover what I want to do when I graduate college.

  1. Tell us about your internship. What is your role and what do you do?

My role at Clark is a Natural Resources Intern. Most of my time is spent either out in the field doing wetland delineations or in the office entering the data we collect in the field adn prepping for upcoming delineations.

  1. If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring?

If I were stuck on an island, I would bring some food, some sort of shelter, and a good book to read to pass the time.