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Miron Intern Update: Brad Ausloos & Brooke Scott

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Summer flies by quickly — especially so for our Miron interns. They have been hard at work these past few months! Before our intern bloggers head back to school, we asked each of them to catch us up on their internship experience. We’ve already heard from Clint and Bryce, Holly and Travis, and Dennis and Zach. Next up is Brad Ausloos and Brooke Scott. (In case you missed their first post, read it here.)

Brad Ausloos – Project Management Intern

 

Brad Ausloos-Miron-Intern-1What is the coolest thing you have learned this summer?

The coolest thing I have learned this summer is about all of the different trades. I poured concrete a couple summers ago and we were usually the only ones on site. Now as an intern, I am able to see what goes on after the foundations are poured. I have been able to talk to the different workers and gain knowledge on each trade.

 

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

My favorite part about my internship is being on site most days. When on site, you are able to see the building’s progress every day. Seeing the progress helps me see what steps go into a project, which helps when making schedules and coordinating different trades around each other. Also being on site gave me a chance to get to know the crew. There are a lot of people involved on a project and it is awesome to get to connect with everyone.

 

What has been the hardest part of your internship?

The hardest part about my internship has probably been not being able to answer everyone’s questions. Some subcontractors come up and ask questions that I am unsure about, and I wish I knew the answer. When I don’t know the answer, I either begin looking for the answer or get the right people involved that can answer the question.

 

Do you feel that your internship has better prepared you for the future? If so, in what ways?

I feel like my internship has prepared me for my future because I have learned so much more about construction. During my internship, I believe I have developed a better construction language. I now feel confident talking to people in the industry because of all the terms/processes I have been exposed this summer. I feel like Miron does a great job getting interns into work that they will eventually be doing as a project manager.

 

What advice would you give other students considering a similar internship?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you are considering an internship, then you are trying to learn. A great way to learn is by asking questions to your mentors. Everyone that I have talk to is more than willing to answer any questions I have. I would recommend making as many connections with people as you can because you never know when you can help them or they can help you.

 

Brooke Scott – Project Management Intern

 

Miron-Intern-Brooke-ScottWhat is the coolest thing you have learned this summer?

The coolest thing I have learned this summer would have to be how to operate a crane and back hoe.

 

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

My favorite part of my internship experience is being able to talk to the workers on my project. It’s neat to hear their stories and learn how they got into the fields they are working in.

 

What has been the hardest part of your internship?

The hardest part of my internship has been understanding how much time it takes to complete a project and a task as well. When talking with the workers on site, I try to guess how long it will take them to complete the task they are working on. Most of the time I am off by hours, but when they break down the task and show me every step that needs to be complete, I’ve been able to learn how long that portion of the project will take. The difficult part is that no two tasks are the same.

 

Do you feel that your internship has better prepared you for the future?

Yes, this internship has prepared me for the future. With all the information I have learned throughout the summer, I now have a better understanding of the project management role and how a project comes to life and fulfills our clients’ dreams.

 

What advice would you give other students considering a similar internship?

The advice I would give to other students would be to take the internship and go into it ready to learn. No two projects are the same, so going into it ready to learn will prepare you for the real world and help you to create good relationships with the people working around you. The other piece of advice I would offer is to talk to the workers out in the field when given the opportunity. They are the people that make the project come to life, and it’s respectful to learn more about what they do and how much of their hard work and time are put into a project.

 

Is there anything else you would like to share about your internship experience?

My summer has been a great experience. I have learned a lot and everyone has helped me with any questions I had. They have all treated me like family and are very friendly.

 

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