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Miron Intern Update: Bryce Boden & Clint Garris

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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. Let’s see what Bryce Boden and Clint Garris have been up to. (In case you missed their first post, read it here.)

Bryce Boden – Project Management Intern

 

Bryce-Boden-Miron-InternWhat is the coolest thing you have learned this summer?

The coolest thing that I learned this summer was how important it is to work directly with my project superintendent in order to effectively manage the project, ensuring that the project progresses as smoothly as possible. I have also been able to work with my project manager, Paul Duesterbeck, as well as Miron’s scheduler, Kevin Finnegan, in order to create and maintain project schedules. I have had the opportunity to help create this tool that will help the team move from project start all the way through project completion.

 

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

My favorite part of my internship has been getting more responsibility. At the start of the summer, my project manager, Paul, and I decided that with this being my third summer working for Miron, it was time that I played a larger role in my projects. This summer, I have been able to work on four small projects, giving me invaluable experience in how a job is actually ran and also some of the challenges involved.

 

What has been the hardest part of your internship?

The hardest part of my internship this summer has been learning more about the different features/systems that are used by Miron’s project managers to control costs and keep the projects on track. It has been eye opening to get this first-hand experience of what a project manager’s job is really like and why communication with the field staff is so important throughout the project.

 

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

The experience I have gained from my internship has allowed me to obtain a better understanding of the industry as a whole. I am learning a lot at school, but I believe that the best teacher is personal experience, allowing me to understand the concepts better and how best to find a solution to any problems that arise. An internship also helps you with school a lot; it gives you background knowledge about subjects that you are talking about in your classes.

 

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

I would tell other students to take the opportunity to work an internship. The internship experience will allow you to learn so much more than just reading a book ever could, and students will gain good exposure to what it is actually like to work in the construction industry. The tradespeople are also a good source of information, so make sure that you pick their brains. They are always willing to take time out of their day to help you learn about what they do on a day-to-day basis and gain a better understanding of the industry. I would recommend that every student be a sponge and learn as much as possible while on an internship.

 

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

The best part of my internship experience has been all of the different Miron employees who have taken time out of their busy days to explain a concept so I would have a full understanding. By asking other Miron employees questions, I have been able to get so much more out of my internship experience then I ever would have been able to otherwise. I would also like to thank Miron for the opportunity to intern here and learn from some of the best construction professionals in the industry.

 

Clint Garris – Project Management Intern

 

Clint-Garris-Miron-InternWhat is the coolest thing you have learned this summer?

The coolest thing I have learned this summer is how foundation work is done on a site full of ground water.  The foundation was originally designed to encounter a lot of ground water, but when we kept digging, there was a lot more water than expected. Seeing the challenges and solutions in construction is very interesting and is definitely my favorite part of the industry.

 

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

My favorite part of my internship this year is the increased responsibility.  Each year of my internship with Miron, I have been given more and more responsibility which has allowed me to grow, learn and make a few mistakes along the way.

 

What has been the hardest part of your internship?

The hardest part of my internship is dealing with long lead items. School renovation work is already tough with a short summer schedule, so equipment or material with long lead times makes meeting a deadline that much more challenging.

 

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

My internship has definitely prepared me for the future in a lot of different ways. Learning the paperwork, conducting meetings, seeing how commercial projects come together, organizational skills, and so on. The list is long and I am extremely fortunate to have been able to intern with Miron for the last three summers. With only one more year of school left, I feel a lot more comfortable now in project management than I would have without these internships.

 

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

My advice to other students would be to do your research before accepting an intern position and make sure the company you pick will challenge you. Being challenged is the only way to improve and can only make you a better project manager when you graduate. I have been challenged here at Miron and have improved tremendously.

 

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