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Meet the Miron Interns: MaKenna Stelpflug & Michael Daniels

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Internships are a great opportunity to gain real world professional experience before graduation. Each summer, Miron Construction welcomes a number of interns to work in all areas of our company. Every intern’s experience is unique. Rather than us tell you about it, we have invited ten interns to share their journeys on our blog over the next few months. In previous posts, we met Bryce and Clint, Holly and Travis, Dennis and Zach, and Brad and Brooke. Last up, we have MaKenna and Michael.

MaKenna Stelpflug – Project Management Intern

 

MaKenna Stelpflug-Miron-Intern-1Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is MaKenna Stelpflug and I am a student at Michigan Technological University working towards a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering and Management. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in December 2016 and will be completing my Master’s program after this fall semester (December 2017).

 

How long have you been an intern with Miron? 

This will be my third year as a Project Management intern with Miron Construction. My first summer I worked with Heather Stoffel on the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital project and my second summer with Peter Dupuis on the Lac Vieux Desert Health Clinic. Currently, I am working on the Houghton County Medical Care Facility with Luke Oberdorfer. After having a positive experience during my first summer, I wanted to continue working with Miron. Each day brought new challenges, experiences, and opportunities to learn from. The endless opportunities to learn more about construction, communication, project management, etc. was what made me want to return. I found a passion for the construction industry and a company that valued that passion.

 

When did you first become interested in a career in construction?

Growing up, I always liked building things whether it was with Legos, Lincoln Logs, or household items. As for sparking my interest in a career in this field, it was probably during my second year of college. I took a Fundamentals of Construction class and the topics that we covered really got me excited about construction. To be a part of a project that has an impact on the community around it is really cool and something to be excited about.

 

What are you hoping to learn in your internship with Miron?

My goal for this summer is to learn more about the cost management side of project management. I’ve been able to be a part of the day-to-day activities onsite and pick up bits and pieces of the financial side of the project, but I would like to expand on that.

Michael Daniels – Project Management Intern

 

Michael Daniels-Miron-Intern-1Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Michael Daniels.  I am a senior at UW-Stout working on attaining a degree in construction management.

 

How long have you been an intern with Miron? 

This is my third summer interning as a project manager. I chose to come back because Miron does an excellent job of getting its interns involved in projects and giving them a lot of exposure to all the different aspects of the job. In my previous internships, I have been able to experience things such as creating and updating a schedule, reviewing bids and writing contracts, reviewing submittals, and creating estimates, as well as working with the tradespeople out in the field learning the process of pouring footings and foundations, building masonry walls, erecting precast buildings, installing electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems, and much more.

 

When did you first become interested in a career in construction?

I first became interested in construction when I was 8 years old. My parents were building their new house and I was able to see and learn a lot about the process. I enjoyed learning about all the different facets that went into building the house.

 

What are you hoping to learn in your internship with Miron?

I am hoping to learn the skills necessary to be a successful project manager and leader, learn more about the different parts of the industry, and understand more about the nuts and bolts of the construction process and how to manage my time efficiently.

 

Thanks, MaKenna and Michael. Be sure to check back often as our interns update us on their experiences this summer.

 

 

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