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 fifteen interns to share their journeys on our blog over the next few months. In previous posts, we met Mary and Tyler. Today, we introduce Ben.
BEN LAUREN – INDUSTRIAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT INTERN
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
My name is Ben Lauren, and I am a senior at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. I will be graduating in December with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN INTERN WITH MIRON?
This is my first internship at Miron Construction. I chose Miron Construction because of its reputation for being family-oriented, experience in the construction world, and reputation for doing quality work with sound business ethics.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION?
I first became interested in the construction industry as a very young boy, who was always obsessed with heavy equipment. Being a farmer, tractors were always the fun part of the work. I operated them for some time, but I knew that wasn’t the career path for me, and opted to go to school instead.
WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING YOU HAVE LEARNED SO FAR THIS SUMMER?
The coolest thing I have learned so far this summer is the foundry process. Many of my family members have been foundry employees in the Upper Peninsula, but until now, I was never able to visualize the size and speed of the whole process.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP?
My favorite part about this internship is the size of the equipment that Miron is building and installing. I think it is very cool to see the process of everything, and to be able to be a small part of a worldwide company’s new flagship foundry.
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR INTERNSHIP IS BETTER PREPARING YOU FOR THE FUTURE? IF SO, IN WHAT WAYS?
I feel this internship has helped prepare me for future endeavors. Being able to work with employees and other subcontractors has helped me refine my communication skills, which is something that can always be improved. It has also given me an inside look at how business can have its roadblocks, and some solutions that can be achieved while still maintaining customer relationships.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER STUDENTS CONSIDERING A SIMILAR INTERNSHIP?
My advice to other students considering a similar internship is to listen. Everybody has had different experiences, and you will come into an internship knowing very little compared to their experience. But, if you listen, you will learn some valuable lessons that will help you in the long run.
Thanks, Ben. Check back next week to meet another Miron intern who will be joining our blog for the summer.
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