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 Nick, Alex, and Deanna. Today, we introduce Jacob.
JACOB KROLL – PROJECT MANAGEMENT INTERN
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
My name is Jake Kroll, and I am a senior at UW-Stout. My major is construction management.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN INTERN WITH MIRON?
This is my first year with Miron. I chose Miron because I wanted to broaden my construction experience with commercial construction. Miron seems to be the best at what they do, and I wanted to learn from the best.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION?
I grew up working with my dad at his excavation company, so I have always had a passion for construction.
WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING YOU HAVE LEARNED SO FAR THIS SUMMER?
Commercial construction is pretty new to me because I have worked in civil construction for most of my life. I thought it was awesome to watch the building come together. I really enjoyed learning everyone’s different roles and how all the trades work together for a successful project.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP?
My favorite part of this internship, outside of learning new things, was building new relationships and meeting new people. I enjoyed walking around onsite every day and talking with the subcontractors and different tradespeople.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP?
The most difficult part of my internship has been learning the concepts of vertical construction (since I came from a background in horizontal construction).
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR INTERNSHIP IS BETTER PREPARING YOU FOR THE FUTURE? IF SO, IN WHAT WAYS?
I feel my internship with Miron has definitely helped prepare me for my future in construction management. Miron is a professional company, and watching how the subcontractors work with the superintendents, who then work with the project managers, really showed me what a successful project team looks like. That is something I’ll always carry with me wherever I go in the industry.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER STUDENTS CONSIDERING A SIMILAR INTERNSHIP?
The main advice I would give to any students considering a similar internship would be to take advantage of all the opportunities and resources available. If training, or a new chance to learn, is available, take it.
Thanks, Jake. Check back later this week to meet another Miron intern who will be joining our blog for the summer.
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