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 Deanna, Jacob, and William. Today, we introduce Wyatt.
WYATT GRIESBACH – PROJECT MANAGEMENT INTERN
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
Hi! My name is Wyatt Griesbach. I am a sophomore at Fox Valley Technical College, and I am majoring in construction management.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN INTERN WITH MIRON?
This is my first year as an intern with Miron; however, I worked in the field as a Miron laborer during the summer of 2017. I also continued working in the Yard part-time during the school year and until my internship began. I chose Miron because of the company’s project diversity and the opportunities available to grow my knowledge in the construction industry.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION?
I became interested in construction at an early age. While growing up, I attended Quarry Quest and loved running the equipment. It was from those experiences that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in construction.
WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING YOU HAVE LEARNED SO FAR THIS SUMMER?
One of the coolest things I have learned this summer is how a hydroelectric dam operates. I was given the opportunity to spend two days at Alliant Energy in Prairie Du Sac learning about the hydroelectric dam.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP?
Miron gave me the chance to be an industrial project manager intern this summer. I came into this internship not knowing a lot about the industrial division, so my favorite part of the summer would have to be visiting and learning about all the different industrial plants located both inside and outside the state of Wisconsin.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF YOUR INTERNSHIP?
Coming into the construction industry with little experience, I still haven’t memorized all the tools and machines. The biggest struggle for me was learning and retaining all the terminology.
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR INTERNSHIP IS BETTER PREPARING YOU FOR THE FUTURE? IF SO, IN WHAT WAYS?
Yes, this internship has prepared me for the future in ways that a classroom environment cannot. This opportunity has taught me the tasks and responsibilities of a project manager. I now have a better understanding of an industrial project, including bidding a job, job set-up, and cost tracking.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER STUDENTS CONSIDERING A SIMILAR INTERNSHIP?
An importance piece of advice I would give is not to be afraid to get your hands dirty. If asked to go in the field and work for a day, take that opportunity. Working in the field is an extremely valuable experience. It’s not only fun, but it also helps you understand different aspects of construction.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT YOUR INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE?
Getting to meet people at Miron has been a pleasure. I’m a chatty person by nature and loved meeting all these talented workers in the office and the field.
Thanks, Wyatt. Check back next week to meet another Miron intern who will be joining our blog for the summer.
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