Our interns have been hard at work this summer, gaining valuable experience in their fields of study. Before he trades in his hard hat for a backpack, we asked Clint Garris, a project management intern at our Milwaukee office, to tell us about his Miron internship experience.
What have you learned this summer? Is there something about the construction industry that you didn’t know before?
The list is extremely long with regard to what I’ve learned at Miron. If I had to pick one thing, it would be that it’s very rare for a project to go perfectly, and as a project manager, it’s how you react to a situation that can make all the difference. One thing I didn’t know about the industry before this summer is how much paperwork goes into each project. Being organized is vital to the job’s success.
What has been your favorite part of your internship?
My favorite part of my internship is that after I help out with the project’s paperwork, I get to visit the jobsite and see the ongoing progress. I have also enjoyed interacting with the Miron crew onsite, as well as the subcontractors and Owners.
What has been the hardest part of your internship?
The hardest part of my internship has definitely been learning the different terminology in the construction industry. Whether it’s slang in the field, an acronym, a piece of equipment, or even a specific tool, it’s been a challenge to understand what exactly people are talking about at times. Continuing to ask questions has been a big help in this area.
Has your take on the construction industry or your career goals changed since you started your internship?
Since my internship started, I’ve learned that the construction industry is a tough one. What I mean by that is, you are constantly learning how much actually goes into building a building, whether it’s materials, equipment, or coordination—there are so many moving parts. I’ve found it very intriguing and this has only increased my interest in the industry.
What advice would you give other students considering a similar internship?
If I had to give advice, I would say to definitely pursue an internship. Yes, working at Culver’s for the summer may allow for more time to work on your tan and spend time with friends; however, the knowledge you gain from an internship is extremely valuable and can only make you more successful at school and in the future.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?
My internship has been a lot of fun. The people at Miron are awesome and showing up to work every day has been great. Everyone has been extremely helpful from day one. I’d like to give a shout-out to Amy Firkus from the Milwaukee office for showing me how to make my first pot of coffee ever—it was life-changing.