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Procurement and Contracts Intern

July 2020 • Reston, VA

What I liked

I appreciated that I actually had an internship this summer and that it wasn't just cancelled. I had a manager I could communicate with and ask questions to.

What I wish was different

The remote internship this summer was similar to a camp, with presentations for 5 hours a day then sometimes case studies. I just wish I would have gotten to really dive into work, an internship is supposed to give you real world experience and I think it really lacked that.

Advice

Make sure you know what you're getting into. I know this wasn't a usual experience by any means but ask about their plans for the summer to see what they are planning to improve upon.
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Construction Automation Specialist

July - August 2020 • Houston, TX

What I liked

It was an awesome experience to meet people and learn more about engineering

What I wish was different

Wish it was in person

Advice

Be ready to take notes and network as much as possible
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Virtual Intern

July 2020 • Richland, WA

What I liked

I was so grateful that Bechtel chose to continue it's summer internship program even with the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The dedication shown by the company to its interns and employees really impressed me, and made me think seriously about working for them in the future.

What I wish was different

I wish we could have been in an in-person environment, but I understand the difficult circumstances that COVID caused.

Advice

I would encourage that students apply even though it can seem like an imposing company, with all it's success in the industry, it is still family-run and focused on fostering a collaborative and respectful environment that allows all in the company to succeed.
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Project Support

July - August 2020 • Houston, TX

What I liked

My team members cohesion. Also being able to learn as you and have managers who care about your career development

What I wish was different

Wish It would have been in person instead of virtual

Advice

Never shy away from asking for more responsibilities and leadership opportunities. They will be more than happy to provide you those.
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Project Controls Intern

June - July 2020 • Houston, TX

What I liked

I enjoyed the informational benefit to the online internship. Due to not being in person and performing my actual role as a project controls intern it gave us interns lots of time to learn and grow by learning business processes, proper etiquette, networking, and involvement through the sessions we attended.

What I wish was different

I wish it was longer and in person, I was remotely interning due to the coronavirus and I wish that it had been in person so I was able to actually work with and interact more naturally with coworkers and supervisors.

Advice

Go in ready and willing to learn important information about business processes and network as much as possible to ensure future success.
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Computer Network Engineer Intern

June - August 2019 • Richmond, KY

What I liked

The company and the people who worked there.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask for opportunities and experiences you would like.
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Corporate and Public Affairs Intern

June - August 2019 • Reston, VA

What I liked

the community was extremely supportive and the internship allowed me flexibility to do what I was interested in yet enough structure to feel as if I was using my time wisely

What I wish was different

I wish I had moved closer to the city. The metro commute was not bad, however the cost of the metro amounted to hundreds of dollars every month

Advice

Build your network and get involved from day 1! Bechtel loves their interns so don't be afriad to ask questions, meet new people, and jump into new projects.
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Oracle Database Administrator Intern

June - August 2019 • Glendale, AZ

What I liked

Friendly work environment where everyone is willing to help and work with you.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Ask Questions and always offer to do something. Giving suggestions and acting upon them will help with your learning and experience.
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Supply Chain Analyst Intern

June - August 2019 • Houston, TX

What I liked

I was very much able to decide the pace of my internship. If I needed more work, they would find more work for me.

What I wish was different

I wish I had had more time there! I really wanted to learn more about contract negotiation, but we ran out of time.

Advice

Do not come into an internship with expectations of what it will be like or how it will be structured. Come in with an open mind and be ready to delve into whatever work they present you with.
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Project Controls Intern

June - August 2019 • Houston, TX

What I liked

The culture and the people.

What I wish was different

The process for return offer.

Advice

Always ask questions to gain knowledge and better understand what is going on.
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Computer Networking Intern

June - August 2019 • Reston, VA

What I liked

Computer Networking one-on-one sessions with supervisor and staff

What I wish was different

On-hands Job Application

Advice

Working at Bechtel exposes you to multiple jobs/fields.
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Mechanical Field Engineer

November 2017 • Waynesboro, GA

What I liked

I enjoy being a Mechanical Field Engineer. This summer I was allowed to assist another Intern to gain a full and enriched experience as a Mechanical Field Engineer. They had their own scope of work, was able to teach other people through the training she received, and she wants to come back to learn more.

What I wish was different

I don’t think there could have been anything different. I asked the intern how much did they want to learn. We set SMART goals that we attained.

Advice

I would advise more people to take on their intern experience with goals in mind to achieve. I encourage them to ask a lot of questions and don’t settle for a mundane experience. Being an intern in a company, that provides a full experience of what they are looking to accomplish in their career.
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Field Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Waynesboro, GA

What I liked

Very easy to be integrated into the team. Various lunch and learns with executive members. Ability to be able to work on projects on my own.

What I wish was different

Schedule is demanding but they have realistic expectations for time from interns.

Advice

Ask questions and learn how to integrate feedback from mentors and peers.
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Quality Intern

June - August 2018 • Richmond, KY

What I liked

The ability to ask questions, helpfulness of the employees. How challenging it was and ability to learn new things that wasn't easy like other interns at the project.

What I wish was different

My supervisor giving me more feedback on my performance throughout the process rather than just at the end of the internship.

Advice

Have a goal in mind for each milestone and priority. Be able to take constructive criticism and improve yourself.
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Chemical Demolition Security Specialist Intern

June - August 2018 • Pueblo, CO

What I liked

Being able to work with both private and federal sectors to collaborate efforts in destroying chemical munitions

What I wish was different

Advice

Never be afraid to explore other areas within the company you are with
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Control Systems Engineerig Intern

June - August 2018 • Reston, VA

What I liked

The people were amazing and extremely supportive of my learning curve

What I wish was different

I wish I had the chance to see the site, but it is in Washington state

Advice

Network with the interns and interact on a more personal level with your coworkers if you can! Go to trivia nights and social outings
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Human Resources Intern

June - August 2017 • Glendale, AZ

What I liked

I had real, applicable work to do that taught and grew me in my field. The culture at Bechtel is incredible and everyone I met was supportive of my learning and development.

What I wish was different

I wish I had taken a little more initiative to make and keep connections with more of the people around me.

Advice

Be friendly to everyone, and do your work with dedication. Do not forget why you are there and think that you are entitled to anything, work hard and you will be okay.
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