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Black & Veatch

Electrical Engineer

May 2022 • Denver, CO

What I liked

This is one of the places which has a great work culture and the work-life balance was really good. The system at Black & Veatch is designed in a way that every person always has someone to help even if it's not from your division. The people who work here are passionate about what they do and they are willing to come forward to teach you even in their busy schedules. The amount of knowledge I have gained here is vast and all the supervisors and fast start sponsors are very well experienced in their work and always there to clear even your smallest doubts. The HR and college relations team is one of the best I have ever experienced, They are always there to help you with whatever doubts you have. They are always consistent and arranged virtual site tours for virtual interns and made us realize what it feels to be like on-site. The sheer number of projects and how they handle each of the projects were outstanding. The attention to detail in every project they do and the R&D phase stunned me with all the brainstorming before the project starts.

What I wish was different

Advice

The people here are experts at what they do and they know why everything is put in a certain way in a project. Ask a lot of questions even if it's the lamest ones you could ever find, They are ready to answer even that. the people who work here are selfless and don't require you to know everything. If you start something new, They are ready to help you go from scratch. The more questions you ask, the more you learn.
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Construction Intern

May - August 2021 • Morro Bay, CA

What I liked

I liked everything about the experience. I liked that it was a field internship rather than a virtual one. I believe that being on site and seeing the work being done right before your eyes helps exponentially with learning. I liked that the expectations of me were not very high due to the fact that they expect you to be unexperienced. At the end of the day, the purpose of an internship is to learn, and get that exposure to your industry/field of work.

What I wish was different

I wish I was provided with housing by my employer. The firm did reimburse me for rent and relocation, but I had to find a place on my own, on a short notice, and in area with housing shortages. My living situation was not ideal, but I learned a lot from the process. Matter fact, I have a great relationship with the landlord that I stayed with.

Advice

Do not be afraid to ask questions. I was afraid to ask questions in the beginning weeks of my internship which slowed down my learning process. You should not spend a lot of time figuring out how to do work on your own because you are afraid or hesitant to ask questions.
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Process Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Overland Park, KS

What I liked

I worked on a great team of engineers and everyone was more than willing to help me learn! I was super happy with my supervisor and got to work on a diverse group of projects.

What I wish was different

My internship was fully virtual, so I wish I was able to go into the office.

Advice

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Electrical Engineering Technician Intern

July - September 2021 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

It gave me real world experience so I can see how what I have been learning in school is actually applicable. And I was able to develop new skills, for example learning a new CAD software.

What I wish was different

It was a virtual internship so I didn’t get the chance to meet any of the people in person.

Advice

I would say to be prepared to learn and be able to adapt on the spot, since you are constantly learning new information on the job.
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Drafting Intern for Power

May 2021 • Overland Park, KS

What I liked

Being able to see my schooling put into real-world application and working on my drafting skills

What I wish was different

I wish it could have been in person to be able to see the company in person

Advice

Always ask questions, even if you think it is too many, it really is not. They love when you ask questions because you are learning new things so they want to know how to help.
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Power Intern

June - August 2020 • Overland Park, KS

What I liked

Gaining the experience and seeing how I could use what I learned in college in the field

What I wish was different

That the internship was in person because reaching other people virtually was difficult, but with the circumstances it was cool that I still got to do the internship

Advice

Even if it is not in your specific field, try it anyways because you never know if you will actually like it and you will still gain experience.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Overland Park, KS

What I liked

I felt at home

What I wish was different

Wish it was in person

Advice

Be eager to learn
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Accounting Intern

May - August 2019 • Overland Park, KS

What I liked

My summer 2019 internship at Black & Veatch was a great experience. From the first day, I had so many people who were willing to help me. I was given 10 separate projects to work on throughout the summer. This allowed me to have my own responsibility and learn a lot. There was never a time where I did not have anything to work on. I had several people who were working with me to give me a wide variety of tasks. There is also a very well developed internship program at Black & Veatch. I met many other interns and spent time with them outside of the company.

What I wish was different

I do not have any recommendations because I was fortunate enough to go through such a great program.

Advice

I would recommend to get the most out of the internship that you can. When you do not have anything to do, ask around if people need help. Go to all of the information meetings. Get involved with the other interns.
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Civil Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Overland Park, KS

What I liked

Working in the site group provided me with an opportunity to work in different areas of civil engineering, while also experiencing what things are like at a large, international engineering firm.

What I wish was different

At times, there were shortages of work for me as an intern, but I had to be persistent and keep asking around to see if other professionals needed my help. That is actually how I got do work on some structural projects, which I wouldn't normally have done while in the site group.

Advice

I would always recommend asking your supervisors, group leaders, or even executives in the company how they got to their current positions and what they have enjoyed most about their careers. It can really open your eyes to the career paths available to you, even within one company.
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Project Controls Intern

May - August 2019 • Overland Park, KS

What I liked

Welcoming team, valuable day to day projects, the cover summer housing and typically put you in nice apartments, given responsibility even as an intern.

What I wish was different

Advice

Take advantage of all the fun intern events and network as much as possible
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Civil Engineering Intern

May 2018 • Phoenix, AZ

What I liked

The work and the work environment

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to learn and grow.
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Substation Engineer

June - September 2018 • Lake Oswego, OR

What I liked

Wonderful company Culture and such a unique experience to connect school to work. Also the schedules was excellent.

What I wish was different

Hard to say, since I haven't been there for very long, but nothing comes to mind right now.

Advice

Take the opportunity if you can, it is a wonderful experience and would (am) gladly going back!
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Mechanical Engineer

July 2017 • Kansas City, MO

What I liked

I like the variety of work offered in the consulting business. Working in water and wastewater provides a sense of fulfillment that I don't I could find in another field.

What I wish was different

Training has been very much "on the job." A more regimented training program would be more effective for this position, and it might have been better to inquire from the start what sort of training would take place.

Advice

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Civil Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Louisville, KY

What I liked

I was able to work on a variety of tasks, such as submittal and RFI review, drawing markups, drafting geotechnical work plans, and drafting contract documents. I was also able to visit the job site and assist with a field geotechnical investigation.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Process Mechanical Engineering Technician

May - August 2018 • Kansas City, MO

What I liked

The whole summer was filled with networking opportunities. It was a great way to learn more about what I'm studying and to see how my studies are applied in the real world.

What I wish was different

Overall the program was great. I wish the interns were all in the same housing.

Advice

My advice would be make sure you take advantage of all the opportunities available to you during the summer. Everyone was more than willing to answer all of my questions, so make sure you ask. They are expecting you to ask questions. The more you ask the better off you will be.
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