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City of Minneapolis - Public Works

Land Survey Intern

May - August 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

Working directly under the Survey Crew chiefs who had 10+ years of experience was extremely helpful and interesting. They knew that this internship was a learning experience, and made sure that I learned how to do something new every single day. I even learned techniques that didn't require the robotic survey equipment that tested my critical thinking and required me to always be on my toes.

What I wish was different

Working for the city government is slower-paced. I wish I could've been involved with more projects, rather than the limited amount of projects I was assigned to.

Advice

Make friends with your coworkers and other interns -- it makes the slow, rainy days a lot more enjoyable. Also, get out of your comfort zone and make sure you try every aspect of this internship; you can really learn a lot!
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Survey Intern

May - August 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

A variety of projects and responsibilities. Lots of hands on learning time spent in the field. Good opportunities to network within the various Public Works departments.

What I wish was different

I wish I had taken more advantage of the opportunities to talk to Professionals within my field given the depth and extensive experience that the Public Works has to offer.

Advice

Be eager to learn and challenge yourself to understand the scope of the whole project even outside your role. Ask questions and meet people.
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Engineering Lab Intern

May - August 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I liked the field work that I did. I also enjoyed that Monique put together field trip opportunities so it was easy to learn all about the opportunities at Public Works. My coworkers we really nice and that made it fun to come to work. I had a lot of individual responsibilities and the interns in the lab ended up doing the same work as the full time employees. I learned a lot about road construction and the City of Minneapolis. This was a really amazing experience and I would highly recommend working here.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Transportation engineering and design

May - August 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

take pictures as the project progresses, and don't hesitate to ask questions.
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Recycling Outreach Intern

June - August 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I liked the variety of work and research I was able to see on the field. The communication skills and events with the community made me feel more connected to the city.

What I wish was different

I wouldn't change anything.

Advice

Be open to opportunities and jobs outside of your major. I was able to apply my major to an environmental job and bring a new perspective to the workplace. It is ok to not be on the " traditional" path for your major.
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Public Works Student Intern

June 2018 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I liked the opportunities and the relationships that I gained while being an intern there.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been with the Surface Water and Sewes Dept. more as that is what I went to school for this past year. It would have been directly related to my past schoolwork.

Advice

Don't be afraid to make your voice heard and feel free to give your opinion on a subject matter. Just because you're an intern doesn't mean you have to always have to give "yes" as your answer.
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