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South Dakota Department of Transportation

Transportation Engineer Intern

May - August 2021 • Belle Fourche, SD

What I liked

It was a super educational experience. People were super helpful and nice, and really allowed us to get hands on.

What I wish was different

Normally, interns are put on one project for the whole semester but I got switched around a lot. Would've been nice to have a consistant project so I could learn the process a bit more, but the overall impact of that was minimal. I still learned a lot.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions and always do your best to communicate. It will pay off to let your engineers and technicians know what you are doing and they will be able to effectively communicate back to you.
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Civil Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Yankton, SD

What I liked

My co-workers were great to work with. We still keep in touch and get together for drinks.

What I wish was different

Not having to commute an hour each way.

Advice

Don't be afraid to jump into task you are uncomfortable with. You will learn more and have a better experience if you get out of your comfort zone.
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Senior Intern

May - August 2018 • Winner, SD

What I liked

I loved all of the hands-on experiences. Everyone was so nice and helpful- willing to answer all of my questions. It made me confident in my career choices.

What I wish was different

It was a little too far away from a city, so it was hard to find things to do on the weekends.

Advice

Don't be afraid to move out to the little towns, these are the places you can guarantee mentor- ship. I learned so much from this internship, and I am breezing through Soil Mechanics now because I learned all of these topics on the job.
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