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Enjoyable summer internship; working on a range of projects with increasing responsibility and experience

5.0 of 5 stars

London | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Its great to be able to put what you learn at university into action in an engineering office and applying your knowledge to create solutions to real life problems.

The people I have met here are amazing and always willing to help you to develop your skills and experiences.

I have been on several site visits where I have been able to see large bridges and components being built which is a really great benefit when it comes to being able to visualise drawings etc.

The social side of work is also brilliant with a large pool of graduates organising different events giving the oportunity to socialise outside of work.

As I have been working here for the past 3 summers I have had a gradual increase of responsibility which is really enjoyable as I have had a broader range of projects to work on as my colleagues are getting used to knowing what I am capable of doing.

Downers

The worst part about the internship is when there is little work to do and having to drag out the work you are currently working on until something new crops up. Either this or there is an idle period with very bitty pieces of work to do.

Another thing is that as an intern I have come in to work on a 40 hr/week contract whereas the rest of the employees in the office are working to the old time of 38 hrs a week which makes a lot of difference when it comes to hours spent in the office.

Advice to Potential Interns

I would advise any future intern to show as much enthusiasm as possible. Get involved in the social aspects of the role as well as the work side because this is when your employers can see that you are a good addition to the team as you can get on well with everyone and you are keen to socialise with everybody.

Tell your supervisor what work you would like to work on and what experience you want because they are more than likely going to be able to accommodate this.

Sample Interview Questions

I did not have an interview for my position.

Advice to Management

It may be a good idea to keep everyone in the office on the same hours per week rather than starting the new recruits on the new contracted hours. This isnt a major issue and within a year or so the hours for the previous employees will increase to match that of the new recruits.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Real Transportation Engineering Design For Dummies. (haha)

4.8 of 5 stars

Portland, OR | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

I highly enjoyed the minor "design" projects that i was given. Although some task were challenging and required an abundance of question, it was a great experience to partake in real life projects and see the many layers behind every task.

Downers

I did not like paying for parking. This doesn't necessarily pertain to the internship, but the experience of the internship within its self surpassed my expectations.

Advice to Potential Interns

Branch out and meet new people. One thing I learned from this experience which I was not expecting dealt that fact that communication, and self motivation are pivotal within this career. Engineering is a profession which is based off of clients. Without clients, or projects, engineers do not have work. Often times through out the internship I heard of points in time where engineers were struggling to find work within their department. But if one is persistent enough and willing to step out of their comfort zone with CH2M Hill being such a HUGE company there is always someone in need of assistance, somewhere.

Sample Interview Questions

Q: What are your greatest strengths?

Q: What is your greatest weakness?

Q: Why you? What separates you from the other thousands of individuals getting this very same degree?

Would You Recommend

Yes

This co-op provided me with many great opportunites, and taught me a lot about what it is like to be a civil engineer.

4.8 of 5 stars

Milwaukee, WI | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Close to where I live at school, flexible hours, extremely helpful employees, valuable experience, good variety of work, increasing responsibility and challenging work as co-op went on,

Downers

Nothing. This company did an excellent job teaching me about the engineering process and giving me the correct training to succeed.

Advice to Potential Interns

They can provide you with many great opportunities to learn and expand you skill set, and can give you more challenging work and responsibility as your internship progresses.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great learning experience

4.9 of 5 stars

Anchorage, AK | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Networking and receiving advice from senior professionals

Downers

Bad coffee at the office.

Advice to Potential Interns

Reach out to different people in other departments, network a lot

Sample Interview Questions

Examples of project experience.

Advice to Management

Get a different coffee vendor. Seriously.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Dream job.

5.0 of 5 stars

San Diego, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The resources for learning, career development, and professional growth.

Downers

The fluorescent lights in the office give me a head ache.

Advice to Potential Interns

Although it is a big firm, the offices feel like a smaller firm because there are so many different expertise. An office of 60-70 people will only have about 10-20 working in your area of expertise, which provides various people and skills to learn from, depending on what you want to gain knowledge and skills in.

Sample Interview Questions

Do you have any experience in designing in AutoCAD for school projects? How about GIS? Any modeling programs such as HEC-RAS or WaterGEMs?



Any research experience? What organizations were you involved in at school?

Advice to Management

N/A.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Networking and carreer development is strongly encouraged, global opurunities .

4.4 of 5 stars

Fresno, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Variety of projects to work on

Downers

Work load can be sparatic

Advice to Potential Interns

It is important to ask questions and talk to staff. This is a great time to network and learn.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Grateful for the opportunity to me immersed in a great office culture, challenging projects, and meaningful work.

4.6 of 5 stars

Anchorage, AK | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Being able to be exposed to so many different departments and really learning something new everyday. I LOVE the office environment it's energetic and the people are wonderful to work with. I was shocked at the opportunity to present to the CEO and leadership panel of CH2M Hill and it was a great experience!

Downers

Honestly, nothing comes to mind. The only difficult part was the onboarding process because they told me they would inform me within a certain timeframe and I didn't hear back until later (I almost accepted another offer since I hadn't heard back).

Advice to Potential Interns

Really do your research on the company beforehand so you know it's a proper fit both ways.

Advice to Management

For the intern presentations that are given through teleconfrence from Denver may be better replaced with live presentations from people in your office. This could be on projects that people are working on at your office so interns are aware of the variety of projects and up to date on them. Also, live presenataion are much more interesting and interactive.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Diversity Squad

4.7 of 5 stars

Sacramento, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The people and the work. The teamwork aspect of the company is amazing. The projects that I was able to work on were very interesting and fairly challenging.

Downers

One of my cowrokers is not a good team player and is very selfish, this makes it hard to produce a solid deliverable. However, I have learned a lot from working with someone who doesn't have the same work ethic and values as I do.

Advice to Potential Interns

Learn everythign you can and never be afraid to ask questions. Go to work every day and produce quality work with respect for everyone who you work with.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Fun Opportunities

4.3 of 5 stars

Fort Wayne, IN | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The people I worked with. They were amazing. They made my job fun and accepted me and made me feel right at home. I loved being able to go onsite and see everything getting built and put together and see the process of the project from the time I got there to the time I left.

Downers

Sometimes I got bored when there wasn't much stuff to do for me, or if it was a rainy day and I was stuck in the office.

Advice to Potential Interns

It's a blast and it's a great opportunity to get the feeling of a real job in the future. And it helps you decide if this certain area is exactly what you want to do the rest of your life.

Sample Interview Questions

Have you had any past construction experience?

Advice to Management

Have more things for the intern to do at slow times possibly.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Engage in technical construction of complex projects.

4.5 of 5 stars

Portland, OR | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Treated as entry level position

Downers

File organization system on computers illogical.

Advice to Potential Interns

Travel required to varying degrees depending on position, be flexible if want to stick around for a long time.

Sample Interview Questions

What first interested you in engineering?

Advice to Management

Make work location clear in early stages of hiring process.

Would You Recommend

Yes

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