CH2M HILL Enterprise Summer Intern Program

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4.8 of 5 stars

Real Transportation Engineering Design For Dummies. (haha)
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

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4.9 of 5 stars

Great learning experience
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


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4.8 of 5 stars

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


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5.0 of 5 stars

Dream job.
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


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5.0 of 5 stars

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


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4.6 of 5 stars

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


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4.5 of 5 stars

More than an internship, it's an experience
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

I learned more about the industry this summer. I was mentored by senior engineers to better understand the full scope of the projects I worked on.


Downers

This summer I did not have a fellow intern to work with. Though I made the best of it, I would have enjoyed having a partner as a peer and a resource.


Advice to Potential Interns

Talk to the employees - especially the ones most recently hired. They will only have great things to say about the company. And you'll realize what great people work there.


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4.4 of 5 stars

Networking and carreer development is strongly encouraged, global opurunities .
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.


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4.4 of 5 stars

Transportation, everyone coming together to solve problems of getting from point A to point B.
Anchorage, AK | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Being surrounded by some increadibly intelligent and hard working individuals. The project has been great to work on since this is the first place that allowed me to use some technical skills that were previously learned and put aside and bring those skills back up to surface. I really enjoy challenging myself and I felt as though that was definitely an aspect covered so far. The culture is increadible as well.


Downers

The computer problems were a huge bump in the road when it go in the way of my tasks. I had a lot of problems not having enough memory and having a long delay to get a new computer made.


Advice to Potential Interns

As an intern, make sure that you keep your skills up to date and practice them so you don't have to "create the wheel" again waste valuable internship experience time. The teams here are more than happy and prepared to help you relearn it but you aren't doing yourself any good. The best way to evaluate the organization is to evaluate yourself and see how the organization can work with you.


Advice to Management

It's really been smooth sailing so far. Just keep up the good work, thanks!


Would You Recommend

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4.5 of 5 stars

Internship Allows Inexperienced Engineering Student to Learn How to Learn
Seattle, WA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Lots of coworker support, room for growth and full time employment, access to plentiful training resources, fun coworkers, challenging work, mentoring, recognition of individual accomplishments, good pay and benefits


Downers

I'm not really that interested in roadways, lots of time in front of a computer


Advice to Potential Interns

Get some basic CAD experience before applying to internships. It's an basic place to start that will allow you to jump into the design work a lot faster than if you have to start from the ground up.


Sample Interview Questions

Why do you want this internship?

What would you do if your boss gives you work and someone else tells you to do something else because it's more urgent?

How do the clubs/activities on your resume prepare you for this job?

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?


Advice to Management

A little more inter-disciplinary interaction would be nice.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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