thought he knew what he was going to do with the rest of his life, until he
spent this summer at Hanson.
internship has been enlightening, fulfilling and the best experience of my life,”
said Sean, a Southern Illinois University Carbondale student who was an intern
at Hanson’s Springfield, Illinois, headquarters. “This experience has completely
changed my outlook on what I want to do in the future and shaped my long-term
the internship, I had no real-world electrical design experience and only knew
how to operate one out of the five software applications that I would use on a
weekly basis,” Sean said. But, as the summer progressed, so did his technical
skills. Interns can expand their skills in design software, such as Autodesk’s
AutoCAD, Bentley’s MicroStation and Esri’s ArcGIS.
Sean added that
the technical skills he developed are irreplaceable and can be used in a future
work environment. “I’m taking away so many skills, methods, tips and electrical
concepts that I couldn’t receive anywhere else,” he said.
returned to Hanson’s headquarters for a second summer as an intern this year. “What
brought me back for my second internship was my enjoyment of the variety of
work that the aviation group provided,” she said. Her work ranged from construction
observation to designing airport improvements as well as predesign meetings
with clients and the Illinois Department of Transportation.
has experienced a variety of work as well in her three summers at Hanson’s Jacksonville,
Florida, office. “I’ve learned everything from how to make a pot of coffee … to
how to work in computer programs like MicroStation and ArcGIS,” said Ryen, who admits
that Keurig brewers “were already a thing” when she started drinking coffee. In
addition, she has had the opportunity to work at project sites, assist with and
attend public meetings and collect drone footage.
Not only do
the technical skills the interns learn help them complete their summer projects,
they can be applied to classroom material.
at Hanson last year helped in more ways than I can count toward my academics
this previous year at Bradley (University),” said Hannah, who is pursuing a
degree in civil engineering there. Her hands-on experience at Hanson led her to
better understanding class material and even being an AutoCAD lead for a group
assignment at school.
An unexpected twist
New to the
2019 internship class was having a utilization goal of 62% on work for clients.
“One thing I
didn’t expect this summer was to have a utilization goal. I’m glad I did,
because it kept me on task and shows that Hanson trusts me with their projects
and clients,” Sean said. “It’s a great feeling to know that I am given so much
trust with billable work.”
it was a surprise to interns to have a utilization goal, it wasn’t an issue to
achieve it. Because there was a high volume of projects this summer, many
interns stayed busy this year, whether working in the office or in the
Being part of a team
internship experience wasn’t all about work and gaining technical skills. Students
also developed relationships with their colleagues and fellow interns.
“One of the
things that led me to have an amazing experience this summer was my co-workers,”
Sean said. “I’ve grown to no longer hesitate to seek help when I get stuck. I’m
always looking to expand my knowledge, and I learned something new every day at
“This internship has been enlightening, fulfilling and the best experience of my life.”— Sean Nation, student intern, Springfield, Illinois
Majoring in electrical engineering technology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
both summers, I was treated like a co-worker rather than an intern,” Hannah said.
“At Hanson, I am independent and held accountable to produce quality work
quickly and efficiently.”
favorite thing at Hanson is the people she works with. “They made my first
internship such an incredible experience and were so overwhelmingly welcoming
and helpful,” she said. Her co-workers are the reason why she comes back year
after year. She said she could get engineering experience anywhere else, but it
would not be the same personal experience she gained at Hanson.
Shaping the future
Hanson’s internship program gave her an opportunity to explore the different
subsets of her field. “At the time I applied (for the internship), I had not
yet decided what subset of civil engineering was for me,” she said. After
working at Hanson, she realized that airport work best aligned with her
interests. She is excited to finish her senior year at Bradley and is grateful
for the growth as an engineering student that Hanson has provided.
will obtain a degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida in
December, said her Hanson internship has shaped her future. “It ultimately
helped me decide that transportation would be my focus within civil engineering,
but it also made me feel as though a career in transportation was a real
possibility for me … and I hope to be doing it right here with Hanson!” she
Chris Moore, who is a senior at Illinois State University, will graduate in May 2020. He is pursuing a degree in marketing analytics and integrated marketing communications. He was a second-year marketing and communications intern at Hanson’s Springfield, Illinois, headquarters, and one of 38 students in the 2019 Hanson intern class.