Intern Reflection: Meaningful Opportunities


During my internship at Hourigan, I worked on the Center of Developing Entrepreneurs (CODE) project in Charlottesville, VA and spent time with the preconstruction team. One of my favorite aspects about working on CODE was being able to observe the project’s progress from the very beginning, which included demolition, mass excavation, and an earth retention system. The earth retention system construction was especially interesting to watch because not only did it take an extreme amount of engineering, but it included a secant pile wall, which was unique in the history of Hourigan.

Additionally, the project team in Charlottesville was amazing to work with and always made me feel welcome and at home. I was tasked with important assignments that were meaningful to the project, such as submitting RFIs (Requests for Information) and Submittals and ensuring the surrounding environment around the jobsite was ADA compliant.

While working with the preconstruction team, I was given the chance to assume a different role at Hourigan. I worked with subcontracts, takeoff, and the initial phases of the construction process. One of the most enjoyable experiences I had at Hourigan was with this team when I served as a consultant for a prospective job. As an intern, I had the opportunity to brainstorm and engineer an effective plan for the client.

Throughout this experience, I developed many new skills, such as a better understanding of construction language and processes and how to interact and communicate effectively with subcontractors. I would say this internship not only gave me more engineering experience but helped guide me in the direction I want to pursue after I graduate from the University of Virginia. I truly enjoyed my internship at Hourigan as I was always involved and challenged with new tasks and experiences.

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