Internship Program

Internship Program

Company Internship Handbook – CM (Printable)

A twelve credit hour internship (equivalent to 480 contact hours of work) is required for all Construction Management students. Internships are approved by the department based on evidence that experiences will be provided in the following areas:

  • Management related experience with a residential / commercial / heavy-highway/industrial construction company.
  • Exposure to supervising or assisting with supervising people in an office or field setting
  • Experience in estimating materials, time, OH&P
  • Experience in scheduling projects / subcontractors
  • Reviewing contract documents (plans-specifications) and communication with the owner or owner reps (architect, engineers)
  • Attend bid openings/negotiations / progress meetings/preconstruction meetings of the company
  • Interact and communicate with subcontractors/material suppliers
  • Have at least one project dealing with safety on the site (e.g. work with OSHA, develop a safety program, conduct a safety audit)
  • No more than 20% of the intern’s time may be devoted to production/labor on the project site

Students complete an internship as either a junior or senior and most select one of the following options:

  1. Summer between junior & senior year
  2. After completing all course work. Most in this situation are seeking a permanent position and the first twelve weeks of employment serve as their internship. May be completed at any time of the year.

Responsibilities of the Employer

  • Interview students interested in internship position.
  • Work with intern to develop a formal training plan.
  • Provide guidance and training.
  • Compete mid-term and final evaluation of the intern.
  • Provide feedback to the Internship Coordinator at the end of the experience (Coordinator will visit site or contact you by phone).

Responsibilities of the Student

  • Complete preliminary paperwork prior to obtaining internship.
  • Apply for an internship as if applying for a job.
  • Develop a training plan outlining activities and goals in measurable objectives.
  • Complete daily journal and submit to Director at the end of each work week.
  • Complete a midterm and final self-evaluation.
  • Prepare a paper summarizing the experience.

Internships Benefit Students, Employers, and the University

The internship experience has proven to have mutual benefit for all parties involved. For the student, it becomes an excellent opportunity for transition from the classroom to the workplace environment. For the employer, it offers the chance to work with persons who have recently been involved in educational experiences and are therefore, eager to learn how to apply their newly acquired knowledge to the workplace. For the university, it offers the chance to make connections with business and industry, thereby offering potential for program development and enhancement.

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