The Value of an Internship
Name: Jacob Asgain
Hometown: Smithville, MO, but Portland, Oregon if we’re being technical…
Major: Civil Engineering
Clubs: ASCE, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon
Favorite class: Construction Management
Favorite place to study: The conference/study rooms by the CME faculty offices
Why you chose UMKC: UMKC is close to home, not expensive, and it has a great Civil Engineering program.
Coming by my first internship was not as easy of a task as I would’ve expected. Being an honors student, many school related things (like homework and studying) came naturally to me, so when I didn’t get the first internship that I applied for (nor the second, third, and many more) it was a strange feeling. Throughout my freshman and sophomore years while my peers were starting their internships, I was still struggling to find one. It wasn’t until the spring semester of my junior year that I obtained my first internship and started working a relevant job that I would be proud to have on my resume.
My first internship was a desk job working as an engineering technician intern, which is a fancy way of saying “I work in auto-cad all day”. Many people enjoy doing this work and I don’t mean to put it down, but it wasn’t the type of work for me. I took this job so I could get relevant experience on my resume, but I am more thankful that I took it because I learned what I did not want to do in my professional career.
My second internship was as a construction inspection intern. I spent the majority of my time out in the field as opposed to being behind a desk all day. I really enjoyed this internship. It made me want to pursue a career in the construction industry after I graduate.
The experiences I had at these two internships have really guided me in my career search. I know what I do (and do not) enjoy, which makes it much easier to apply for jobs. Had it not been for these internships, I probably would’ve taken the first job I had been offered. Now I know that the job I apply for will be a job that I actually want to do.