What it is Like to be an Intern at Summit

Tanmay Malpani (Ms. Construction Engineering & Management – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) shares his experience as an Engineering Intern for Summit Design + Build during the summer of 2020.

My enriching internship journey with Summit Design + Build proved to be an extremely valuable experience. During my time at Summit, I worked on the 1400 W. Monroe project, a new seven-story boutique condominium building containing 42, two and three-bedroom units.

It was great to experience the work culture at Summit Design + Build. I was encouraged to speak up and ask questions; Senior Superintendent, Kevin, as well as the Project Manager’s Chris and Andrew, would patiently and thoughtfully explain concepts that I was unfamiliar with. Regular feedback and advice helped me to grow as an individual. I appreciate the team spirit and friendly atmosphere at SDB. Though I was only an intern, I was introduced and included in all team meetings and email exchanges. All the interns bonded well and interacted with the team during intern walk-throughs, Friday get-togethers, etc.

The renovation of 2151 Central Avenue in dowtown St. Petersburg Florida is a great example of how to successfully complete a an adaptive reuse construction project.

Working as a Project Engineer Intern gave me the opportunity to learn something new, improve my technical skills, communication skills, time management, pushed me out of my comfort zone and knowledge area, built up my confidence, and helped me develop long-lasting connections. The company’s COVID-19 conscious policy also made me feel at ease. My initial reluctance was greatly reduced due to the company’s strict adherence to precautionary measures in the office and on the project site.  I am grateful to have interned for a company that ingrains dedication to diversity and inclusion into the company culture.

Huge thanks to Adam Miller Ken Swartz for selecting me, Santiago Martinez & Gopal Pareek for the easy onboarding process, and the entire SDB Team for the invaluable experience this summer. I would also like to thank my mentors Kevin Milenkoff, Andrew Mejia, Christopher Bridgman & Ari Killian for their exceptional guidance, patience, and support.

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