One of Civiltec’s core values is to foster talent. Each summer, the firm takes on a number of interns to further this objective while supplementing the team’s increased workload. For Summer 2021, five interns will be supporting the Arizona and California offices!
The Civiltec team is enjoying working with our interns, and we look forward to seeing where their career paths lead them.
James “Jimmy” Brinkman is a rising junior at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio studying Mechanical Engineering. He follows in the footsteps of his older brother, who previously interned at Civiltec. Jimmy’s current projects include drawing parts for a gas line in Civil 3D and working with drone software. He has also worked on plotting pothole data and creating a jurisdictional determination map for a road improvement project. Outside of work, Jimmy is an avid hiker and golfer.
The things I enjoy most about Civiltec are the individuals I have met and the team atmosphere, along with the ability to assist with and learn from a broad range of different projects.
Mary Kayser is a Civil Engineering Major at Northern Arizona University who will begin her senior year this fall. She applied for an internship at Civiltec to gain experience and meet other professionals in the field. Her primary project assignments as a Civiltec intern include the Ramada Tank project in Diamond Valley and Ho Kay Gon Waterline Improvements.
I like interning at Civiltec because it has been a great learning experience for me, and I really like the people I work with. When I am not working, I usually spend my time on photography and making art.
Nick Dusza studies Biosystems Engineering at the University of Arizona with minor studies in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering. This fall, he will begin his senior year while simultaneously working towards a graduate degree in Biosystems Engineering through the university’s accelerated master’s program. Nick is currently working on the hydraulic drainage model for a suburban development in Chino Valley. In his free time, Nick enjoys mountain biking, surfing and playing club soccer.
Something that is often missing in many college courses, especially during the pandemic, is hands-on experience and real-life application. I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to apply much of what I have learned in school on real projects at Civiltec. I have also been learning about the regulations and standards behind engineering design, which are best learned in the field.
Joash Sigamoney recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He is well known in Civiltec’s office as a fitness enthusiast, and earned accolades as the winner of Civiltec’s first March Madness bracket in the spring.
As a Civiltec intern, I really enjoy the variety of tasks that I get to do and working with different supervisors. In the short time I’ve worked here, I’ve done data analysis to assess the demand and consumption of a city, assisted with creating a model of a water district’s water distribution system using InfoWater, applied my technical writing ability to aid in the completion of a Water Master Plan and much more. My favorite thing about working here, though, is that everyone makes it a point to remember you. When I walk into the office, even though I’m just an intern, the staff have made it a point to know my name, which has made me feel a sense of belonging, something I never felt working anywhere else.
Miranda Hawes returns to Civiltec as an intern for the second year in a row, having first participated in summer of 2020 as a Marketing Intern. She is currently working on analyses of past Civiltec projects, calculating how much time and money went to creating as-build plans for clients. Miranda is a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah majoring in Political Science.
I decided to return to Civiltec this summer because I wanted to gain more insight into the dynamics of a small business, and learn about business development between clients and other competitors in the engineering field. It also helps to create connections and to learn and gain more skills for the future.