Alten Construction Interns 2021

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July 28, 2021

Alten Construction's 2021 Summer Interns

Every summer, Alten Construction hires a number of college interns to help further their knowledge of the construction industry and offer valuable hands-on experience while assisting with a variety of different projects Alten Construction is currently working on.

This summer, our team had the pleasure of working with a total of nine interns. Continue reading below to learn more about the young talent behind our company!

Alex Domine, a junior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in construction management

Q: What’s been your favorite part of the internship thus far?

A: I have already learned a lot and have met some great people. As this is a public works renovation project, I have been introduced to many new concepts regarding the physical construction itself as well as the communication that is necessary for a successful product. I believe that my exposure in the field has allowed me to better comprehend and apply the information that I have absorbed in my studies.

Q: What do you hope to take away from the internship?

A: I hope to keep absorbing as much information as I can this summer so I am more than confident going into my next year of studies and projects.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of your internship thus far?

A: Though challenging at times, I have been able to understand the processes, such as gathering submittals and sending out RFIs, that I had not fully understood before this internship.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: Project Engineer intern.

Q: What project have you been working on the most?

A: I am currently stationed at the Castro Valley High School site.

Haley Whalen, a senior at California State University, Chico majoring in business administration, marketing and finance

Q: What’s been your favorite part of the internship thus far?

A: My favorite part of working at Alten so far is working with Karin. She has been amazing with introducing me to the world of construction as well as explaining the process of bids to me.

Q: What do you hope to take away from the internship?

A: I aim to take away as much as I can. I especially have learned how important deadlines, organization, and attention to detail are and I hope to carry that into my future career.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of your internship thus far?

A: The most challenging part of my internship was coming in not knowing much about the pre-bid process. There is so much that goes into request for qualification, prequalification, and request for proposals that I would have never known if it was not for this internship!

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: I am an estimating department intern.

Q: What project have you been working on the most?

A: I work with Karin on many of the ongoing projects as well as bids that have not been awarded yet.

Luis Ojeda, a junior at California State University, Chico majoring in construction management

Q: What’s been your favorite part of the internship thus far?

A: Being treated and held accountable like a professional project engineer. I also really enjoy attending and participating in the Owner-Architect-Contractor Meetings.

Q: What do you hope to take away from the internship?

A: Being that this is my first internship, my main goal was to soak up as much knowledge as I possibly could and get a refined understanding of tasks and responsibilities of a general contractor.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of your internship thus far?

A: The most challenging part was moving to the bay area from a small farm town up north. Also, lots of traffic and longer commutes so any new podcast or audiobook recommendations are greatly appreciated!

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: Project Engineer. I manage the as-builts, RFI’s and Submittals, and various other tasks assisting the superintendent and project manager.

Q: What project have you been working on the most?

A: Belvedere-Tiburon Library Renovation, Tiburon, CA.

Ami Mehta, recent graduate of Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo with a degree in architecture and a minor in construction management

Q: What’s been your favorite part of the internship thus far?

A: My favorite part of the internship has been working with my team to solve problems in a creative way. I’m fortunate to be able to bring my knowledge as an architecture graduate to the table.

Q: What do you hope to take away from the internship?

A: From this experience, I hope to take away skills that’ll enable me to enter into the construction management world and a greater knowledge of construction means and methods.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of your internship thus far?

A: The most challenging part of my internship so far has been tracking and coordinating what work needs to be done when and thinking a few weeks ahead. There’s a lot to stay on top of, but I’m learning how to manage it.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: My title is Project Engineer Intern, and I may transition to working as a Project Engineer for Alten upon the end of my internship.

Q: What project have you been working on the most?

A: I’ve been working on a modernization project for Elmer Cave Elementary School in Vallejo, CA.

Ben Gallagher, sophomore at Cal Poly majoring in construction management

Q: What’s been your favorite part of the internship thus far?

A: My favorite part of the internship has been being immersed in a professional environment where I am given the opportunity to take on responsibilities and challenge myself.

Q: What do you hope to take away from the internship?

A: I hope to take away a new level of insight as it relates to how the industry works and what it looks like for a project to be carried out collaboratively.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of your internship thus far?

A: The most challenging part of the internship has been keeping organized with all of the moving parts on my project.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: Project Engineer – Intern.

Q: What project have you been working on the most?

A: Bahia Vista Elementary School.

Adam Stenberg, senior at California State University, Chico majoring in construction management

Q: What’s been your favorite part of the internship thus far?

A. Gaining more knowledge in the field and in the office about different aspects of the project and solving problems as they arise on site. I have enjoyed my time here because of the people I worked with and everything they have taught me.

Q: What do you hope to take away from the internship?

A: I took away a far better understanding of the plans, how to read them, and what they represent in the field. Understanding the details in the plans and specifications is crucial to the project’s success.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of your internship thus far?

A: The most challenging part of the internship for me was relating the structural steel shops plans to the drawings for the project to ensure all dimensions, elevations, and openings are correct and accounted for.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: Project Engineer Intern.

Q: What project have you been working on the most?

A: I have been working at San Rafael High School on the STEAM project performing takeoffs, updating as-builts, and contacting subcontractors.

Jason Javier, junior at Colorado State University majoring in construction management with a minor in business

Q: What’s been your favorite part of the internship thus far?

A: My favorite part about this internship was having Brett Wing, Matt Martin, Thomas Avice, and Noel Stenberg as my role models.

Q: What do you hope to take away from the internship?

A: I hope to take away the experiences I learned about construction management that will be valuable to my future schooling and career.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of your internship thus far?

A: The most challenging part of my internship so far would be remembering all the acronyms used in the drawings.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: My title was project engineer intern.

Q: What project have you been working on the most?

A: I have spent the majority of my internship working at Highland Elementary.

Dilraj Chauhan, senior at California State University, Chico majoring in construction management

Q: What’s been your favorite part of the internship thus far?

A: The on-site experience and seeing the construction experience.

Q: What do you hope to take away from the internship?

A: Construction process knowledge and being able to apply my school education to real life situations.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of your internship thus far?

A: The different types of construction scenarios, and some construction terms.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: Project Engineer Intern.

Q: What project have you been working on the most?

A: Burlingame Intermediate School Modernization / Burlingame Quad & Gym.

Javier Canseco, recent graduate of California State University, Chico with a degree in construction management

Q: What’s been your favorite part of the internship thus far?

A: One of my favorite parts about this internship has been the project with the team I got put on. This massive project has been a great experience and everyone on the team has all been great and I have learned a lot from each of them.

Q: What do you hope to take away from the internship?

A: I hope to soak up as much knowledge as I can, because there is always room to keep learning new things and there is still so much to learn within the construction industry.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of your internship thus far?

A: There hasn’t really been any challenging parts, because the superintendent and project engineer have been by my side making sure I understand everything that I am doing.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: My role as a Project Engineer intern has involved me assisting the superintendent and project engineer on the job with daily tasks that include managing RFIs, IR forms, Submittals, coordinating Sub-Contractor meetings, and staying in contact with all the Subs on the job to make sure there is no delay within the project schedule.

Q: What project have you been working on the most?

A: I have been working on the Berkeley High School Theater renovation.