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August 17, 2022

Alten Construction Ends Another Successful Summer of Working With Interns

construction interns at Alten Construction

This summer, Alten Construction had the opportunity to work with 10 hard working interns! These talented individuals have a passion for construction, and we wanted to take a moment to share a little more about them. Continue reading below to learn more about the young talent that was behind our company this summer:

Gabriel Esquibel

A senior at California State University, Chico majoring in construction management

Q: What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

A: My favorite part of the internship so far is being in the field and performing take-offs.

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

A: One thing I’d hope to take away from the internship is learning more about structural engineering and Mechanical Layouts that are put into the project.

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

A: The most challenging part of the internship is getting used to how fast paced projects can become.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: Project engineer intern

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

A: The project I have been working on the most is the Burlingame Intermediate Gym & Quad.

John McGuire

A senior at Washington State University majoring in construction management

Q: What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

A: My favorite part of the internship so far is learning the different processes from the field side and the office side of a project.

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

A: I hope to take away a better understanding of the many different processes that go into a construction project and carry that knowledge with me through the rest of school and into a professional career.

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

A: The most challenging part of my internship so far has been understanding all of the construction terminology used on a daily basis.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: My role has been Project Engineer Intern.

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

A: I have been working at the San Rafael High School STEAM project

Matthew Miranda

A senior at Ohio State University majoring in construction systems management

Q: What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

A: My favorite part of the internship has been my visit to the NVTA Maintenance Facility to watch the concrete slab pour. It was a neat experience to be able to see how the drawings translate into the field and to look at all of the work that goes into the finished product.

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

A: I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the construction industry that I can pair with the skills and knowledge I’ve gained in school to help prepare me for a career as an estimator or project manager. In my short experience here at Alten, I have already learned a great deal about the preconstruction process and I am looking forward to learning more.

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

A: The most challenging part so far has been performing takeoffs on construction systems that I was unfamiliar with prior to this internship. It has forced me to study the drawings closely and ask questions which has helped to improve my estimating skills and knowledge of different construction methods.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: Estimating intern.

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

A: Lake Elementary School and Longfellow Middle School.

Kyra Bommarito

A junior at California Polytechnic State University majoring in communication studies with a minor in sociology

Q: What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

A: My favorite part of the internship has been observing the “behind the scenes” of a business. Up until now, I’ve never had an office job, therefore it has been a really interesting and unique experience to be able to see how all of the little details must be completed in order for the overall production to operate. I’ve also been working in InDesign a lot, which is an Adobe software for graphic design, and I have enjoyed learning about the graphics and formatting for certain Alten documents. I like to see all the lines and text come together in an aesthetic way, so that software has been fun to navigate and master. These are definitely versatile and useful skills that will follow me in the future.

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

A: This internship has already been such a great learning experience for me. Before going into it, my main goal was to immerse myself in an office/business setting and observe how everyone works together with their specific tasks. So far, I’ve had a front row seat doing so. I’ve learned skills regarding working with other people, paying attention to detail and requests, sharing opinions and compromising, and organization – all credentials that play a role in any business. I’m making the transition from silly summer jobs like swim coaching and babysitting to a mature position that will prepare me for any job in the future and I hope to continue grasping these tips and tricks of working in a business.

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

A: The most challenging part of my internship has been adjusting to the construction related terms and ways of business. This is all new information to me, so I’ve been learning what everything means and how the whole process works.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: Estimating intern.

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

A: I have been helping with miscellaneous bids and marketing tasks. Karin and I mainly work together on the graphics and marketing

Kevin Gann

A senior at California State University, Chico majoring in construction management

Q: What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

A: Finding errors in drawings and resolving them with the architect.

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

A: A better understanding of what a project engineer does and more industry experience.

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

A: Waking up early.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: Project Engineering Intern

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

A: Corte Madera Town Hall

Carson Kalbfleisch

Graduate of California State University, Chico, construction management major

Q: What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

A: My favorite part so far has been in the field watching demolition go on.

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

A: I hope to take away more knowledge, so I am more intelligent in the future.

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

A: Most challenging part is communication and making sure all parties are on the same page.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: Project Engineering Intern

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

A: I have been working on the Lake Elementary replacement project.

Mason Stenberg

A junior at California Polytechnic State University majoring in construction management

Q: What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

A: My favorite part of the internship so far has been having the opportunity to be on an actual jobsite and seeing the constant changes that are made every day.

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

A: From this internship, I hope to take away lots of valuable experience which can then be translated back to what I am learning in the classroom as well as giving me an idea of what I will be doing more of in the future.

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

A: I would say the most challenging part of it so far has been trying to communicate with all our different subcontractors on a daily basis and executing what it takes to fulfill their specific wants/needs.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: My role has been a Project Engineer Intern.

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

A: The Marin Elementary School Design Build project.

Kristina Poliseri

A junior at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo majoring in construction management

Q: What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

A: My favorite part of the internship has been getting to meet the most hardworking and friendly people. Guy and Stacy, my superintendents, and Javier, my PE and mentor, have been nothing but helpful and pushing me to learn as much as I can by giving me numerous of my own responsibilities. It’s great and educational to meet workers from all of our trades as well as seeing how all of our subs’ work ends up coming together.

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

A: I hope to come out of this internship with extensive commercial construction knowledge as well as improved written, verbal, and multitasking/organizational skills.

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

A: The most challenging part has been jumping into the middle of a fast-paced project and keeping up with all of the subcontractor coordination along with finding answers myself and getting questions answered by the architects in a timely manner.

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: I am a project engineer intern.

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

A: I have been working 100% on the Berkeley Community Theater Project.

Kobe Tooch

A senior at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo majoring in construction management

Q: What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

A: So far, my favorite part of the internship so far is having the versatility and freedom to see both the office side of things as well as being able to go out into the field and learn from the foreman how things are being constructed. It’s been nice to create that relationship between the plans and the means and methods of building to help me better understand the construction industry.

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

A: As of right now, the biggest takeaway is learning the coordination side of construction as well as furthering my knowledge with construction specific technologies and applications.

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

A: As for challenges, there haven't been many challenges because the superintendent and project engineer are willing to help and answer any questions making the learning process extremely smooth!

Q: What has your role or title been?

A: My role is project engineer intern.

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

A: I have been working on the Napa Valley Transportation Bus Maintenance Facility.