85 Students Get Hands-On Experience During Summer Internship Program

This summer, Benesch is proud to have had 85 students join our 2023 internship program. For the past few months, our offices have welcomed students from schools across the country as they take part in a nine-week summer program aimed at facilitating personal and professional growth.  

Interns were integrated into the company—working on projects, interfacing with leadership and learning valuable skills. Over the course of the summer, they had the opportunity to get hands-on work experience both in the office and out in the field.

For rising senior Zachary Bogle, the program allowed him to spend his summer out in the field learning all the constructability aspects and structural design components going into the completion of the 38th Ave. overpass, a part of the E-470 expansion project near Denver International Airport.

“I’ve helped our CM team out on the project with rebar inspections, rebar calcs, and a small amount of BlueBeam Revu here and there,” said Zach. “As the internship wraps up, I am looking forward to doing some design work as well!”

Zach’s experience will prove valuable when he returns to the Colorado School of Mines this fall to continue working towards his master’s degree in Structural Engineering. In addition to learning to read and interpret a complete set of project plans, Zach found his field experience invaluable. 

“I think my field experience at Benesch will make me a better structural designer in the long run,” said Zach. “Some of what I learned at E-470 were things I would have never thought of sitting behind a computer. Those details are what will make a night-and-day difference for the people who are out there building the structures.”

In Lincoln, Nebraska, Kiley Pham, a civil engineering student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been working with our aviation team both in the office and out on site.

“This summer, I’ve been able to work with the team in our Lincoln office and visit our project site in Kearney, Nebraska,” said Kiley. “Getting to see designs come to life on site has been one of the best parts of my internship.”

On the other side of the country, Elena Zandier, a civil engineering student at Youngstown State University, has had the opportunity to explore several different disciplines – structural/bridge design, roadway design and bridge inspection – while working in Benesch’s Pittsburgh office.  

“I am still undecided on the path I want to take with civil engineering and the exposure I had this summer working with Benesch has helped me immensely to begin forming an idea of the discipline I would like to pursue,” said Elena. “Hearing from a variety of professionals within the company and seeing what kind of work they do has been incredibly valuable.”

The program will conclude next week with the interns presenting their final action learning projects to the Benesch leadership team. Following the successful completion of their internship, students are encouraged to apply for Benesch’s Student Intern Scholarship. Winners will be announced in the coming weeks. Follow Benesch on LinkedIn for continued updates on the program and related news.