Rising demand for global infrastructure driving demand for skilled engineers, designers and consultants
Black & Veatch is one of the top ranked U.S. companies in providing summer internship opportunities for college students. The ranking results from a study on the number of interns in 2016 by CollegeGrad.com, a leading entry-level job website.
Supporting critical infrastructure projects around the world, approximately 150 interns are working this year in locations across Black & Veatch’s U.S. operations. Most are majoring in mechanical, electrical, chemical and civil engineering as well as design and drafting.
“To prepare young professionals to meet the complex needs of clients across our business lines, we focus the intern program on delivering an immersive work experience and on the job training,” said Lori Kelleher, Chief Human Resources Officer of Black & Veatch.
“The internship program continues to play a vital role in expanding our workforce of exceptionally capable and highly trained professionals.”
Lori Kelleher, Chief Human Resources Officer of Black & Veatch
Each intern is assigned a company professional who provides mentorship in their field of study and its application to Black & Veatch projects. This includes learning the company’s business processes and systems as well as an opportunity to interact with other interns and professionals in different disciplines.
Personal growth and skills training are also a core focus of the program, including the development of listening and presentation skills. As part of the program, interns make presentations to their department leadership at the end of the 11-week program about the contributions they have made to the company’s business efforts.
Interns also meet with senior leaders of the company’s energy, water and telecommunications operations to learn about Black & Veatch’s overall business scope. In addition, many interns will visit client project sites to gain insights on infrastructure solutions the company delivers.
“We encourage our interns to take advantage of volunteer opportunities with organizations such as Christmas in October and Harvesters to further enhance their experience,” said Kelleher. “Service in supporting community betterment programs where we live and work is highly valued.”
Of the 150 U.S. interns at Black & Veatch this summer, approximately 30 have been part of the program in previous years. The interns are located in 27 company work locations across the country.
- Students from 44 universities are participating this summer. A majority of U.S. interns come from the Missouri University of Science and Technology; University of Missouri at Kansas City; University of Kansas; University of Central Missouri; University of Arkansas; Clemson University; University of Michigan; and the University of Missouri at Columbia.
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