June 4, 2018

Introducing Project Engineer III, Jack Burns

It’s that time of year again where we have the opportunity to host summer internships offering exposure to the commercial construction industry. As an active supporter of strengthening the southeastern Minnesota workforce, Benike Construction offers internship opportunities that expose students to both the office and field sides of commercial construction. The best way to learn about an internship experience is straight from the source. Here is Jack’s recap of his Benike Construction internship experience.

I had my internship with Benike Construction in 2013, the summer before my senior year of college at North Dakota State University. The reason I pursued an internship at Benike Construction is because they are a family owned, self-performing, commercial general contractor.

While working towards my Construction Management Degree, it was important that I gain experience working with a self-performing contractor because it allowed me to understand real applications of labor rates and productivity that I was learning about in school.

My internship experience at Benike Construction provided an opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge during my post-secondary education. I experienced all aspects of the construction process including:

  • Bid preparation and submission.
  • Attending site project meetings.
  • Reviewing invoices.
  • Managing changes to contract documents.

My main task was to ensure all project documents on a large healthcare project were kept up-to-date as changes were made. This may seem like a meager task. However, it was vital to the project to eliminate mistakes that would happen in the field if the project documents were not kept up-to-date. I also made frequent site visits to ensure on-site information was up-to-date.

“From my internship experience I was able to gain a better feel for the day-to-day operations within a commercial construction firm.”

Classroom learning can teach you the basic knowledge of methods and materials, but an internship will give you real world knowledge on how things actually happen. My internship experience was capped off with climbing to the top of a 250-foot-tall tower crane for a bird’s eye view of the project I was working on during the summer.

Benike Construction is a unique company with extraordinary values and culture and I would recommend an internship to any student interested in gaining further knowledge of commercial construction.

Since his internship and graduation, Benike Construction was honored to add Jack to our project management team in 2016 as a Project Engineer III.

We are passionate about workforce development at Benike Construction. If you’re interested in learning more about our internship or career opportunities, please email us at benikebuilt@benike.com for more information.

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