College Road Trip All About Finding Interns

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Sundt University Relations Recruiter Michael Morales spent time working as an intern earlier this year to better understand what students do on jobsites.

As Sundt’s University Relations Recruiter, Michael Morales spends several weeks each fall on the road talking with college students who could someday end up working for the company.

Mike Morales photoMichael’s first task is to identify which students would be the good fits for the company as interns. He will visit several campuses between now and November to find students who will work for us at one of our jobsites or offices next summer.

Michael took a few minutes off from packing his bags for the big trip to answer questions about our internship program.

What does Sundt do to recruit college interns?

Sundt targets campuses across the nation that produce students with high potential. My role as the University Relations Recruiter is to attend job fairs, present information sessions on the company, host Q&As and have our college alumni building working relationships with students. Sundt has a great reputation, which is why we average 30-plus interviews at each campus we visit.

How long are the internships?

They typically last 10 to 12 weeks. However, some students have co-ops that last much longer, and we have the ability to keep interns on part time throughout the school year.

What are the most common majors for our interns?

The most common major we see is Construction Management. We have employed interns with all different majors, though, including Civil, Mechanical, Engineering Technology, Mining and even Software Engineering.

What kind of work do interns perform?

It varies. They assist superintendents, work job specifications and drawings, process requests for information/submittals, attend safety inspections, work with Building Information Modeling, etc.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy seeing our interns become full-time employee-owners. Our internship program is a great way to train, mentor and filter our top performers into full-time positions upon graduation. I also enjoy traveling to schools across the U.S. and showing students why Sundt is the company to work for.

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Teamwork Keeps Cal Baptist Tradition Flowing

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Cal Baptist University’s Kugel Fountain is an important part of the student experience at the school.

College campuses thrive on landmarks and traditions. A Sundt team recently helped keep one going at California Baptist University in Riverside.

Already on campus for an events center, we were asked by the university to replace the Kugel Fountain, a floating granite globe sculpture located in the Ronald L. and Jane Dowden Ellis Great Commission Plaza.

The fountain was out of commission and a new globe was being manufactured in Germany. University administration needed a reliable contractor to make sure the fountain remained an important part of student life and we were more than happy to help.

Work included replacement of the globe, colored concrete around the base, the water storage tank and all piping, pumps and filters. Our crews also added the capability to monitor the Kugel remotely.

“Cal Baptist University is an excellent client,” said Project Manager Lars Fredrickson. “They look to Sundt as their trusted advisor.”

Tradition calls for newly enrolled students to touch the Kugel as they begin their studies and again on commencement day. The Kugel plays a similar role for participants in other activities such as International Service Projects. The tradition symbolizes each student’s commitment to live a life of purpose in accordance with his or her spiritual beliefs.

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