The Discover Program
In any workplace, multi-dimensional problem-solving and thinking are critical. Today, employees favor potential employees who emulate those traits and bring relevant internship experience to the table. Internships are invaluable, especially for college students and graduates.
An internship brings an abstract theory that is presented and discussed in the classroom to life. And even more than that, it’s discovering what it’s really like to work somewhere. With recruiters from every company seeking out the top candidates, it can be a challenge to attract top talent.
The Discover Program Obernel challenges potential interns to come find out the real deal. Only they can decide if what we’re telling them at career fairs and interviews matches up with our actual company, actual opportunities, and actual culture. We want our interns to discover what it’s like to put out some of the most innovative engineering and construction projects in our region. We want them to discover what it means to be a part of a company who cares.
One intern who took the challenge this past summer was Angela Freeland. Angela is pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree at Dunwoody College. She will graduate with the inaugural class of mechanical engineers in 2020. While at Obernel, she worked as an Engineering Intern.
Projects Worked On
The first project Angela was tasked with was reading Building Environments: HVAC Systems. Angela reflected on the book by saying, “As an intern, this was the most direct way for me to gain a large overview of HVAC systems.” Once that project was completed, Angela was ready to dive into hands-on learning while being guided by the Obernel team in Minneapolis. She worked with Revit and AutoCAD for most of the summer while completing assignments for various projects. Angela also had the opportunity to learn TRACE and complete load calculations.
Valuable Lessons Learned
Angela’s internship experience was a huge learning and growing opportunity. She explains, “My knowledge for the HVAC industry has been expanded immensely, and that is a huge takeaway for me.” She also experienced professional development while working on project teams and communicating with co-workers.
Freeland stated, “Over the summer, I was able to assist on many projects as needed. As this is my first engineering internship, the first half of the summer was spent learning the ropes. From what I’ve learned these last few months, I am now able to reliably complete tasks and be a part of the team.”
Leaving an Impact
Angela has left a positive impact on our clients and those she worked with. She hopes to make a bigger impact as she continues her internship into the fall semester.
Comments on Angela from her Mentor:
“I couldn’t be more pleased with Angela’s performance this past summer. She came to work every day with a great attitude and an eagerness to learn new things. She fit incredibly well with her teammates and our culture; it was difficult to keep up with all the inside jokes Angela and her teammates quickly developed. She was a great addition to our team, and I’m certain that she will have a bright future.” – Paul Nelson