Own Your Summer
Here from some of our interns, who are owning their summer!
Site Engineer – Christchurch
“A typical day usually means an early start in the office where I catch up on yesterday’s events on the network, review the quality assurance and costs of the previous day’s work. Every day is different and plans can change suddenly due to external factors such as weather and other incidents. Most days involve communicating with the client, consultant and closely with our own team both in the office and out on site. Reviewing cost and quality are a large part of my role to ensure the contract is meeting its performance requirements. I did both my practical and professional internships at Downer. The best part of my internships was the large variety of work I got to do both on-site and in the office, every day was different. I got to apply the skills and knowledge I had learnt at university to practical applications and later apply what I learnt at Downer to. Downer is full of opportunities to get involved with a large variety of different areas of work and where aren’t always stuck in an office, which is why I decided to join the Graduate programme. My advice to get the most out of your summer is to give everything a go even if you have to jump on a shovel. Ask questions to everyone you meet whether it be managers in the office or the workers out on site as you can learn different things from all of them.
Site Engineer – Auckland
A majority of my work is based on-site managing and working with internal and sub-contractor crews around health and safety, quality assurance and programming. So I’m not always stuck in front of a computer screen. Working with a high-profile client like Auckland Airport has given me a good taste of the importance of our impact on the public and local stake-holders. The skills and experience I picked up from my internship has been invaluable to my work as a graduate. The internship programme is a great opportunity and I would advise any new interns would be to get your hands on as much work in as many different areas as possible! My summer internship was spent in the Wanganui Depot. I had the opportunity to gain experience in a number of different areas from design, estimating, construction management and testing/quality assurance. Every bit of experience you can get really gives you a head-start later on.