March 23, 2017
January 19, 2017
By Michael Morales
Sundt Talent Acquisition & University Relations Specialist
Thousands of construction management students are getting ready for summer internships. Preparing for the summer can bring on nerves, but it can also bring opportunities to showcase your talents and leave a lasting impression that will pay dividends starting your career.
Here are a few thoughts on what could ensure that you have a successful internship whether at Sundt or another general contractor.
Questions, Questions, Questions!
Mentors and supervisors agree that it’s important for interns to ask questions. This is encouraged from Day 1. How else can you continue to learn and grow in the industry? Don’t be afraid to ask. We are there to help, guide, and train you to prepare for a career after graduation.
It’s been said you hire on character and train skill. This could not be more true with our internship program. Maintain a high level of professionalism and respect for your co-workers. Help others and remember safety is our No. 1 priority. Don’t be afraid to speak up!
Little Things Can Be Big
The little things … showing up on time, listening to understand, being positive, being consistent, etc. They create the “big picture.” Don’t be the intern who is unreliable, shows up late, and has a “don’t care” attitude. Practice makes permanent, so if you are not doing these things, now is a great time to start.
I wish everyone a great summer internship. Enjoy the experience, have fun and ask questions.
October 13, 2016
Oregon State University students at last year’s Associated Schools of Construction Conference.
Students, if you haven’t secured your summer internship or full-time offer, it’s time to hustle. With so many construction companies securing talent in the fall, the spring recruiting session is your last opportunity to stand out and land a great internship. Luckily, one of the premier student construction competitions in the U.S., the Associated Schools of Construction Region 6 & 7 student competition, in taking place in Sparks, Nevada from Feb. 8-11.
Here are a few tips to land an internship and keep your networking circle open after graduation courtesy of our University Relations Specialist Michael Morales.
Now would be a great time to start reaching out to your company contacts (and no, not a random LinkedIn invite to the COO or VP). This list should include former interviewers, company recruiters, class presenters, etc. Start with these contacts and find out who will be attending and if you can snag some time with them to discuss your resume after the competition. Find out the companies’ hiring trends and if they are attending the competition to recruit interns, full-time employees or both.
Present with Confidence
Most company representatives will have evaluations for each team member who is presenting. Now even though a few minutes can’t decipher a future construction all-star, it can definitely help companies see who is confident, knowledgeable and excited to be there. Let’s be honest, all students starting their first internship don’t have the technical training/knowledge that you can only obtain from a jobsite. That’s ok; we’re not looking for that yet. We are looking for students who are able to communicate, interact well with teams, listen and have a passion for the industry.
Attend the Job Fair
Your internship is already secured? That’s awesome! But still come to the job fair on Feb. 11 (don’t forget Sundt sponsors the breakfast). This is a great time to network for future internships and/or full time employment with multiple companies. No student has ever had too many networking contacts. Try to make each conversation engaging and time well spent. Set a goal for yourself. It could be to speak with five or 10 companies for 15 minutes each, and meet 10 new contacts. As big as the industry is, we all are only a few connections away.
Plus, you get a lot of cool swag for your trip back to campus.
Good luck to all teams and we’re looking forward to meeting everyone at the competition.
September 15, 2016
Sundt’s college internship program has been named one of the best in the nation by the students themselves.
This year’s Vault.com rankings place us 32nd in the Best Internships category. Other companies in the rankings include Aetna, AFLAC, Boeing, Capital One, ConAgra Foods, Home Depot and Kohl’s.
“An internship is essential to college students looking to advance their careers in a chosen industry,” said Vault.com Vice President of Marketing Tara McCaffrey. “Companies are looking to recruit top talent before they graduate college and are using internships as the best way to assess potential employees. At the same time, college students view internships as the best way to test drive their chosen career path. These rankings offer students an opportunity to determine which companies are the best fit for their career goals.”
Vault surveyed more than 11,000 interns from 600 companies to establish its rankings. Students were asked to visit vault.com and answer a few questions about their experience as interns. On a scale of 1-10, we finished with a 9.123 average from 31 interns who completed our program. This was the first year we participated in the program.
“This recognition is a testament to the quality of our program and our ability to bring the best construction talent to Sundt,” said Sundt University Relations Specialist Michael Morales. “Our employee-owners recognize that these students are the future leaders of our company. We take great pride in developing essential skills they need in order to work in the industry.”
Vault is the most comprehensive resource for employer, university and internship program rankings, ratings and insight. Its rankings and reviews are sourced from directed surveys of professionals and students, and evaluate companies, schools, and internships in terms of prestige, best place to work, diversity, quality of life, compensation and other categories.
Click here for more information on internships with Sundt.
September 9, 2016
As one of the largest employee-owned general contractors in the country, Sundt has a workforce with more incentive for the company to succeed.
All our employees are also owners of the company, thanks to our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). A large portion of our profits go into the ESOP, forming a solid foundation for employee-owners to enjoy in retirement. Our employee-owners have a feeling of greater control over their futures knowing that decisions they make have a direct impact on their retirement savings.
Our clients benefit from our employee-ownership culture as well. When everyone thinks and acts like an owner, people feel a greater sense of pride and responsibility, providing better service and results to clients. Our company has operated under an employee ownership structure since 1984.
Sundt is the fifth-largest employee-owned construction company in the U.S. this year, according to the National Center for Employee Ownership’s list of 100 largest employee-owned companies in the country. For the second consecutive year, we finished as Arizona’s largest employee-owned company of any type.
To be on the list, companies must be at least 50 percent owned by an ESOP or other qualified plan or by one or more other kinds of plans in which at least 50 percent of full-time employees are eligible to participate. In 2016, the nation’s top 100 employee-owned companies employ more than 619,000 people.
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.
Michael’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.