October 13, 2016
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.
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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.
August 25, 2016
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.
August 4, 2016
Sundt’s Class of 2016 has clocked out for the last time. The 64 interns who came to the company for a summer of construction experience have completed their work and headed back to school.
This group of interns came from 25 colleges and universities across the country: Alabama to Cal Poly. They worked on projects in Arizona, Arkansas, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas.
We appreciate all their hard work and look forward to seeing many of them as employee-owners in the future.
Want to get on the intern bus next year? Get in touch with Talent Acquisition & University Relations Specialist Michael Morales at (480) 293-3012.
WORKSITE: Ocotillo Wastewater Reclamation Facility (Chandler, Arizona)
MAJOR: Mining Engineering
SCHOOL: University of Arizona
ANTICIPATED GRADUATION DATE: December 2016
What drew you to Sundt?
A classmate and good friend referred me after she had a very positive and rewarding summer internship. After hearing how highly she regarded the company and her co-workers, I decided to pursue an internship with Sundt for the summer.
What does a typical day at Sundt look like for you?
The benefit of working for Sundt is that there is no “typical day.” The work that goes on is very diverse and my internship has afforded me the opportunity to obtain experience and learn about many different aspects of the work that goes on at a water treatment plant. Some days I start by going out into the field to help stake out points with the layout team while other days I begin in the office where I have the opportunity to learn new and exciting programs that are used by project engineers. Each work day is different from the last, but the one thing that has become “typical” of my work days at Sundt is that I know that each day I am going to learn something useful and new.
What have you learned about the real world of construction that surprised you?
The biggest benefit has been exposure to the real work being done. Prior to my internship, I imagined construction as a predictable and mundane building process. But that could not have been further from the truth! There is so much more going on in the construction field than I had ever realized. During my internship I have gained exposure to the important individual segments of what goes on in construction from day to day, from using surveying equipment to staking out points with the surveyors, coordinating with subcontractors, to being able to help develop recirculation plans in a program I had never even heard of three months prior. Each process is vital to the overall success of any project.
How have you benefited by working with a mentor every day?
My mentors on site were thoughtful and considerate with how they introduced me to the active components of the day-to-day work. Their guidance and instruction have been invaluable to my growth and development, and their constructive support is esteem-building and motivating. My mentors encourage communication and are open and responsive to questions, whether the questions are simple or complex. Their availability and responsiveness enhanced the learning process. The freedom to ask questions created a tremendous and unlimited learning environment.
What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
“Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg
What’s an app you couldn’t live without?
What’s your favorite quote or inspirational saying?
“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” – Sheryl Sandberg
The quote sums up the attitude that I adopted during my internship with Sundt. I have had to step out of my comfort zone from time to time. This quote produces a mindset to always be eager to try new things, and most importantly, to learn and grow as a result!
What advice would you give for future interns at Sundt?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your internship is what you make it, so forge ahead and embrace every opportunity; watch, listen and ask questions. Learning never ends, even when you think you should know it all.