Hello everyone! I'm a Junior Civil Engineering major that attends NJIT. I'm commencing the end of my 5th semester in college, and time couldn't be flying faster: the beginning of the semester felt like it happened last week, the end of the semester is in a couple of weeks, and before I know it, i'll be out in the workforce in a little under 2 full years! (That's the goal)
My great group of friends have gained internship experience already, and I'm the one who didn't put the effort in during sophomore year to get one. However, I feel more motivated than ever to work on getting that internship. However, I don't feel confident in my technical background. I had a couple of classes of Civil 3D, Revit, and now VISSIM. Projects were done using these programs and I've got great grades from these courses, but I know these inteoductory courses only scratch the surface of the softwares' full potential. I feel like I don't know these programs well enough to get an internship.
Also, due to my work background, (i'm a manager for a retailer that I worked up to from being a cashier) I haven't been putting enough time into my classes so my GPA is just above a 3.0. It has given me managerial and management experience, as well as social customer experiences, but I don't know if they're good enough.
Are there any general things employers really look for in Civil Engineering students for internship positions? I'm really looking forward to using my free time over the winter break to work on skills to help me prepare me for interviews, and hopefully future internships, but I want to stand out and be an impactful intern.
I hope I was able to get my idea through clearly. Thank you!
Hugo Dos Santos S.M.ASCE
B.S. Civil Engineering, NJIT 2021