Discussion Thread

  • 1.  High School Interns

    Posted 09-01-2023 11:09 AM

    For part of this summer, we had a high school intern in our Civil group at my office. He did a great job, and it was encouraging to see his willingness to learn. Prior to that, we'd had some high school students in the office a couple hours a week for a few weeks or a semester as part of their coursework. We've also had high school classes visit our office to learn about what we do, and a few of us have helped with high school mock interviews.

    Recently, I've had the chance to meet with the career counselors at a couple of the local high schools, and we are going to be starting a more formal high school program for during the school year. 

    Something interesting that one of the counselors mentioned is that in the last few years, college admissions has changed significantly. In an effort to have a more holistic approach to admissions, test scores carry less weight than they used to, and activities like shadowing and externships/internships are more important.

    I'm looking for any input on high school outreach.

    -Have you had high school interns in your office? Do you have any successes or lessons learned to share?

    -Have you done any outreach in the local schools? What did you do, and did you feel it was beneficial?

    To anyone that hasn't looked into outreach opportunities with colleges or pre-college students, I would highly recommend checking it out. The best way to reduce a future industry shortage is to start today.

    Heidi C. Wallace, P.E., M.ASCE
    Tulsa, OK

  • 2.  RE: High School Interns

    Posted 17 days ago

    Its great to hear that you've had positive experiences Heidi. I certainly think that there are a number of upper grade high school students with comparable excel and word skills as some lower grade undergraduate students. I have not had the opportunity to work with or recruit any high school students for an internship myself, but I do believe that we have certain tasks that they could effectively support parts of. 

    Christopher Seigel P.E., M.ASCE
    Civil Engineer