Students at GW are certainly not strangers to getting involved and making changes at the University. But to senior Jason Robertson, who is majoring in civil engineering, the work takes the term “hands-on experience” to a new level. As an intern with Donohoe Construction, Robertson is working with the company on the extensive renovations to the entrance floor of The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library.
Robertson found the internship on GWork, and says that the GW Career Center was helpful in securing the opportunity with Donohoe. Robertson’s motivation for choosing this position was his interest in a career in construction and because he enjoys the process of completing new buildings and additions. According to Robertson, Donohoe’s name in the community also factored into his decision to apply for the internship. “I chose to work for Donohoe because they have a really strong reputation in the region, and I knew that if I worked hard, the learning experience would be extremely beneficial.”
So has the internship been helpful so far? Robertson indicated his placement regularly provides him with skills vital to his future occupation. “While I’ve been with Donohoe, I have learned a lot about the level of coordination that is required to complete a construction project on time and under budget. …Learning how to maintain a high level of coordination will be crucial to a successful career in construction.”
As an integral part of the renovation process, Robertson said that working with Donohoe gave him an alternative view of what other students may consider bothersome: “What a lot of students might consider a nuisance is actually an effort by the University to constantly improve the facilities that are critical to student success. I am confident that when the construction is completed, students will be very satisfied with the changes the University has made.”