Resident completes summer engineering internship
Updated: November 12, 2012 6:08AM
Barrington resident John Gage, a first-year civil engineering graduate student at the University of Illinois, returned to classes this fall with a better understanding of professional engineering after a 12-week internship at Greeley and Hansen, a leading firm specializing in practical engineering, architectural and management solutions for complex water, wastewater and infrastructure challenges.
Gage had an opportunity to work on a diverse range of assignments and projects in a variety of areas, including design, feasibility studies, master planning, construction management and more. These real-world situations help sharpen skills in engineering, leadership and business.
Each intern was matched up with a mentor engineer, hand-picked by senior leaders, and works alongside his or her mentor on real projects throughout the summer, said John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.
As part of the internship program, Gage, who spent time abroad in Africa with the civil/water class, participated in Greeley and Hansen’s award-winning Designing Your Future Leadership Conference. The highly interactive, two-day conference held in the company’s headquarters in Chicago focuses specifically on career management and leadership development for future engineers.
The conference showcases several industry experts presenting a wide-range of topics designed to educate engineering students on how to best manage their future careers and take ownership of their career path. Specific training is offered in foundational leadership skills, navigating conflict and change, learning to set goals, and teaching students how to build rewarding, challenging and exciting technical careers.