While many college students work at summer jobs that will not benefit them in their field of study, 14 students spent this summer at MoDOT's central office getting real-world experience. The interns experienced what it is like to work in the Human Resources, Governmental Relations, Historic Preservation, Geotechnical, Design, Bridge, Traffic, and Maintenance divisions.
These students came to us from a variety of schools including Mizzou, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Central Missouri, Missouri State University, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Linn State Technical College and Westminster College. Their majors range from anthropology and civil engineering to communications and graphic design.
Two of the central office interns had the opportunity to work on an archaeological excavation of a French colonial site under the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis. Others had experiences ranging from designing displays for the Missouri State Fair to being part of an interview panel and assisting with dynamic messaging sign boards around the state.
Here is what some of the central office interns stated as the most interesting thing they have done during their internships.
|Intern Caitlin Smith works on a project for the Maintenance Division.
Rachael Bax: Helping with the entire job fill process including being a part of the interview panel.
Jessica Beckman: Drawing up the I-girders and box beams and calculating the section properties using Excel. The spreadsheet would come up with a quick way to input the dimensions and the spreadsheet would output the section properties.
Caitlin Smith: Getting to work with multiple divisions to design their displays for the Missouri State Fair.
Kayla Henke: Participating in the internship conference with several other MoDOT interns from all over the state. I also really enjoyed going into the field and filming freight moving down the highway.
Grace Gronniger: Spending six weeks in St. Louis working on a French colonial site.
Melody Chester: Working on an archaeological excavation of a French colonial site in St. Louis.
Garrett Hager: Going on the field trips to a bridge being built on the alternate route to Linn, going to the core slab pre-stressed concrete field and visiting DeLong's Steel Factory.
Jeanette Greene: Creating some of the digital message signs that were displayed along Missouri's roadways, and then seeing them as I drove on I-70. Just knowing that others were seeing my signs made me feel as though I was actually making a difference with the work I was doing.