Diane Hammonds, the Branch Manager for Sain’s Louisiana [...]
By Nathan Currie, P.E.
Sain Associates is excited to announce our new student intern! For the past month, we’ve been partnering with Holy Family Cristo Rey High School, a private, Roman Catholic school located in the Ensley neighborhood of Birmingham, AL. The school couples academic rigor and a corporate work-study program (CWSP) to empower students to graduate high school prepared for success in college and in life. As a part of this corporate work-study, the school works to match students with local opportunities that match their career and academic interests. Thus, we have gratefully received our student intern, Melody!
Melody has a strong interest in mechanical engineering, which she developed both by participating in a mechanical engineering course at school as well as through previous experiences helping her cousin, who does residential construction work. Although mechanical engineering and civil engineering do have their differences, Melody eagerly accepted the opportunity to work with Sain as she’s excited to grow her exposure to the engineering process in general. Since she’s been with us, she’s already started to develop an affinity for civil engineering, and we couldn’t be more proud!
Melody works in our office one day per week, and then usually one additional day per month. During her time with us, she handles a lot of administrative tasks such as filing, copying, scanning and typing meeting minutes, but she has also gained exposure to a few of our projects as well. Melody has recently been assisting us with the collection of sidewalk inventory for multiple projects where we are reviewing sidewalks, curb ramps, and other pedestrian elements for ADA compliance. She says that “getting out in the field to observe projects” is one of her favorite parts about her internship thus far. She says she likes that she’s “not just stuck in the back office doing busy work all the time,” and that, “working on the inventory project [mentioned above] feels like more meaningful work.”
As for her plans post-Sain and post-high school, Melody hopes to attend MIT to study mechanical engineering. We genuinely hope that her time at Sain will help to continue to foster her love of engineering and her curiosity about the world around her.
Be sure to stay tuned as we present a follow-up piece at the end of Melody’s internship recapping her experience and her thoughts on Civil Engineering!