Continued from Last Week
KA’s summer intern program is winding up, but the experience and connections KA interns gain here can give them a head start on a lifetime career. Here are some snapshots of our 2015 interns.
Molly Jutz, project engineer intern
KA office: Minneapolis
Studies: Senior at Iowa State University majoring in Construction Engineering
Project assignment: Lab Building 280 project, working on site
Duties: working on punch lists, RFIs, coordinating two subcontractors as they start their onsite work, and anything my team throws at me.
Takeaway on KA’s work culture? KA cares about their employees and provides a lot of opportunities for learning and advancement. I am also very impressed with how willing everyone is to help you and answer questions. Even though I am an intern, I feel very accepted and appreciated at KA.
KA Mentors: Mark Miller, Ryan Klick, Rody Lageson
Outside interests: I love hockey and baseball and am a diehard MN Wild and MN Twins fan.
Tom Erdmann, project engineer intern
KA office: Wisconsin
Studies: Senior at UW-Madison majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a degree option in Construction Engineering and Management
Project assignments: Cabela’s – Rogers, MN; Cabela’s – Centerville, OH; Cabela’s – Avon, OH; Patterson Dental – Waukesha, WI
Duties: Review submittals, contact subcontractors, perform take-offs, review bid proposals, write scopes of work, help out the team with other duties related to the project.
Mentor: Mike Hinderman
Takeaway on KA culture? Very professional, fun atmosphere that treats employees and other people involved with the construction process with a lot of respect.
David Sand, project engineer intern
KA office: Wisconsin
Studies: Senior in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering Management at UW-Madison
Mentor: Peter Linsmeier
Project assignments: Kenosha, WI Subaru car dealership; Woodbury, NY Cabela’s
Duties: reviewing submittals, processing RFIs, calling contractors for references and bids, doing takeoffs of plans, helping the project managers and engineers whenever I can.
Takeaway on KA culture? KA work culture is great for its employees. Everyone is willing to work hard because they know they are being treated well and fair
Outside interests: sports, specifically soccer and football
Josh Rollins, project engineer intern
KA office: Circle Pines
Studies: Senior at University of Iowa majoring in Civil Engineering
Project assignment: Washington County Public Works North Shop Expansion, 4th Floor of Washington County Government Center
Duties: Doing takeoffs, developing cost history spreadsheets, updating Plangrid, taking progress photos, completing iAudits, checking costs, and scheduling and attending meetings
Mentor: Dustin Phillips
Takeaway on KA culture? The work culture at KA is very positive and productive. Everybody here is really friendly and is always willing to help each other out.
Outside interests: golf, watching the Twins and the Wild, and spending time at my cabin
Madison Sundlof, sustainability intern, Circle Pines
Studies: Senior in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Biology at College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University
Duties: Working closely with the USGBC and focusing on sustainability in the work place
Mentor: Mike Smoczyk
Observations: Construction is one of the best industries to set an example of how to act ethically and environmentally. They are forward thinking in how they treat the earth and are taking positive steps towards a more sustainable future.
Takeaway on KA culture? Everyone seems passionate about what they do and they are genuinely kind people with a good sense of humor.
When your internship is completed, what are your plans? I am planning on going wwoofing (world wide opportunities on organic farms) on the west coast and then returning to finish my final year at college.
Trey Kopacz, project engineer intern
KA office: Minneapolis
Studies: Senior at South Dakota State University
Project assignment: Brookings Hospital
Duties: My largest responsibility has been On Screen Takeoffs. I have also helped with proposals, helping gather bids from subs into bid tabs.
Mentor: James Ericson
Post-internship plans? I will be moving back to Brookings in August to finish school. I will be working part time on the Brookings Hospital expansion and remodeling project. Beyond that, my path is an open book waiting to be written.
Takeaway on KA culture? I am excited to come in to work every day, as I feel like I am a part of a very large family. KA cares about their employees, and it shows! Employees I have had the pleasure to work with take pride in their work in all aspects and are happy to do so.
Eric Quam, project engineer intern
KA office: Circle Pines
Studies: Senior in Construction Management at UW-Stout
Project assignment: Wayzata Elementary School, Sunset Hill Elementary, and Wayzata High School
Duties: My main duty is to ensure that subcontractors are submitting their required submittals, responding to outstanding PCOs, and responding to any questions they may have. Other duties are taking progress photos, punchlist closeout, Cost history reporting at past projects; and coordination efforts at Wayzata New Elementary School
Mentor: Jason Rentmeester
Takeaway on KA culture? KA will give you the tools to be successful, and challenge you to be your best. KA works hard, but they have fun too.
Tyler Ridlon, yard intern
KA office: Bemidji
Duties: My work day consists of cleaning, loading, unloading, delivery of tools and materials to jobsites and other assigned duties. I like that I get to be outside.
Mentor: Fred Graves, Yard Manager
Career goals? I would like to work in construction and perhaps own my own contracting business someday.
Outside interests? I like to hunt, fish, golf, play softball, basketball, and football.
Naimo Abdi, STEP UP- Achieve Intern, Minneapolis
School attending: I will be a senior in high school at Ubah Medical Academy. (It is not a medical school)
Favorite subjects in school? English, Art and Gym.
Duties: Helping people with projects, answering and transferring calls at the front desk and learning about Excel.
Future plans? Thinking about majoring in art at either University of Minnesota or at Augsburg College.
Comments from Naimo’s mentor, Lori Charlesworth:
This is Naimo’s first job! She is a quick learner and seems to pick things up quickly.
Spencer Williams, finance intern
Studies: Senior at Providence College majoring in finance
KA office: KA Realty, Bloomington; and KA headquarters in Minneapolis
Mentors: Greg Nilson, Aaron Groshong
Duties: Downtown I am working with Mr. Greg Nilson on mortgages, underwriting, and financial valuation methods. At the Realty office I work with Mr. Groshong and property managers on lease updates and central filing.
Plans for after the internship? I have one more year of school and upon graduation will be seeking a job in the financial sector, with aspirations of working in wealth management/investment banking.
Haylee Albrecht, accounting intern
Studies: Junior in accounting and management at University of Jamestown in Jamestown, ND
KA office: KA Realty
Mentor: Jason Faith
Duties: Accounts payable and financial reports
Plans after internship? Finish my degree in accounting and management
Takeaway on KA culture? Everyone is always very helpful.