In January, six University of Texas freshman and sophomores visited a construction site for the first time. Some students visited our Texas Medical Center TMC3 project, a new campus being constructed to weave together research buildings, healthcare institutions, a hotel, conference center, and retail space connected with green spaces that create a unique, first of its kind multi-use space.
Another team visited our Texas Department of Transportation, Stassney Campus project, a new administrative campus that consists of a five-story office building and adjoining six-level parking garage, a 74,000 SF research laboratory building, a 148,000 SF road sign print shop and warehouse building, and a central plant to support the campus.
The students’ day consisted of walking the project sites, participating in a cross-functional employee panel, networking, and discussions about next steps for working in the industry. The following statements were provided by students who were inspired by the experience:
“I learned what [construction project managers] do throughout the day. I learned how each field interacts with the other. [The externship] encouraged my decision to pursue project management. I will apply all the acronyms and foundations for building and cement laying in the classroom.”
“I learned about how important core values are to Vaughn Construction employees. I also learned about how applicable everything I learn in college is. Furthermore, I learned the importance of building relationships and that being part of a construction firm is fast-paced and constantly changing.”
“I was able to learn about the complex drainage systems of this project. I see myself working in the construction business in the future more than before. I believe [the externship] is perfectly set up.”
“I can see what I learn be used in the real world.”