Featured Student - Calie Ghil, EEE Class of 2015 and HBK Intern
During the summer of 2014 I took the leap into the great unknown- yep, I took an internship on the East Coast. While I was a little apprehensive at first about being away from home and leaving my support group, my fears were soon washed away with the smells of new friendship... and sewer water. Ok, so it wasn't quite what I was expecting out of working for a civil engineering firm, but let me explain. The first few weeks I was put into AutoCAD boot camp, and learned many new things about civil and electrical designs, infrastructure, and how they work together. After I was familiar with my company's inner-workings, they let me go out into the field. For me, this was the most exciting part of the job. Despite waking up at four am, I eagerly learned the ropes on how to use surveying equipment, field verify base maps that I had created in the office on AutoCAD, and check out the inner workings of municipal manholes. This internship allowed me to step out of my comfort zone in so many ways for which I am very grateful. Firstly, HBK Engineering, the company I worked for, had an office in Chicago, my hometown- yet, I picked the one out in Philadelphia and got to explore a city I’ve never seen before. Secondly, I was able to add a completely new skill set to my resume that I wouldn’t have gotten from sitting at home, or working at a retail job. Overall, it was a neat experience, and I still talk to all of the engineers at HBK!