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Arkansas Department of Transportation

Intern

May - August 2021 • Hot Springs National Park, AR

What I liked

The engineers and people above you put a lot of trust in the intern. They provided the intern with a personal work vehicle and provided you with there phone number if you had any questions. I was able to learn a lot more about construction especially for roadways and bridges. I was able to observe new construction of road, bridge and concrete pours, drainage pipe lays, and road re-paving.

What I wish was different

The intern isn't given much to do other than observing the job site. There wasn't a daily schedule with things for the intern to do. It mostly depends on what the construction crew has planned out for the day. Occasionally, the engineers gave you something to do outside of going to the job site. Some days it is very busy; the crew is laying multiple layers of asphalt meaning there is a lot for the intern to observe or do. Other days the crew was just moving earth or the ground was too wet for construction. The job sites I went to were in slower periods with less day-to-day needs.

Advice

Talk to the employers, engineers, and any other employees. The people that work at ArDOT are nice people that are not afraid to give you any wisdom they believe will benefit you.
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Stockroom Attendant

August 2019 • Russellville, AR

What I liked

The hours were quite ideal. Full time 4 10s during the summer, three day weekends, then whatever I could get when classes started. Basically a vacation whenever I wanted (unpaid of course).

What I wish was different

I prefer working on the road or outside, so being stuck in an office is a negative.

Advice

Always do your best.
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Sign Crew Summer Hand

May 2018 • Harrison, AR

What I liked

I enjoyed working with equipment like the bucket truck and jackhammer. It was nice to have a job where I got to travel around and see the country. It kept me active and made me stronger.

What I wish was different

I would've liked to earn my CDL and been able to drive the trucks

Advice

Don't work on the sign crew if you can't lift the jackhammer. We had a guy who couldn't lift it and his usefulness was very limited, but I will say, by the end of the summer he had gotten a lot stronger and was able to do most tasks required.
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Civil Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • West Memphis, AR

What I liked

Freedom. They gave me job plans, a PickUp Truck, and a task once in a while. I would be out the office door within the first 15 minutes of the day headed to the job site. I like how I felt important

What I wish was different

I wish I did a little more office work. Some times it was hard putting in 7am to 4 or 5 pm every day in the summer heat. Plus sometimes (most of the times lol) there was work on Saturdays from about 8am-3pm, but it was not a requirement.. Also, there was not really any engineering going on. I was just an inspector, and anyone smart person could do what I was doing. As an Engineer though, I kinda had to work up the ranks in that office.

Advice

No one really has time to teach you, so don't ask too many question. They will just be annoyed. Do your own research and ask very strategic questions. Once they see you taking initiative to learn the stuff on your own, you can quickly earn the respect of everyone in the office. Then they will be like, 'yo, thats a smart dude.' They then will assign you other cooler tasks. They will also be a lot more forgiving on you during the slow times if you just chill in the office since they know that when work does pick up, you are on top of it!
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Maintenence Aide

May - August 2019 • Searcy, AR

What I liked

The work schedule (40 hrs over four days every week). The pay Most of my coworkers

What I wish was different

Sometimes it felt like we were understaffed and unequipped for what we needed to do.

Advice

Great summer job, you learn alot and help fix roads in your community.
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Summer help for the highway department

May - August 2019 • Batesville, AR

What I liked

I liked all the people I worked with

What I wish was different

I wish it wasn’t so hot

Advice

If you are working on the highway all day in the middle of the summer bring lots of sunscreen.
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Civil Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Camden, AR

What I liked

The variety of responsibilities on the job site. I was given a company vehicle.

What I wish was different

Advice

Do not be afraid to ask questions
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