Mat’s Intern Experience – An Unmatched Opportunity

Hi everyone, my name is Mathew Weber. I am an incoming senior at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, majoring in Construction Management with minors in Land Surveying and Business Administration. This summer is my second interning with Alberici Constructors. Last summer I had the opportunity to work at the Linville Dam Seismic Stabilization project in Morganton, North Carolina. This was my first true taste of large scale construction as the project team and I helped manage a crew of nearly 30 heavy equipment operators. The project was in full swing when I arrived on site and my co-workers made it easy for me to jump right in as a part of the team. I quickly became counted on to assist in numerous areas including surveying, safety, daily reporting, site supervision, and more.

Currently this summer, I am at the SIH Cancer Institute addition. This project is vastly different from Linville as it is just entering into the construction phase. The work to be done is broken up into two additions totaling nearly 20,000 SF, a new employee parking lot, and installation of a new linear accelerator. Interning at this project, I am able to learn about what it takes to get a project off of the ground and running. I have been able to contribute to the submittal process, developing accelerated work shift schedules, and coordinating construction activities within fully operational cancer treatment areas. While these two projects are in two vastly different stages, markets, and contain completely different scopes of work, many of their aspects were nearly identical.

At both Linville Dam and SIH Cancer Institute, I was brought into the project as a full team member, not just another summer intern. I was able to get hands on experience and contribute to the work being performed. I had the chance to ask questions and learn from some of the best professionals in the industry. Overall, my first 1-½ summers with Alberici have given me an unmatched career opportunity. Looking forward, I expect nothing less to finish the second half of my internship this summer!