Throughout the summer, Alberici’s interns will be blogging about their experiences.
My name is Ryan Bearden and this summer I have the opportunity to intern at the Washington University Medical Center Campus Renewal Project with Alberici. Last summer, I worked as an intern at company headquarters in the estimating department.
I grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb about 10 miles outside of Saint Louis and attended Kirkwood High School. After high school, I moved on to Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. At school, I am double majoring in Architectural and Civil Engineering. I am also a member of the school’s baseball team. Lessons of competitiveness and teamwork learned on the baseball diamond inspired me to look towards the fast paced industry of construction for a career.
In the office last summer I was able to assist the estimating team in multiple ways. I reached out to subcontractors for bids, completed quantity take-offs, and was a part of labor and equipment assignment for several projects. These were only some of the roles I was able to play last summer. The entire experience was eye opening and taught me a tremendous amount about the construction industry and the attitude that it demands. I was able to receive guidance from the estimating staff and always felt comfortable completing my work. My first days in the construction industry showed me how competitive it can be and how important it is to trust and rely on your fellow team members. I loved the entire summer experience, which I why I was excited to return to Alberici for a second summer.