National Intern Day: Jackson Fritch
WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO WANT TO BECOME AND ENGINEER?
“I was inspired to become an engineer at a young age. Back in elementary, I participated in the LEGO FIRST competition, and high school, I was in the STEM Academy which exposed me to the AE industry for the first time. Ever since then, I have fallen in love with buildings and all that goes into them.”
“My favorite part about the internship at Alvine Engineering is the people that work here and the projects we work on.”
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY?
“The thing I like most about working in this field is the collaboration between numerous companies and professionals all working together for a common goal. It is a cool thing to be a part of.”
What has been your favorite part of your internship at Alvine Engineering?
“My favorite part about the internship at Alvine Engineering is the people that work here and the projects we work on. I feel like Alvine Engineering has such a good culture. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help you learn. Many people here I now consider my friends and we see each other outside of work. We also work on some super cool high-rise projects with world-renowned architects. It is cool to work on projects that change the city’s skylines.”
What skill sets have you obtained during your internship?
“Through my internship, I have learned both technical and non-technical skills. On the technical side, I have learned how to design numerous mechanical systems and sharpened my Revit modeling skills. On the non-technical side, I have learned how to more effectively communicate with team members internally and externally.”
What advice do you have for other students looking for an internship in the engineering field?
“My biggest piece of advice would be to get to know everyone in the industry; consultants, sales representatives, architects, etc. This industry is smaller than you think, everyone seems to know one another and if you know enough people, they will look out for you and help you get your foot in the door. A great way I was able to do this was to get involved in ASHRAE and go to their events and conferences.”