Intern Expo 2019

The Second Annual Intern Expo took place on Thursday, July 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the HUB, or Reeves Young training room. The expo is an opportunity for our 19 interns to share their internship experience with both peers and Reeves Young employees. Each intern was stationed at a table along with their presentation board for Reeves Young employees to view the presentation, discuss project(s), and ask questions. This not only allows our interns to reflect on their great accomplishments from the summer, but also serves as a way to assess the overall internship experience for the enhancement of our program.

At Reeves Young, our interns are valuable employees, and we commend them for putting time and hard work into their internships and presentations. After interns were assessed by their colleagues on their content, subject knowledge, communication skills, and creativeness, our three voted winners this year are…

1st Place – Lindsey Adams, Preconstruction

2nd Place – Parker Everson, Marketing

3rd Place – Brendan McCormack, Water Resources

Thank you to our Summer 2019 Interns! We are so incredibly proud of your hard work and accomplishments. If this sounds fun, join us next summer – apply online at https://www.reevesyoung.com/careers/internship/.

Third Annual Intern Outing

On June 21, 2019, all Reeves Young interns and supervisors were invited to attend this year’s Third Annual Intern Outing at Top Golf, a driving range in Alpharetta, Ga.

Upon arrival, employees were greeted and directed through the lobby onto the second level. There, Reeves Young had reserved seven driving lanes and provided complimentary food and drinks for all who attended. The menu included everything from chicken and ribs to mac n’ cheese and biscuits. Of course, cookies were provided at the end of the buffet line too. It was delicious!

After everyone had eaten, the friendly competitions began. Some people focused on technique while others turned their attention toward the far net for distance practice and played games with the accompanied TV screen.

Technique

Although golf looks simple, there are elements of precision and timing that are often overlooked in a swing. Ultimately, the goal of every golfer is to drive distance and accuracy. But, how does one do that? Here are a few things to keep in mind before you head over to the range:

  1. Determine the best grip according to preference
  2. Widen your stance
  3. Practice good posture
  4. Turn your head in the back swing
  5. Keep your left arm straight
  6. Hold your finish
Trevor Flatter, a Preconstruction Intern, drives the golf ball off the platform at Top Golf. Play this video at full-screen. (Video/Emma Toland, EToland@reevesyoung.com)

Overall, fun was had by all, lessons were taught to those less inclined to golf, and it was a beautiful day to celebrate our interns and the relationships we have built together. Our annual Intern Outing was another success and we are already looking forward to next year!

Welcome to the Team, Summer 2019 Interns!

It is officially summer time! For some, this means laying by the pool and reading a good book, but for others, it means gaining life experience and building professional relationships in the workplace.

This group of nineteen individuals have dedicated their summer plans to gaining valuable life experience and building relationships with professionals in the construction industry. They come from all over to do this too – The University of Florida, Purdue University, Clemson University, Auburn University, Kennesaw State University, The University of Georgia, Georgia Southern, local high schools, and more. They will be joining us in the Heavy Civil, Commercial, and Water Resource Business Units as well as in Preconstruction, Human Resources, Accounting, Safety, Marketing, and Business Development.

Meet Some of Our Interns

Brennan Small, Heavy Civil Business Unit

“My responsibilities this summer are to work on pay apps for the City of Atlanta as well as create as-builts for completed projects in the city. I interned with Reeves Young last summer and really enjoyed my time here which is why I chose to come back. I learned a great deal about project management and some of the daily tasks a project manager accomplishes. I came back this summer because I wanted to learn more about the tasks performed as well as continue to grow off of what I learned last year. I also love the atmosphere around the office and am very appreciative of how helpful everyone is.”

Tucker Trapp, Hyatt Place Centennial Olympic Park

“I am in charge of developing meeting minutes, reviewing close-out documentation, coordinating the finishes for the lobby area, and assisting in any other way that I can. I chose Reeves Young because of how they treat their employees. In such a tight-scheduled, business-minded field, it would be easy to disregard your employees and keep your focus on making the extra dollar. However, with RY, Kevin Smith treated me with the utmost respect without even knowing me on the first day. They are also continually doing things for the community, their field workers, and their families. This summer, I hope to gain some valuable experience working with both the office and on site. My hope is that I will be able to split up my time and learn a little bit from each side. Coming off of three office internships, I believe it is important that I spend some time in the field before beginning my career in December!”

Lindsey Adams, Preconstruction

“Precon has a lot of responsibilities, but my main focus is to perform takeoffs and talk to subcontractors about pricing. I chose Reeves Young because I really enjoyed working with them last year in the Project Management Department doing commercial construction. I love how everyone works together here. RY could not accomplish what it has if it did not have such a great team. I also love that the people who work here want to teach and ensure you are not lost along the way. This summer, I hope to learn more about the construction industry in general. I hope that I will get to use what I have learned in school this summer on-the-job and also apply what I learn from this internship to my future classes.”

Parker Everson, Marketing & Business Development  

“As a marketing intern at Reeves Young, I do a lot of market research, assembling hard cover books for bids, and updating the Pipeline, which is an Excel document that organizes all of the potential work for RY. This summer, I hope to determine which area of business I want to study and what major will relate to that when I apply for college next year.”

Aashka Patel, Human Resources

“With my interest in the business-management field, I saw interning at Reeves Young as an amazing opportunity to not only gain experience, but to also see firsthand how a successful company functions. Reeves Young always places high value on their employees and encourages me to learn, grow, and innovate daily. I look forward to understanding the corporate world in a manner that goes beyond the classroom. With college approaching, I hope to strengthen my background in this area, allowing me to excel as a student and a future professional in this industry.”

What Do Some of Those Construction Terms Mean?

Pay app: A pay app outlines all the work completed, materials being used and labor required for specific jobs, and outlines how much each costs. It keeps track of what’s already been paid and what still needs to be paid for. (Source: Brennan Small)

As-built: A drawing created after construction has been completed. These drawings show exactly where everything was constructed, and the purpose of this is to show if there were any changes made to the original plan and where these changes occur. (Source: Brennan Small)

On-Screen Takeoff:  A construction estimating and takeoff solutions software for contractors and construction professionals. The software offers tools for estimating, managing bids, and having project visibility. Both commercial and residential contractors across various types of trades use On-Screen Takeoff for streamlining their construction operations. (Source: https://www.softwareadvice.com/construction/on-center-profile/)

Bluebeam: A software used for converting Microsoft documents and CAD drawings into PDF format. The application caters to professionals in diverse fields, including architecture, engineering, mobility, general contractors, specialty contractors, structural steel, oil and gas, and government services. (Source: https://www.softwareadvice.com/construction/bluebeam-revu-profile/)

Procore: A cloud-based construction management software application that helps firms increase their project efficiency and accountability by providing streamlined project communication and documentation. (Source: https://www.softwareadvice.com/construction/procore-profile/)

What Is It Like to Be an Intern at Reeves Young?

The Reeves Young Internship & Cooperative Education Program was established four years ago and is heavily supported by CEO and President, Eric Young, as well as everyone in and out of the office. The program represents the old and the new, the experienced and the young, those skilled in a trade and those just starting out. It provides a middle ground for fast-paced interns and the construction industry, which requires time for high quality production.

The RY interns stand out in the professional world because we value our employees and give our interns significant responsibilities. Reeves Young runs lean, so interns are given important tasks from the get-go. We ask ourselves, “What do we need done now?” and then divide the work among each department accordingly. We consider our interns to be employees, which comes with higher expectations, but ultimately gives our students the opportunity to see their hard work come to life. We truly value our employees and the hard work they put day in, day out.

“We do not just want our employees to hear about their hard work and the finished projects. We want them to feel like the work they put in is valued and recognized as significant because it is,” shared Morgan Collette, HR Generalist.

Work hard, play harder is not taken lightly around the office and on site. RY hosts 20-25 events every year – including Spring Challenge Field Day, Family Day at Lake Lanier, Holiday Luncheons, and more. Stop by our office and you’ll see our employees decked out in RY swag too – t-shirts, cups, hats, and book bags are in no short supply here.

Sounds great, huh? Join us next summer – apply online at https://www.reevesyoung.com/careers/internship/.