Construction Management University Students Have Many
Opportunities to Seek an Internship, Summer Job, or Co-op with Construction and
Construction Related Industries. From about 1995 to 2008, Construction work was
plentiful across the United States and 4-year degree seeking Construction
Management students had multiple job opportunities for both internships/co-ops
and entry level. While the market is slow but coming back, in the late 1980's students worked hard at getting an internship/co-op or full-time entry
level position. Here are some suggestions to stand out in a crowd: (Internship Listings are Located at the Bottom of this Webpage)
- Use resources to build a great 1-page resume from the first
semester of college and keep it up-to-date every semester. Universities offer
help via the career center or you can find samples online.
- Post your resume on your university career center electronic
resume database and keep it up-to-date every semester. Companies will sometimes call a university to
get access and contact students from this database source.
- Post your resume on all the construction and general job
boards and keep it up-to-date. Once your
resume is posted on all the different free job boards, companies can find you
and you can seek out employment opportunities via these job boards as
well. There are a lot of these out there
some that just specialize in construction and some that are general and some
that are just for specific minority groups.
- Go to all the construction and related industry
websites. Many companies have employment
information on their websites and some specifically address internships and
entry level. You can usually respond to
opportunities or put your resume directly into a company database via the web.
- Be willing to relocate anywhere in the US or the World. You need the work experience and location
should not be a factor.
- Be willing to look at a variety of positions not just a
standard Project Engineer or Assistant Project Manager but all positions as
well as every industry segment from commercial to mechanical to airport to
sales to marine to highway to suppliers to vendors to software to .... well you
get the idea.
- Go old school back to the late 1980's. Remember potential employers want motivated
employees. Take your resume in hand and
drive to actual company offices or jobsites and explain that you need an
internship. Be willing to explain to
smaller companies what exactly an internship is as some have never hired a
student as an intern.
- Think about mailing a resume and cover letter to someone you
know might have a good chance getting you in the company via fedex.
- Be flexible on what you expect for pay as an intern. The overall market is soft today and if you
can afford it, you may offer to work for free if the work experience will be a
great resume builder.
- Contact hundreds of companies when the market is slow and
start early. Finding either an
internship or entry level position can be a full-time job especially in a slow
- Network as much as you can.
Participate as a student in your regional construction association
meetings and join online jobsites where you can network.
- Do a great job in your internship. Be motivated and a self-starter. Your internship company may hire you if they
see the potential. Your internship will
also be a strong addition to your resume.
Employers hire student who have internships in their field over those
who have worked for some general fast food place.
SEE INTERNSHIP LISTINGS BELOW