I have just completed my third day as a PWD Engineering Intern, and I am thrilled to be working there so far. Yesterday, I was able to walk the wastewater treatment plant with the engineers and a group of Environmental Engineers/Scientists from New York and Philly! We started from the beginning of the plant and went until the end, so we were able to see the drastic improvement in the quality of the water. As I walked with them, I was able to learn a lot just by listening and watching the processes. One thing that stood out to me was that many of the people I was walking with were able to tell what was affecting the water by simply looking at the color of the foam or smelling the water. I hope to be able to gain enough experience to do that when I am fully in the working world.
In addition to the scientific processes of this plant, I am able to develop communication skills and listen to the advice that my supervisors give. I was speaking to two engineers today about how a civil or environmental engineer does not (and can not) pin-point exactly what they are going to do when they graduate. This is both a comforting yet unsure feeling, because it shows me that the world is so broad and I can contribute to it in many different ways, but also that my plans future might very well be altered. I think that it is extremely important to have these kind of conversations with your co-workers as a student, because they are the people who have experience and can give you an idea of what to expect in the working world. I truly love that I am working here, and I also can’t wait for this upcoming three day weekend!