CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE? WHAT WERE YOUR MAIN TAKEAWAYS?
I’ve been involved with two internships in my time at Penn College – one local and one remote. I worked for a small local architecture firm here in Williamsport for about a year. I was grateful that Penn College gave me the technical skills to keep up with the workload I was given, specifically in terms of the Architectural Technology program. The AT program teaches students how to use the software that’s used every day in the ‘real world’ and from what I gather, it’s rare for undergraduate architecture programs to offer that. I learned so much through that internship, and it honed my skills to be more successful in the classroom.
My remote internship with Phius has also been incredibly valuable. I’ve been able to apply the knowledge I’ve gained at Penn College and the architecture program’s focus on sustainability and building performance gave me the background I needed to land the internship in the first place. The internship gave me a deeper understanding of how design decisions influence the overall performance of buildings. I’m putting all of that new-found knowledge to use in my senior capstone project.