HOW DID YOU LEARN OF THIS INTERSHIP OPPORTUNITY AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO?
I love answering this question because it truly shows how much the staff at Penn College cares about your success. My first semester of college I had Levon Whitmyer as my professor for Construction Materials & Applications I. That semester also happened to be Whitmyer’s last semester as a professor at Penn College before he changed his career path and became a construction manager for PulteGroup in Austin, Texas. One year later he encouraged me to apply for an internship as a sophomore, and I did. However, I didn't think much of it because I was still learning about the construction industry. Not even four hours after the final interview, I got the job offer as a construction intern and knew I had to take the opportunity. It was a tremendous change, but I am very happy I took that leap of faith because working for PulteGroup was truly life-changing and helped me build confidence in my work. A few months after my internship was over, the vice president of construction told me I was the first sophomore they took a chance on for an internship. Typically, they hire students in their junior year, but they saw potential in me. Hearing him say those words truly meant a lot to me, and when you find a workplace that is uplifting, understanding, and helpful, it is important to treasure it.