Through our engagement with higher education institutions and other organizations, over the years RJM has developed an internship program that aligns with our values and mission. Not only does this program allow us to provide mentorship and outreach, having young talent here at RJM touches many aspects of our business in positive ways:
- Fosters leadership opportunities with current employees
- Provides assistance during busy summer construction season
- Closes the skills gap for new hires to better prepare them for work after graduation
- Provides an opportunity to share knowledge with the university for curriculum alignment
- Gain fresh perspectives and insight into university construction curriculum and latest technology
- Establishes platform for RJM brand
We attract interns through outreach at career fairs and involvement with numerous industry- and community-based associations. We also encourage our employees to stay connected with their alma mater and to share our intern message whenever possible. We also attract candidates through word-of-mouth from interns who have successfully completed the program.
To be considered for an internship position at RJM, we look for candidates who are eager and willing to learn, are curious about the construction industry as a whole, and who have a track record of involvement in extracurricular activities. Successful candidates demonstrate flexibility, interpersonal skills, a minimum 3.0 GPA with at least two years of coursework completed, along with the commitment to RJM’s DEI policy and goals.
Once accepted into the 12-week program, which typically starts in June of each year, we assign a mentor to each intern. Program goals and metrics are monitored throughout to ensure that progress is on track. Areas covered range from preconstruction and estimating through to project management and job site activities.
A successfully–completed internship program at RJM enhances the intern’s resume and improves future job prospects—not only with RJM—but with other companies. A construction-based internship provides a great starting point for any construction career. Many of our current staff began their construction careers through our internship program, including Senior Estimator Bobby McCulloch, Estimator Matt Manders, Project Managers Ross Babcock, and Curtis Sell, and Project Engineers Marlee Gartner and Bryce Kamenick, to name a few.
This year we will welcome three new interns in June. Watch this space for more details!