Marie P Louis

Marie P Louis

Civil Engineering Intern
Colorado Department of Transportation
Denver, CO, United States
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Dear Anina,

I strongly recommend that you take at least one class while working as an intern. My suggestion to you is to contact local engineering firms to express your interest in getting an internship/temporary position with them. It would also be great if you consider involvement at local levels of some of the engineering organizations such as, the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Biomedical Engineering Club (BMEC), etc…. Attending their monthly meetings would be a great step because there is a lot of value in attendance and involvement.

Other ways would be to attend Career Fair events that local Engineering schools are hosting each semester. The career fair event is a great opportunity to develop a network of contacts, meet and talk with representatives from a broad spectrum of companies, and learn about potential internship opportunities. I also think that attending one of the below summer engineering programs can also be a great way to explore the engineering field and also again experience.

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) members have put together an internship database for students who would like to get an internship in the transportation field. So, here is the link.

I hope this helps.

Best Wishes,



As far I know, structural engineering is not a physically tasking profession. Engineering careers offer challenging opportunities so I would suggest that you do further research before choosing your area of concentration. I have also interviewed one of my colleagues who is a structural engineer. Please see below a summary of his response.

In my experience (19 years as a structural engineer with consulting companies), most of my time is "office work." This is broken up by occasional (every week or two) "site visits." These can be just to look at a site prior to design, to observe construction in progress, to look at problems or mistakes that occurred during construction, or to do a final review of the completed project.

In any case, physical requirements are minimal. A pencil, a set of plans, a camera, and a tape measure are all I usually take. Ladders and so on that might be required at the site are generally provided by the Contractor, and usually set up by their crew (often this is required by their insurance company).

Hope this helps.
- Jim

Best Wishes,

Hello Aliscia,

My first challenge was that no one in my family had majored in engineering, and I knew from day one that the classes would be challenging. Good thing Mathematics and Physics were my best subjects. Secondly, engineering is a field in which men are dominant. I was aware that going into engineering I would end up more than likely working with guys. So I made up my mind to stay on top of things and not to be intimidated by maleness but maintain the same level a of alertness with them.

Now after reaching the level of schooling I am at, I am determined to keep my focus and face these challenges bravely in order to achieve my dream of becoming a professional engineer and be an active participant in looking for answers to questions that beset the world in my field. I hope I have answered your questions. Feel free to let me know if you have further questions.

Best regards,