To many, the end of August marks the bittersweet goodbye to summer and the perennial return of Pumpkin Spice everything. It also marks the conclusion of Sam and Katie’s summer internship at Perspectus Architecture. Sam and Katie impressed us all with their hard work and determination. We’ll miss seeing them both every day in the office, but Katie will still be joining us every Friday!
But before they returned to their respective halls of ivy – Sam at Carnegie Mellon and Katie at Kent State – they took some time to share some thoughts on the experiences they had as interns at Perspectus Architecture.
Here’s what they had to say:
Sam – Architectural Intern
Sophomore, Carnegie Mellon University
This internship was my first “work-world” experience. So naturally, I really didn’t know what to expect on my first day. After coming in, introducing myself, and finding out what I would do, I began learning how to use Revit. After gaining a basic understanding, I was able to contribute to projects (such as Paramount Senior Living and Laurel Lake Senior Living). The work was rigorous yet satisfying.
I really appreciated the times I was able to gain first-hand experience of on-site interactions. It allowed me to gain an understanding into the client-contractor-architect relationship.
Over the few months that I interned at Perspectus Architecture, I became more comfortable with myself in the office environment and definitely became better at time management. I got myself on a sleep schedule and actually planned out my weeks in advance so that I would be able to accomplish at-work tasks while having enough time to be a college kid afterwards.
This summer was also my first experience with a daily work commute, so I feel like I’ve gained some important and possibly life-saving insights into the minds of rush hour drivers.
Though I did enjoy my time at Perspectus, I’m immensely excited to return to school and looking forward to applying what I’ve learned to broaden my knowledge of the architectural practice and enhance my education.
I’d like to thank everyone who supplied me with the opportunities to work on projects, were patient enough to mentor me, and encouraged me to struggle through unfamiliar work to involve myself this summer.
Katie – Interior Design Intern
Senior, Kent State University
During my summer internship experience at Perspectus, I was fortunate enough to experience and learn many new things. Throughout the summer I have had the opportunity to work on many projects. I was able to work and assist different architects at the firm on a variety of projects that were all at different stages.
One of the best parts about this experience was that there was never a dull moment or even a ‘typical’ day. There were always new projects or tasks to be tackled. My favorite days were when we had AIA and IDCEC Lunch & Learns. It was always interesting to learn about new products and innovations happening within the industry; and the lunch was always a delicious bonus!
This opportunity has allowed me to meet new people and develop professional skills that will help as I continue my education and professional career.
This summer has given me an insight into the professional world and a sneak-peek into what my career could potentially be like, which is very exciting.
Everyone in the office was extremely welcoming and kind and I am truly grateful for all the people at the firm; especially my mentor – Christina Litchney.