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Barr Engineering Co.

Assessment and Remediation Intern

May - August 2022 • Jefferson City, MO

What I liked

The wide range of project work! And people there really wanted me to succeed.

What I wish was different

Personally I did not get to do as much field work as I would have liked, but that may have been different for other interns.

Advice

Ask questions and reach out to people. Networking within the company is very important.
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Chemical Engineer

August 2019 • Denver, CO

What I liked

Plenty of opportunity to work on a variety of projects. The collaborative environment really feels like it is one of a kind. The variety of projects means you have to creatively solve problems, while working with engineers from different fields. You also have the ability to choose projects that you are passionate about, and they offer plenty of resources to develop new skills.

What I wish was different

The workload can vary, but as long as you are willing to meet deadlines and reach out to new people you can always find work.

Advice

Be willing to reach out to others about opportunities that interest you. Making connections and finding projects you enjoy working on is very important when working here. Don't be afraid to raise any concerns that you may have, as they are willing to work with you to make sure that you have the best possible experience.
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Civil Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

- Gained valuable experience in Civil 3D software - I loved the atmosphere at Barr and how caring everyone was. Every coworker cares about your well-being, work-wise and personally as well. - I enjoyed being able to work on projects that interested me (renewable energy).

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had some more field experience during my internship, but I was at least able to do a week long site visit in Montana.

Advice

My one piece of advice would be to try and gain experience in Civil 3D or Autocad before the internship. I had some experience, but not much, and it made the first couple of weeks fairly difficult in trying to learn it. However, everyone at Barr was extremely helpful in helping me learn it and get comfortable with it.
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Geotechnical Engineering Intern

May - December 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I enjoyed the field work opportunities and the new skills that I learned.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship had been more varied in the field of geotechnical engineering. There are many aspects of this field and it put a heavy emphasis on work in the renewable energy area.

Advice

It's important to be flexible and be a team player when working as a field engineer.
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Geotechnical Engineering Intern

January - August 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

Good opportunity to make money a lot of money from overtime, learn about soil logging, and travel the country while seeing many ranchlands and farm fields.

What I wish was different

1. Not consistently working more than 100 hours per week with no sleep and a ton of stress. Also, your fatigue and stress are not a valid excuse for screwing up. 2. Only doing site investigations for new wind farms despite being told during my interviews that I could work on far more than that 3. The only alternative to working more than 100 hours per week in the field is to enter gINT logs, paste things into spreadsheets, and do other menial QA/QC tasks.

Advice

If you like logging soil, traveling a lot, and can withstand consistently working more than 100 hours per week, this might be the place for you. However, if you hope to do any sort of creative problem-solving in the realm of engineering or anything that is not very repetitive, menial, and stressful in general, this is not the internship, let alone the company for you.
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