Gaining hands-on experience while earning your degree is one of the most effective methods of learning. Vanderbilt School of Engineering offers construction management students a comprehensive internship program to enhance their educational experience and expand their professional resume.
This key element of our construction management graduate degree is a highly-sought after feature for students. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of the Vanderbilt construction management internship program and how it can equip you with a competitive advantage in the field.
Benefit #1: Expert Assistance in Finding an Internship
With the vast number of internship opportunities available in the market, students may find it challenging navigating the process of finding an internship that aligns best with their interests.
Vanderbilt School of Engineering provides students support and guidance throughout their internship process, starting with help finding the right placement for their studies and strengths. There are three key opportunities that help students in this process:
- Career Fairs: During the fall and spring semesters, students have access to three career fairs. These fairs attract approximately 100 prominent companies, providing students with opportunities to network and explore potential placements.
- Expert Faculty: Our faculty is uniquely equipped to help students find and secure quality internships. Professor Sanjiv Gokhale, Director of Graduate Studies in Construction Management, personally discusses internship opportunities with students and connects them with companies and industry professionals in the area. In addition, numerous speakers in relevant fields are regularly brought into classes to lecture on topics and areas of expertise, providing students with regular exposure to top-ranking industry professionals.
- Robust Career Services: Vanderbilt also offers an array of career services that help students navigate the fine details of pursuing an internship. Career services include assisting students with resume writing, conducting mock interviews, access to Handshake and a robust alumni network.
To learn more the construction management program application process and how the internship program can benefit you, download our guide: Earning Your Master’s in Construction Management at Vanderbilt School of Engineering: Internship and Application Guide.
Benefit #2: Flexible Class Schedules and Offerings To Maximize Time For Internship Experience
The construction management program is strategically designed to allow students to participate in an internship during any of the three semesters. Not only can students opt to intern year-round, construction management classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening to maximize students’ ability to engage in an internship during the day.
[H2] Benefit #3: Close Proximity to Nashville — A Booming Hub for Construction Innovation
The city of Nashville is home to a flourishing construction scene. Projects ranging from residential and multi-family homes to high-end luxury apartments and even a new football stadium are all being constructed at a rapid pace.
Nashville has many large companies seeking well-educated interns. A few major companies students currently participate in internships with companies include:
- Cumming Group
- GM (Lithium-ion battery plant)
- Hardaway Construction
- Layton Construction
The Vanderbilt campus is also just a short 10 minute commute to downtown Nashville, making proximity to internships convenient and accessible.
Gain Real-Word Construction Management Experience at Vanderbilt School of Engineering
The Vanderbilt School of Engineering construction management program boasts a 100% career placement, largely thanks to the program’s robust education and emphasis on firsthand experience. Our internship program’s unique benefits aid students in finding job placements best suited to their skills.
To learn more about how to apply to the construction management graduate program and hear first-hand from students about their experience in the internship program, access our new guide: Earning Your Master’s in Construction Management at Vanderbilt School of Engineering: Internship and Application Guide
The construction industry is ever-evolving and needs people passionate about building a better society at the forefront of change. To discover more about the environment of a construction career, access our resource, Is Engineering & Construction a Good Career Path?
If you are interested in pursuing a future in construction management, we invite you to visit our construction management resource page or request more information to learn more about how Vanderbilt School of Engineering will prepare you to lead in the world of construction.
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