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PAugust 2, 2018

EDiS Intern Experience: 6 Things You Have to Do While Interning with Contracting

My work space!

The contracting department is a safe and comfortable place to have your start at EDiS: you meet great people, and you also get an exclusive “behind the scenes” look at the complex process behind a construction project. Here are 6 “tricks of the trade” that I learned while I worked for contracts this summer:

General Tips:

  1. Even if you aren’t currently assigned to something, do something! Whether it be staying up to date with emails or tidying up your office space, be productive. Doing the small things can save you time in the long run when you are swamped with work, so don’t ever let yourself get bored!
  2. Embrace the “tedious” work. If you are in contracting, you will probably end up doing a lot of scanning and printing. Make the printer your best friend. Doing a seemingly monotonous task like scanning can actually make your day fly by. When in doubt, just remember that your efforts are helping the people around you to get their projects done quicker and more efficiently.
  3. Make your space exactly that: your space! Whether it be decorating the sides of your cubicle, displaying pictures on your desk, or writing inspirational “quotes of the day” on a whiteboard by your computer, do something with the space you are given. Creating a setting that you are comfortable with can enhance your productivity and improve your overall working experience.

Places to Know:

  1. 3rd Floor Copy Room: This copy room is located, you guessed it, on the 3rd floor! When you get off the elevator, you can either go into the left entrance into estimating and look for the room on the right, or you can make a right and find the room on your left. This room is where all blueprint scanning is done.
  2. 4th Floor Copy Room: Once you pass the 4th floor lobby and enter the work area, make a left and you will see the room on the left. This copy room contains the printing supplies and is used for regular scanning.
  3. *MOST IMPORTANT* 4th Floor Kitchen: Once you are past the lobby on the fourth floor, make a right. Then, keep walking and make a left once you reach the wall. The kitchen should be on your right. This is where you can “refuel” throughout the day with coffee and occasional snacks. It is also a hub where co-workers make water tank jokes. (That doesn’t actually happen, but for the sake of comedy, let’s say it does!)

For future interns: I hope that these tips and tricks will help you survive your internship in the EDiS contracts department. They certainly helped me!

 

By: Laura Grunza

Edited by: Emily Paolucci

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