EDiS Culture

University of Delaware

Delaware Construction Internships: Bryce Greenly’s “Hire a Hen” Experience

By Laura Johnson • February 2, 2024 • LESS THAN 5 MINUTES

Delaware Construction Internships:

A Winter of Learning and Growth at EDiS Company

Delaware Construction Internships are kind of our thing. This winter, we had the opportunity to try something new! EDiS proudly participated in the University of Delaware’s “Hire a Hen” Internship and Job Shadow Program. The program partners with companies who are willing and able to offer a D1 student athlete an internship. Designed to foster mutually beneficial experiences, “Hire a Hen” allows us to contribute to the educational journey of a UD student. We benefit from their fresh perspective and enthusiasm.

Exploring the World of Commercial Construction

Our intern, UD Baseball player Bryce Greenly, started out with an interest in construction. He shadowed our project teams on two commercial construction projects. To quote Bryce – he didn’t think it was possible to learn so much in such a short period of time. While at first, the terms and phrases used seemed like a completely different language, Bryce dedicated himself to learning the new terms and concepts. He researched unknowns on his own time, or kept lists to ask our superintendents and PMs.

Teach, Not Tell: The EDiS Difference

At EDiS, we’ve always believed in “Teach, Not Tell” – a nod to the traditional apprenticeships construction has been based on. We got to see if our culture lived up to our vision with Bryce. Superintendents Brian West, Dave Cass, and Brennan O’Quinn provided not only answers but also immersive learning experiences that brought theoretical concepts to life. While on the Harrington Library site, Brian set Bryce down with the construction drawings and the 3D model in Revizto, and taught him how to read a drawing set. On the East Side Charter School project, Dave and Brennan mixed site walk throughs with on-the-spot quizzes to help Bryce retain and apply knowledge.

Building a Foundation for Future Success

Reflecting on his internship, Bryce spoke well of the depth of hands-on experience he received at EDiS. Spending all of his time on project sites, Bryce felt his internship equipped him with a solid foundation for exploring construction as a future career.

At EDiS, we are committed to building the future of construction in Delaware and beyond. We know meaningful exposure early can helped ignite a passion building what matters. The blend of practical experience and engaging mentors at EDiS Company may have furthered Bryce on his journey.

The success of this winter internship underscores the value of the “Hire a Hen” program and the importance of Delaware construction internships. We can’t wait to do it again!

A Feel Good Closing

For a closing vibe reminiscent of “Some Good News” check out the “Everything a Superintendent Needs to Know Fits on a Note Card.” It was given to Bryce by the incomparable Dave Cass on Bryce’s first day at East Side Charter School. It serves as a great reminder to let priorities drive our work. Even if he does have something against post-it notes.

A card featuring a list of "Everything a Superintendent Needs to Know Fits on a Note Card"