Nathan Sullivan’s internship at VGC involved working for 16 weeks on the East Kent resignalling phase 2 project as a junior quantity surveyor.
Nathan started his paid internship after his first year of studies at Nottingham Trent University, and during the summer of 2014 he negotiated and managed sub contracts, and made sure that all processes and document control were correct. He helped to produce commercial reports and to manage change control documentation.
Nathan said that the internship improved his organisation skills, which will help him in his degree course, as well as his communication skills, particularly when communicating with the client. He has learned new skills and he said his internship was “a great eye-opener into how the industry works”. He added “During my course at university I was unsure whether I would like to pursue a career in quantity surveying. After the experience that VGC has given me, I am 100% sure that I want to continue, and I am now very keen to finish university and begin work.”
Nathan’s supervisor Craig Cronin said: “Taking the leap straight out of university onto a high profile re-signalling project is not the easiest of things to do, but Nathan proved himself to be an important member of the commercial team. He is a very hard-working individual with an excellent ‘can do’ attitude and will be huge asset to any future employer. We hope he comes back to work here after his degree.”
“My time here has honestly been great,” concluded Nathan. “I have learned so much and all the staff at VGC have been so good to me; I could not have felt more welcome here. I am so grateful to VGC for everything they have done for me, and I would thoroughly recommend VGC as a great place to have an internship.”
George Marling spent four weeks as a paid intern working on the East Kent resignalling phase 2 project.
During his placement in his summer break from studies at the University of Leeds, George assisted the quality assurance manager, construction manager and engineers with the creation of test plans and technical queries. He sat in on meetings and was actively involved in producing documents and providing valid information for members of staff.
George was delighted that his paid internship allowed him to see how engineering theory is applied to physical projects on site. He noted how many different parties are involved in the creation of structures, and how many different departments are needed, the interconnection between departments and the essential communication required. “I have very much enjoyed going out on site and seeing how the designs on paper were applied physically to the work place. I was very well looked after at VGC and found all the staff very friendly and helpful. The internship was very good. It provided interesting and well-structured activities consistently, and I was kept busy.”
His internship helped George to think about the different options of full employment or contracting, and he has decided that he wants to become a chartered engineer.
Atkins site manager Chris Chisholm said: “George’s attitude was spot on; he showed keenness and wasn’t afraid to ask questions. He was a good member of the team and would be a great addition to any company in the future.”
Internships allow undergraduates to apply their academic learning to the live workplace, in a very hands-on practical placement. For more information on the East Kent resignalling project, see the project summary web page.