This summer Gabrielle Formoso (’16) and I, Rebecca O’Callaghan (’16), had the opportunity to intern at HDR Inc. in White Plains, NY. HDR Inc. is a civil engineering and architectural firm that deals with global projects, one of which being the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The internship was offered exclusively to Kennedy Catholic students and after applying and being interviewed, Gabby and I were thrilled to accept our positions.
Throughout the summer, we worked under the supervision of traffic engineer Einah Pelaez and learned how to work in an office environment. We helped plan the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)’s Technical Conference in July by communicating with sponsors and preparing the necessary materials for the conference. It was a great experience to work with a project team to accomplish a task. The ability to work in conjunction with a group is a necessity within any field, especially engineering. While preparing the ITE Conference and working on other projects, we became acquainted with engineering work as well as general office skills.
It was inspiring to be around so many engineers because Gabby and I had never been in that type of environment. Just by spending time around successful engineers, we attained information about different engineering paths and majors and were also exposed to a closer look into engineering careers after college. The professional engineers and fellow interns in the office were very supportive and accepting throughout our time there and helped us quickly get familiar with office life. In fact, Kennedy has a large alumni base at HDR Inc. including Joseph Rock (’09) and college interns Kate Bento (’13) and Andrew DeMarco (’14). It was exciting for Gabby and me to be a part of the HDR/Kennedy family.
Our internships with HDR Inc. enriched our summer and provided us with an unparalleled experience. We feel so lucky to be a part of such a prominent engineering firm and work under such supportive professional engineers. Gabby and I are truly thankful that both Kennedy and HDR offered us this rare opportunity. Our internships this summer helped confirm our interests in engineering and we are both looking forward to our next experiences with HDR Inc..