CLAYCO INTERNSHIP PROGRAM EXCELS AT INCLUDING LOCAL STUDENTS
Clayco’s internship program garners recognition for its support of local students gaining first-hand experience on real jobsites.
Pennsylvania State University senior and Civil Engineering major, Robby Smith, has been a Project Engineer Intern with Clayco since joining the team in the summer of 2015. When plans were announced that two new residential halls would be built, as well as a complete renovation to the entire East Residential Halls dormitories at Penn State, Clayco gave Robby the unique opportunity to leave a lasting impact on his soon-to-be alma mater.
“We have always felt that having a local presence on each jobsite is beneficial to the outcome of each project,” said Robert G. Clark, Chairman and CEO of Clayco. “By getting that next generation of engineers involved in projects that are especially important to them, we are able to capitalize on the internship experience and showcase what puts Clayco above the rest.”
Robby himself was responsible for creating two life-sized mock-up dormitory rooms, one for each building, that represented a typical room’s final condition. He also acted as the direct liaison between school officials, as well as all the different architects and Clayco team members.
This meant coordinating tasks for lighting fixtures and outlets, tracking down jobsite materials and other various procurement. Robby’s job of communicating the architects’ requirements to the different subcontractors on the jobsite proved critical in accelerating the project to meet the desired deadline.
“The amount of passion and ambition you see in this kid cannot be said about most his age,” said Mike Stauss, lead Project Manager of the jobsite. “He just understands what needs to be done and how to do it beyond even our expectations.”
Robby’s job of communicating the architects’ requirements to the different subcontractors on the jobsite proved critical in accelerating the project to meet the desired deadline. He will be joining Clayco full-time upon his graduation in May, where he will continue working on the various Penn State projects as a project engineer.