Garrett, a civil engineering student from Santa Clara University, worked at Whitson Engineers during the summer of 2008, just after finishing his junior year. After meeting with Rich Weber, a fellow Santa Clara Bronco, at his college career fair, Garrett realized the firm would give him a great chance to learn more about what is involved in the profession and expose him to a real work environment.

Throughout his internship, Garrett gained valuable hands-on experience which would have been difficult to come by at other firms. “I feel that I will be many steps ahead of my fellow classmates once I begin my senior year, especially with regard to AutoCAD. Just being able to understand and experience what civil engineering is all about has helped tremendously.”

Some of his tasks included lot line adjustments for clients, making revisions to plan sets for submittal, and creating hydrologic reports for county projects. He was also able to generate topographic maps using data he collected while working with our survey crew. “It is so fulfilling to see a project come together, from beginning to end, and know that you were a part of it.”

“Everyone at Whitson was great; the small office atmosphere made me feel right at home. What I like most about the office is the personal and professional approach to the work environment. It is also great see projects that better the community I grew up in.”

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