National Intern Day is a day to recognize and celebrate interns – the future leaders of our world. At Mears, we recognize that internships are more than a line item on a resume – it’s an opportunity to gain real life, hands-on experience in the workplace.
Launched in 2017 by WayUp, a career platform for U.S. college students and recent graduates, the goal of the holiday is to “bring attention to the challenges and inequalities that entry-level candidates face in the workforce.” According to Forbes, since its inception National Intern Day been the #1 trending topic worldwide on social media platforms like Twitter, which means it’s definitely an important topic.
Looking to the future is an increasingly important priority for many companies, including Mears. This year we want to highlight a few of our talented and hard-working summer interns. With a variety of different interests, hobbies, and reasons for pursuing their specific career, our interns made their mark on our organization.
Meet our finance intern, Amber Baker. She’s been a part of the Mears intern class since her junior year of high school. Now a junior finance major at The University of Texas at Austin, Amber credits her dad for her desire to pursue a career in finance. He is also a UT alumnus and inspired her to attend his alma mater. When asked about her experience in her three years interning at Mears, Amber said, “I’ve gotten to do a little bit of everything – payroll, finance and even HR. Interning is a great way to figure out what type of environment you want to work in and explore what you want to do.”
Getting real-world training in your future career while in college is a great advantage in getting ahead in the job market. It can also be an opportunity to participate in new experiences you never even thought possible. Field Engineering intern, Hayden Bivens, can attest to this. “The work is challenging, but the people make it an incredible learning experience. I have enjoyed being able to spend my time out in the field, which means being able to travel to new places,” he shared. Currently enrolled at Texas A&M University as a mechanical engineering major, Hayden is a diligent worker and a motivated problem solver.
Discovering your interests and hobbies early on can sometimes lead you to your future career like it did for our Software Development intern, Tate Ward. Tate, a computer science major at Rice University, discovered his interest in tech in middle school when by gaming on his laptop. When offered computer science courses in high school, he quickly enrolled. Tate’s advice to any future Mears intern is, “Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. Mears has a friendly environment, and everybody is always willing to help you out.”
Internships are a great experience for pre-career professionals but can also be an intimidating experience. We understand that interns are an investment in the future of the energy infrastructure industry, and Mears is proud to provide a friendly and inclusive environment that focuses on training and hands-on experience.
We are thankful for all the hard work our interns put in this summer and are excited to see them grow in their careers.
If you are a student looking for an opportunity to grow in your field, check out our student opportunities.