Summer Intern Spotlight

August 4, 2023

BETA was lucky to have several interns working with us these past few months who have each brought diverse backgrounds and unique skillsets to the team. We recently asked them about their experience working at BETA this summer. Here’s what they said:

What was the best part of interning at BETA?

The best part about interning at BETA was getting to work with a wide range of projects and getting a variety of experiences in. I really enjoyed how I was doing something different week-to-week.”

Dylan, University of Massachusetts Amherst (May 2023)
Major: Environmental Science with a concentration in Renewable Energy and Sustainability

My favorite part of the internship was the healthy mix of field and office work. It allowed me to get a better grasp of the projects I was working on, so I was able to learn more about them.”

Billy, Roger Williams University (May 2024)
Major: Civil Engineering

What was your favorite project that you worked on this summer?

My favorite project was a curve signage project because I was involved in every step of the process. I have been taught everything from gathering field data to design work, so I have a depth of knowledge about the whole process instead of being pigeon-holed into one task.”

Rory, University of Connecticut (May 2024)
Major: Environmental Engineering

“My favorite project this summer was a water main replacement job where I met with the town to discuss the design I helped develop. I enjoyed interacting with the client and modeling the design itself. My other favorite project involved analysis of a pilot study and conducting dosage calculations for a PFAS treatment plant. Chemistry has always been a passion of mine, so being able to understand and determine the chemical requirements for a treatment plant was a very cool experience.”

Josh, University of Massachusetts Amherst (May 2024)
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering

How did your BETA internship help prepare you for a career?

This internship has exposed me to asset management, surveying, and other GIS services, but more generally it has exposed me to real-world project management, collaboration with public entities and other parties (such as subcontractors), and details related to the process of project completion. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity because all these experiences will be informative and applicable in my future, no matter what path I take.”

Nick, University of Massachusetts Amherst (May 2026)
Major: Civil Engineering

Interning at BETA helped prepare me for a career by showing me what it’s like to work as a structural engineer. Even though I’ve taken a few structural classes in school, I didn’t know the extent of what I was going to be doing until I got into the office. It has challenged me to learn terminology, lots of CAD, and how the processes of projects go. It has taught me a lot and prepared me for a career in structural engineering, even in a short period of time.”

Kyle, University of Rhode Island (May 2024)
Major: Civil Engineering

What advice would you give to future BETA interns?

My advice would be to try and get involved in various projects. The variety of work will help you illustrate a picture of where your interests lie.”

Maximus, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (May 2023)
Major: Civil Engineering

“Don’t be afraid to reach out to coworkers to seek new opportunities. I am glad I reached out and got to experience some field sites I may not have been able to otherwise.”

Jack, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (May 2024)
Major: Environmental Engineering

BETA Engineer Chris Marshall with LaSalle student Nikos

BETA was also thrilled to welcome two students from LaSalle Academy in Providence this summer to explore a career in engineering. As advocates for fostering a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in high school students, we were happy to answer questions and provide hands-on experience with real-world engineering projects and challenges.

While we’re sad to see our interns and LaSalle students go, we also can’t wait to see what they accomplish in their future careers. A huge “thank you” to our interns for all the hard work and energy they brought to the BETA offices.

Interested in an internship with BETA? Email today.