Construction Internship Tips

Construction internships cover a wide range of roles in the construction industry. These positions are designed for graduates, and involve practical work at that level in the roles. Internships are essentially supervised training positions, but also involve real professional work, sometimes with major projects.

The importance of the construction internships is that they also cover specialized areas in construction. Getting started in the construction industry isn't always easy at entry level. The industry requires experienced staff, and these internships provide vital experience which may not otherwise be available in some areas.

Finding a construction internship

Construction internships are widely advertised, but the problem is finding the internship you need. Some internships are essentially summer internships, or shorter work periods. These do provide useful experience, but not necessarily the sort of intensive career experience required in some fields.

Getting your internship

The ratio of suitable internships to applicants means that all construction internships are highly competitive. It's worth your while to plan your strategy in advance, and make inquiries with your preferred internship providers well before you apply. Find out what's available, their procedures, and their requirements, so you are fully prepared.

This is particularly important where you're trying to get legal, project management, or engineering internships, where availability is entirely subject to the needs of the employers. If you miss an opportunity, it may be a while before another comes up. Preparing yourself in advance makes sure you get everything right.

Interview preparation and questions

It's important to recognize that all other interviewees will be highly motivated and fully qualified. Successful applicants will need to give an excellent interview performance.

Interview questions, because of the often technical nature of the jobs, must cover the entire gamut of the job's role. Interview preparation will require thorough revision of your skills and requires detailed research of the internship requirements. These are the primary areas for interview preparation:

  • Knowledge base

  • Problem solving skills and experience

  • Communications

  • Motivation

  • Team and interpersonal skills

For example, a project manager internship involves questions related to:

  • Knowledge base: Business administration and management, supervisory role issues, special issues related to the project.

  • Skills and experience: Relevant skills, qualifications, prior project work, examples of situations in which these skills have been used.

  • Problem solving: Problem solving in the context of project work. Examples should contain appropriate levels of difficulty which prove your capacity to deal with problem solving in the internship.

  • Communications: Management level communications, examples and relevant situations.

  • Motivation: This area relates to your "fit" for the position. Your answers need to show both your own clear motivational commitment and your ability to motivate others.

  • Team and interpersonal skills: These are part of the job's essential criteria. Select examples which relate closely to the job role, drawing clear parallels with the internship.