Industry: Engineering/Energy
Type of Internship: Civil/Environmental Engineering
Student Name: Stephanie Pon
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: Environmental Engineering
Minor: None
Position Title: Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST) Intern
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

As a CREST Intern at VHB, I participated in a rotational program through different departments to learn about what type of work the company does. I attended multiple meetings, from business development to team meetings, and met with numerous people to discuss the projects they're working on. I also assisted with tasks specific to each department and got exposure to the type of work that's done for each project. As part of the CREST program, I attended professional development workshops and networking events focused on the Commercial Real Estate industry.

How did you find this internship?

Through the Tufts Career Center via an ASCE email

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I really enjoyed learning about the different aspects of VHB and also learning about who they are as a company. Through the rotation program, I got to learn about things both within my interests and outside and get exposed to career paths I may not have considered otherwise. I also met so many different people and discovered what they're passionate about.

What do you find challenging?

The biggest challenge is definitely moving around between so many departments and not necessarily working on one main project or having consistent assignments to work on. This has pushed me to speak up and talk with my supervisor to come up with solutions, which is a really important skill to have. It also pushed me outside of my comfort zone as far as being more outgoing when meeting so many new people.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

This internship is very different from a lot of others, and you only get out what you put in. To maximize how much you learn, you definitely need to ask questions, even if it's something that seems small. It shows that you're interested and willing to learn. It's also important to be proactive and advocate for yourself. If you want more work or to go on a site visit, ask for it. It's also important to network as much as possible since you meet so many people. It's easier than it sounds, and I've found that people are always willing to sit down and talk to you about what they do.

About the Organization

Boston/Watertown, Massachusetts

The Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST) Program is designed to attract, and offer summer internships to a diverse range of women and minority students who will be placed with CRE companies who are members of NAIOP, ULI and CBA. VHB is a consulting company comprised of passionate  engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Together, we improve mobility, enhance communities, and balance development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship.