How would you describe what you do at McKinstry in 50 words or less?
I help assist foremen and project managers oversee the instillation of Fire Suppression Systems in mid- to high-rise buildings in the greater Seattle area.
How is the internship different due to the impacts of COVID-19?
The most obvious impact of COVID-19 on my work experience has been the empty office that greets me every morning. The sea of vacant desks leaves me to only be able to speculate as to the energy that once filled the now empty Dawson building. Another obvious impact of COVID-19 has been the lack of in-person interactions I have with my coworkers. There are a handful that I work with every day, that I have never met in person. And the only reference I have as to what they look like is their Microsoft Teams profile picture. While this might have been a steep transition for some of my coworkers, I would venture to guess that the transition was quite seamless for most of my fellow interns, as much of our communication is online already. I also think that it has, in some respects, hindered the amount that I network with my fellow interns and coworkers. While I have had a couple “coffee chats” with a few people in my internship cohort, I have had minimal individual interaction with my peers. However, our internship director, Bri Kastning, has done a phenomenal job setting up as many networking events for our cohort as possible. Unfortunately, there is just no suitable replacement for face-to-face interaction.[Read more…]