May 5, 2011

A downturn in the economy has not stopped LSU’s College of Engineering (CoE) and Career Services from providing opportunities for students to network and secure internships and jobs in the industry before they have received degrees.

This year, more than twenty employers interacted with and interviewed approximately 120 students. Many CoE alumni represented their companies to identify talent and recruit students from their alma mater.

Construction Interviewing Day is an opportunity for industry representatives to select students and alumni to interview for internships and full-time positions, as well as network with members of the CoE’s construction management program.

“This year, Construction Interviewing Day provided a very simple, remarkably organized and hassle-free vehicle for B&K Construction to seek students for our internship program,” said Bo Markovic, estimating and project manager, B&K Construction Co., LLC.

Engineering students are consistently among the most proactive in seeking work experience through internships, cooperative education, volunteerism and part-time jobs. Such experiences teach real-life skills that help students develop a healthy balance between academic and professional expertise. Of LSU’s 4,199 on-campus employer interviews conducted in 2009, 63 percent were for College of Engineering graduates.

"I think Construction Interviewing Day at LSU is a wonderful way to pair construction management students directly with companies that are looking for students trained in construction,” said Lauren Couchis, senior, construction management. “It is a great networking opportunity for all CM students and is very successful in pairing students with internships and full-time offers."

“Lemoine recruits construction management students from universities all over the southeast region,” said Theresa Jones, human resource director, The Lemoine Company, LLC, and an LSU alumna. “Career Services is always adjusting the event in response to students and recruiters’ feedback.  This, as well as the excellent caliber of student the LSU construction management department produces, keeps us coming back each semester.”

The LSU College of Engineering is dedicated to creating engineers who are trained to proactively meet society’s current demands and provide solutions to future problems. The rigorous program develops students who possess traits, including: critical and holistic thinking; lifelong learners, entrepreneurial spirit; awareness of national and international implications involved in issues such as the environment and sustainability; and possesses strong leadership qualities and problem-solving mechanisms. 

“Continued growth of our company cannot happen without hiring the best employees with the educational foundation that enables them to be trained to successfully work in all aspects of our company,” said Chase Rainey, project manager, Performance Contractors, Inc. “LSU Construction Interviewing Day is critical in helping us select, meet and interview the best and most talented graduating seniors in the construction management department.”


For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, or (225) 578-0092.

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