March 21, 2012

LSU construction management students and alumni were eager to dress to impress for the 2012 Construction Interviewing Day, a career-building event sponsored by LSU Career Services and the Department of Construction Management & Industrial Engineering. The one-day recruiting event provides unique opportunities for students and alumni to network and secure internships and full-time positions in the industry.

“I like how it’s set up. Everybody is really organized, and you know where to go. You can quickly check in, grab a bite to eat and get to your interview,” said Syndney Jenkins, civil engineering student. Jenkins interviewed with Cajun Deep Foundation, LCC, a Baton Rouge company that specializes in all disciplines of deep foundations work.

“I scheduled my interview through Careers2Geaux earlier,” Jenkins said. “I think my interview went really well. Career Services always does a great job getting opportunities out to students – I know I’ve gotten five or six interviews through them, as well as an internship opportunity. I’m really grateful to LSU Career Services.”   

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, more than 30 employers interacted with and interviewed LSU construction management and engineering students.

“We’ve got some good potential people to hire,” Jackie Techel, a recruiter for Barriere Construction Co., Techel said.

“It was a good environment,” said John Pevey, a Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering alumnus. “I got a good sense of what the company that I was interested in did and what they expect of me. I hope I get a call back.”

Engineering students are consistently among the most proactive in seeking work experience through internships, cooperative education, volunteerism and part-time jobs. The LSU College of Engineering is dedicated to creating engineers who are skilled communicators and who always remain engaged with the community and society. 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.

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Article written by Paige Brown, communications graduate student worker. For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, carcen6@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0092.



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