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September 14, 2021

H&S Summer 2021 Interns Share Their Experience

Ava Hipskind, Michael Winner, and Adam Bier were Horner & Shifrin’s three summer engineering interns for 2021.  Each intern had the ability to grow their expertise and understanding within their departments.

Ava Hipskind spent her time at H&S as a rotating intern and worked for 2 weeks each within our Transportation, Bridge, Construction Services, Civil Site, and GIS departments. She is currently attending The University of Kentucky and will graduate next year with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

“This past summer I was blessed with the opportunity to work with Horner & Shifrin, Inc. as a Rotating Engineering Intern. The internship allowed me to expand my understanding of each discipline within civil engineering, learn new technical skills, and work with some wonderful people. Over the course of the summer, I rotated through the GIS/Survey, Construction, Civil/ Site, Structural Bridge, and Transportation business units. I was able to learn new technical, management and communication skills while also getting to know some fantastic people. The hands-on experience in each of the civil engineering disciplines was enlightening and having had the opportunity to work on projects in various degrees of completion will serve me well when I begin my professional career post-graduation.
I would like to thank Cynthia H.K. Baumann for this opportunity and for the smooth transition through each business unit. I would also like to thank all of my business unit leaders and mentors, John Gilmore, Mike Harizal, April Giesmann, Mike Banashek, Marty Chorkey, Tom Lohman, Brad Riechmann, Jarrett Jasper, Jordan Pettibone, and Theresa Goetz. You have all taught me so much and I am forever grateful for your mentorship. Thank you for uplifting me and pushing me out of my comfort zone to learn to skills and for expanding my knowledge of civil engineering.

Michael Winner spent his time at H&S with our Bridge department.  He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. After his graduation in 2022, he plans on pursuing his Masters in Civil Engineering.

“Recently, I finished up my summer internship with Horner & Shifrin where I worked in their structural bridge department in the St. Louis office. Working alongside the team each day quickly made me realize why Horner & Shifrin is a top workplace. Over the course of the summer, I worked on calculation checks, drafting, and quality assurance drawing checks. I have learned so much, and I am truly grateful to have had this experience. The knowledge I have gained is invaluable, and I look forward to growing the information I learned as I return to college this upcoming semester. I would like to thank Jon Derner, Michael Banashek, and Thomas Lohman for having a hand in making this summer one to remember.”

Adam Bier interned with our Construction Services Department.  He is studying Construction Management and Design at Southeast Missouri State University and will join the H&S team full-time upon his 2021 graduation.

“Over the summer, I had the great opportunity to work for Horner & Shifrin through their internship program. To sum up my experience, I am now a full-time employee and Construction Administrator! The internship program introduced me to all Horner & Shifrin has to offer – great employees and a team that truly cares were standouts that made joining full-time an easy decision. Throughout my internship I learned the basics of Construction Services; my learning and understanding was their number one priority. Horner & Shifrin and the Construction Services department, led by Mike Harizal and Sloan Smith, made me feel like I was part of the team from day one. I have worked on everything from bid-tabs, bid openings, working up quantities, and on-site inspections/overseeing. I’d like to say thank you to the entire Horner & Shifrin team as I continue to learn and grow as a full-time employee. 


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