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The Importance of Internships – What I Learned at Primera
The Importance of Internships – What I Learned at Primera

As college students, there is a lot of pressure to find the perfect Summer internship. Building your resume, expanding your network, and learning firsthand from professionals are just some of the benefits an internship provides. However, the biggest lesson I’ve learned from my internship experience here at Primera is the importance of growth.

By exploring new subject areas, meeting new people and trying new things, I’ve noticed that my knowledge isn’t the only thing expanding, but my confidence has too. Working at Primera has taught me to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations. While learning new software, processes and systems has taught me more about Marketing itself, pushing myself to succeed in these areas is what has truly helped me flourish. Taking on new responsibilities and accepting challenges this Summer has given me the opportunity to further my professional and personal development. From my learning experiences at Primera I’ve grown in many ways. Most importantly, however, this internship has opened my eyes to the benefits of maintaining an open mind, remaining flexible and staying ambitious. These are invaluable life-long skills that I will carry on to my final year at school, and throughout my continued career journey.


This Summer, Primera brought on nearly 15 interns across our Buildings, Transportation, Utilities, and Corporate divisions in our Chicago, Lisle, and Chadds Ford offices. Here’s what some of them had to say about their experience here at Primera:

  CASEY BRANNIGAN, Transportation Aviation Intern

Casey attends Purdue University where she is majoring in Civil Engineering. During her time at Primera, Casey says that she has enhanced her communication and computer skills. Additionally, she was able to learn from a team who encourages positive collaboration while also discovering the goals and responsibilities of a civil engineer.

  ALISON SEDENKOV, Accounting Intern

Alison is an undergraduate student at Indiana University majoring in Finance and spent the summer as an Accounting intern in our Corporate division. Thanks to her time at Primera, Alison learned how to utilize accounting software and perform a multitude of accounting operations including invoicing, emailing clients and vendors, and using Primera’s own databases.

  COLLIN BUTLER, Mechanical Engineering Intern

Collin is a student at Miami University in Ohio and is studying mechanical engineering. From his experience working at Primera, Collin has learned the importance of teamwork and communication required between teammates and divisions in completing a project.

  MAGGIE MATTHEWS, Transportation Engineering Intern

Maggie is a Civil Engineering major at the University of Notre Dame. After spending the summer as a Transportation intern, Maggie has learned that being a part of a team that is willing to answer questions and seek out challenging opportunities is the best way to learn.

If you are interested in internship or career opportunities with us, please check out our Careers page here

The Importance of Internships – What I Learned at Primera

To celebrate National Intern Day in late July, Primera hosted a fun-filled 80's themed day in our Chicago headquarters office. Our interns, including our author Grace pictured above, participated in team building activities, received helpful advice during a panel discussion and took a trip to Punch Bowl Social for an afternoon of fun and bowling!