As the application deadline for the CITC Summer Internships Partner Program approaches, we’re taking this opportunity to look back the first cohort that took part in this program — and checking in with those interns to see what they’re up to one year later.
For Corissa Bernsten, interning at CH2M through CITC’s Internship Partner Program refined her career goals in unexpected ways. The civil engineering major at UAA was set on a general career path, but working with CH2M’s water business group sharpened Corissa’s focus.
Through its summer program, CITC created a network of community partners with which many interns are placed, based on their experience and field of interest. Last year’s community partners included CH2M, the Anchorage Museum, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Interns are also placed within CITC in departments like IT, Youth Empowerment Services, Recovery Services, and Accounting.
“My internship helped guide me toward a more specific path,” she said. “It showed me what it was like to work as an engineer, specifically with water. I was given meaningful work in that area that normally would have been done by a licensed professional engineer. It wasn’t just a typical intern experience.”
Not only did Corissa choose post-internship courses that would focus on the technical aspects of water resources engineering, but her colleagues at CH2M were sufficiently impressed with her work that they invited her to extend her internship through part-time work during her fall semester. Thanks to the internship opportunity made possible through funding by Alyeska Pipeline Services, Corissa deepened her commitment to her chosen career path and feels more prepared for the day she enters a professional workplace full-time.
“I liked learning the technical aspects of the field, but I also did work that’s applicable to any discipline within civil engineering,” Corissa shared. “I feel thoroughly prepared for the future.”
Are you interested in a paid summer internship with CITC and its partners? Apply before March 31 to be considered for this year’s program. Learn more here. Contact Nikki Graham at (907) 793-3183 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.