The future looks bright for Byrne & Jones’ intern program

Continued growth of the company leads to more career building opportunities.

The four new interns working for Byrne & Jones Construction in St. Louis, Missouri, are quickly being immersed in the everyday activities of the company’s asphalt and sports division.

Byrne & Jones interns Byrne & Jones interns Elliot Boerding, Rachel Wakeman, Andrew Chapko and Brendan Dobbs

Byrne & Jones intern crew – Elliot Boerding, Rachel Wakeman, Andrew Chapko and Brendan Dobbs.

According to Brendan Dobbs, who will be a senior at SIU-Edwardsville in the fall in their mechanical engineering program, “I had no idea of the huge volume of work they do. The people at Byrne & Jones really know how to run the operation.”

Dobbs, along with Andrew Chapko, who will be graduating from Missouri Science & Technology in December of 2017, are both assigned to the asphalt division within Byrne & Jones. “We’re getting to work on bids every day and they get us out in the field on job sites, too” said Chapko.

The intern program at Byrne & Jones began in 2013. Since that time, on-campus recruitment efforts have intensified. “We regularly visit career fairs at a variety of colleges that offer degrees in engineering, construction management and business,” said Britt Taulbee who oversees the intern program at Byrne & Jones. ‘The University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri Science & Technology, St. Louis University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville as well as Bradley University are all colleges that produce outstanding candidates. Put simply, we’re looking for the best and the brightest,” added Taulbee.

The work experience at Byrne & Jones goes far beyond working on bids. Both Rachel Wakeman, who attends Missouri Science & Technology and Elliot Boerding, who attends St. Louis University have been working with Byrne & Jones 3D design program, developing a template to give to customers in the Sports division at Byrne & Jones. According to Wakeman, “It’s already been a great learning experience, helping to create the 3D designs on the computer and then visiting the actual job site to see it all in person.”

Boerding has gotten involved with the 3D renderings as well as turf maintenance and G-max testing. “My biggest hope is to challenge myself to learn more and be like a sponge – absorbing as much knowledge and experience as I can,” said Boerding. “And Byrne & Jones has the great work environment where that can happen.”

Taulbee mentioned that Byrne & Jones will continue to expand their intern program with the hopes of it becoming a year-round offering. That’s on top of additional hires that have recently joined Byrne & Jones to keep pace with the company’s continued growth.

“We’re even exploring developing work relationships with high schools that have strong STEM programs,” said Taulbee. And the focus isn’t strictly on engineering. “Accounting, finance, marketing, business management – all those are areas of growth we’ve experienced. Bottom line, if they’re bright, we’ll hire them.”

Byrne & Jones Construction is one of the largest commercial concrete and asphalt contractors in the St. Louis metro area. Byrne & Jones Sports is also one of the leading sports field specialists and polyurethane running track experts in all stages of construction – from initial planning to project completion. We’re proud to be a trusted advisor to the clients we serve, working on their behalf to offer the best solutions to all of their installation and preservation challenges – and doing it all safely every step of the way. For more information, browse the Byrne & Jones website.

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