LIFE AT ATI: Q&A WITH ATI’S 2018 SUMMER INTERNS

Every summer, ATI has the opportunity to host a number of paid interns in each of our three offices. It’s been an exciting few months as each of our interns have had the chance to experience what it’s like to work at an A/E firm first hand. At ATI, our interns aren’t here to grab coffee – they are a part of the team and develop into the fabric of our culture.

With a blink of an eye back to school time is upon us. This means saying goodbye–a bittersweet ending to summer.

We are so proud to watch them grow, thrive, and gain important life skills that they can take back to school with them. They learn a lot during their time here and put in a tremendous amount of effort. They get to work on a variety of projects across California and develop professionally along the way.

Before we officially bid them farewell, we took a moment to catch up with two of our interns out of our Roseville office to see what they were up to this summer and what advice they might have for future interns.

Candyce Junaid recently graduated from high school and will be studying Interior Architecture at California State University, Sacramento coming this fall.

 

What did you expect from your internship with ATI? Did your expectations meet reality?

I was very nervous before starting this internship. You always see in movies that interns get treated pretty rough, but that was not the case at ATI. As an intern, I was treated like a part of the family and everyone was so unique, kind, and patient. I am thankful that my business and architecture classes prepared me for the work I did at ATI.

Thinking back to your first few days, what work did you get a chance to do?

I remember my very first tasks. Ysenia taught me what a division number was and assigned me to write down all the numbers and names of every book/binder in the library and put them in an excel spreadsheet. Then I was taught how to use Sketchup. I started right around the time our Roseville office was getting ready to move. I also helped pack up the office, where we moved to our new snazzy location.

What did you enjoy most during your time at ATI?

I really enjoyed working on DSA corrections on AutoCAD files, but I would say the best time I had at ATI was when Kalie Geiger and I helped plan the Open House Party. It was a lot of fun. Also, I knew it was going to be a good day once I saw pie in the kitchen.

What is the most important skill that you have learned during your internship?

I have done many things during the course of the internship that are quite critical. Some include learning how to navigate File Explorer, emailing professionally, contacting companies, scanning, and other office duties. Also, Thanks to David Eshe – I learned a lot of AutoCAD shortcuts and tricks that will help benefit me in my future career. J

What are you up to next?

I will begin a new step in my life. After graduating from Granite Bay High School, I will be attending California State University, Sacramento, where I will be majoring in Interior Architecture. I am very excited for this journey and I cannot wait to see where this takes me. I hope to come back to ATI soon as it is required that I get two more internships at Interior Design firms before graduation. I am so blessed and appreciative of my experience here at ATI. I feel like this puts me a step forward into the real world.

Do you have any advice for future interns?

The only advice I would give to future Interns is to not be afraid to ask for help, keep a positive attitude, and to work hard. Your work will pay off and it will only benefit you in the end. I learned so much from this experience.

Kalie Geiger also recently graduated from high school. This fall she will be moving to Idaho where she will be studying Business at Boise State University. 

 

What did you expect from your internship with ATI? Did your expectations meet reality?

Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know anything about architecture or what it’s like to work in an office. Based on the movies, I thought maybe I’d be getting coffee or scanning papers. I didn’t even know if I was going to have my own desk. Although, to my surprise, I was welcomed with a desk AND TWO monitors for my computer. Over the year, I was able to grow with the company. Our office has since moved to a ‘bigger and better’ space and hired even more employees. I’ve become close with so many people in our office, and learned so much from each of them. My original expectations were far exceeded throughout my time here at ATI.

Thinking back to your first few days, what work did you get a chance to do?

I was thrown right into the field on my first day as an intern. Ysenia showed me all of the ins and outs of the office which launched me into the architectural world. I got to first-hand create and respond to submittals, RFIs, and even project specifications. I remember asking many questions about all of this in order to grasp the whole architectural process. Who knew there were so many steps and people involved? I began to experiment with multiple programs, from Microsoft Excel to Google Sketchup. Before I knew it, I was 3 months in and at the new Roseville office with ATI!

What did you enjoy most during your time at ATI?

I think my favorite part of my ATI experience would be the ‘slow days’. When I was done with my intern work, I would stand up from my desk and casually ask the office, “Does anyone need help with anything at the moment?” followed by a smile. Surely someone would think of something I could do, and I would get such a variety of responses. This is how I truly learned about things I didn’t even know existed. Some days I would pull specs from one project to the next; other days I would learn new keyboard shortcuts working on AutoCad. Everyone in the office worked with me to make sure I was really learning and understanding the task.

What is the most important skill that you have learned during your internship?

My internship has definitely helped evolve my time management skills. In a real office, there are no set times to “clock in” and mom isn’t checking in every hour to make sure you’re still on task. I had to stay focused at my desk in order to meet the deadline for whatever task I was working on. I think this skill will help take me far in life.

What are you up to next?

Now that I have graduated from Woodcreek High School here in Roseville, I will be moving to Idaho in early August!! I’m attending Boise State University to study business, and I’m enrolled in the Honors College. I’m sure my major will become more defined or could even change throughout the next few years, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll be back at ATI!

Do you have any advice for future interns?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! (even if it’s how to scan a paper) The best way to learn is by asking questions and making a few mistakes. The ATI staff is more than willing to help you out! Thank you ATI for this wonderful opportunity!! I’ll miss you!

We are sad to see them go but we wish the best for all of our interns in their future endeavors! We hope to see them back at ATI again next summer. Until then, WE WILL MISS YOU TOO!

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