SCS Engineers presents a behind-the-scenes look at the special people who make us thrive and the roles they play within the organization.
When Adrienne was young, she always dreamed of a career that combined three subjects she enjoyed: math, science, and the environment. She wanted a job where she could be outside and that will be a positive impact on nature. That thinking is how Adrienne became a Geological Engineering major at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. As a senior, Adrienne wished to find an internship that would give her a real world view into the engineering consulting world. She first learned of the internship opportunity at the SCS Madison office from a previous summer intern who described his great experience. When she was offered the position, Adrienne did not hesitate to accept.
During her summer as an intern, Adrienne worked on a variety of projects, both in the office and the field. Her projects ranged many topics in solid waste including landfill gas, landfill monitoring, and slope stability. On her work during the summer, Adrienne comments, “I got to see a variety, both office work, and field work. The people at SCS were always willing to take time to talk to me and make me feel included. They were always willing to answer any questions I had and help me out.”
For any future SCS interns, she gives this advice: “Definitely take the job if it offered to you, it was such a great learning experience. This internship taught me time management skills with the ups and downs of a consultant’s schedule. Also, take the time to communicate with everybody you can. It helps to sit in on meetings and learn the projects everybody is working on. Take the time to get to know people’s specialties.”
Adrienne will be presenting at the University of Madison – Wisconsin’s Geological, Mining, and Geotechnical Engineering 2nd Technical Conference and Alumni Reunion held on September 13-15, 2017. Her topic will be on a subject she spent many hours working on during her SCS internship: slope stability in landfills. SCS is one of the sponsors of this event and will have more employees attending as well.
During her final semester, Adrienne will continue to work at the SCS Madison office part time. After she graduates, she hopes to stay in the solid waste and geotechnical consulting field.
Outside of school and work, Adrienne enjoys playing the trumpet at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s marching band, playing ultimate Frisbee, hiking, and biking.
This summer, SCS had seven interns across the country and next year we are looking to grow our National Internship Program. We will start hiring for our Summer 2018 internships in January.
To learn more about a career at SCS Engineers, please visit the SCS Careers page.