TKDA Intern: Priya Patel
My name is Priya Patel, and I’m the intern in the Aviation Division, here at TKDA. I help on projects in any way I can. I do a lot working with CAD, and, updating exhibits and drawings for various projects. I’m using all the software I expected to use, but I’m also getting more experience than I was expecting, and I’ve also gone into the field. I’ve been doing a lot of projects involving MSP, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport. I’ve been on-site at MSP a couple of times, out on the tarmac. It was really cool to be able to go up close to the planes and,I was able to look at the passenger boarding bridges and exact pieces of equipment that I was working with and working on. And, it kind of all comes together when I actually see it out there, which is really interesting and really cool. Advice for future interns; don’t be afraid of jumping into a completely different area in your field. I never thought aviation would be something for me, and now that I’m here, I’m absolutely in love with it.
TKDA Intern: Juliana Ghani
Hi, my name is Juliana Ghani and I am the marketing and business development intern here at TKDA. I chose TKDA because right away, they promised that I would have creative freedom and I would get my own projects and they’ve given me a lot of responsibility and that’s something that I appreciate at a college level. Being in a real work environment and working with real professionals has taught me new skills and tricks, especially within the Adobe Suite. Today, I’m working on career fair banners and I’ve been playing with a couple different designs and slogans to see kinda what works best within our brand and what college students would gravitate more towards. Then, trying to pull it together with a slogan. Right now, we have, “Discover the possibilities,” because there’s so many possibilities within TKDA and yet we’re also choosing between, “Create your Future,” because at TKDA, you can create a lot and this is kinda where your future can start. I’ve been working on this for about a week and I’m excited to get it done and see how it turns out. I came into this position thinking that I would have a set list of projects and that I would just do those and then, that’s it. But I’ve had a wide exposure to different projects and I’ve definitely built strong connections.
TKDA Intern: Kelsey Franz
I’m Kelsey Franz, I’m majoring in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering but I have an emphasis in Environmental and Ecological Engineering. I actually connected online, I just did a random Google search for Environmental Engineering internships and luckily enough, TKDA came up. They weren’t just asking me how I could help the company, they were asking me what other things that they could do to make sure that the internship was geared towards my specialties. That’s really important thing about internships is with school, you learn all this background information but you don’t have any actual real world experience with it so it’s important to cross those boundaries and they’ve definitely done a good job of making sure that I have those opportunities to do that. I’m here today to watch a crew work on the lift station three repair. Writing down everything, keeping track of quantities, what equipment they’re using, asking them just what’s going on now so that I have a full understanding of what’s going on, what the next steps and what tomorrow looks like. And how the project is progressing. I already have talked to all my classmates and friends about how great this internship is and how I’m having such a good time with it. I think they’ll definitely consider applying here next year.