College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Summer internships are a valuable way for implementing practical knowledge in the construction industry. Students can apply what they have learned during the school year and visualize the reality of how construction is managed. This project will research what student-athletes typically invest their time in over summer and the construction company’s connection to the student-athlete department. The analysis will identify if there is a need to propose a program that can improve the relationship between the construction management and student-athlete departments. Two surveys were conducted to collect information about student-athletes summer activity history and their perspective of internship experience, as well as gathering the view point from construction companies on student-athletes participation in internship programs. As a result of the survey, 60% of the 40 students have not participated in a summer internship before while 82% believe it would be difficult to train and work full-time. In addition, 69% of 16 construction companies have never had a student-athlete as a summer intern, while 69% encourage implementing a student-athlete internship connection program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.