College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Philip Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The growing norm for students in the field of Construction Management is to have at least one internship under their belt prior to entering the industry for a full-time career. The goal of this research paper is to analyze student feedback from their previous internships to draw conclusions on how companies should structure their internship programs based on student interests and level of experience. Research was done evaluating current Construction Management students with previous internship experience at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. This research paper will be beneficial for industry companies to better tailor their internship programs to each student. This information will also be beneficial for students who can use this information from previous students to find out what key aspects they should look for when selecting and completing an internship at a certain company. A survey was sent out to all Construction Management Students at Cal Poly and were requested to only complete the survey if they had previous internship experience. This paper analyzes what elements of their internships students believe resulted in the most learning, the optimal internship “path” for students, and generally how Construction internships can be improved.