Interns learn about construction for summer

The Arch & Godfrey interns with construction manager Shawn Maxwell, fourth from left, and managing director Garth Arch, second from right, at The Grove construction site.

Seven interns joined Arch & Godfrey for the company’s summer internship programme, including Diana Rodriquez-Riol, Samuel Reid, Brandon Williams, Zeb Yanez-Bush, Asia Bush, Jevon Bush and Matthew Hanson.

Garth Arch, managing director of Arch & Godfrey, said the interns were spending their summer at the company at an exciting time for the industry. “Projects are much larger, more complex and challenging. We started our internship programme many years ago and, typically, we would only have one or two students who attend each year. However, this year we are pleased to say that our numbers have significantly increased. It is certainly encouraging to see young Caymanians with an interest in the construction industry and who are willing to put in the time and hard work necessary to be successful in this field.”

According to a press release, Yanez-Bush’s career goal is to become a quantity surveyor, Asia Bush is interested in studying law and the other five are all budding civil engineers.

Rodriquez-Riol, a University College of the Cayman Islands student, said, “During my time at A&G, I have gained a great amount of experience and knowledge of what being an engineer is like in the real world. I was able to work side by side with engineers that are highly skilled in their field. My time here has also helped me to develop an appreciation for the importance of communication and collaboration in the industry, especially in the construction process.”

Jevon Bush, another UCCI student, has been with the Arch & Godfrey team every summer since 2015. He is pursuing an associate degree in engineering technology (civil). He said, “Everyone has tried their best to teach me as much as they can, and have always been kind to me. It is an experience where you will be exposed to every aspect of the building process, that in turn will help with career decisions and professional growth.”

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