Summer always brings many new faces to Larson Design Group as we hire interns! This year, we want to shine a spotlight on these young minds who contribute so much during their time here. This time, the spotlight is on Alex Marple, who is pursuing a Master’s in Civil Engineering with a structural focus at Syracuse University and will graduate in December 2016. She’s interning in our Williamsport site department.
Why did you want to intern at LDG?
After spending the past three summers as an intern with PennDOT, I wanted to get some experience in the private sector. LDG has a very good reputation in this area and I was excited to have the opportunity to spend the summer gaining experience in my field with such a well-known firm.
What skills are you developing so far in your internship?
Coming into this internship I had very little AutoCAD experience, but I have learned so much already. Since my background is in the structural side of civil engineering, it has been very beneficial to learn about the work that goes into engineering the actual site for the project.
What’s the best thing about interning at LDG?
The best thing about interning at LDG is definitely the people I get to work with. Everyone has been so helpful and friendly, and they all seem to genuinely enjoy working together. They’re making my summer with LDG a great experience.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
After graduation, I hope to start putting my degrees to use! Although I’ve loved my 5 years of college, I’m ready to get my career started and gain more on-the-job experience.
What’s your favorite movie?
I’m going to break the rules and say a whole series – the Jason Bourne movies are definitely my favorite. I’m pretty excited to go see the new one that is coming out in a few weeks.
What’s your favorite college class?
I really enjoyed the Rehabilitation of Civil Infrastructure course that I took last fall. I’ve always liked historical buildings and structures, and studying some of the methods used to rehabilitate them was very interesting to me. As great as shiny-new infrastructure is, it’s impossible to duplicate the character and history of older structures.
That’s a tough one – I think it changes weekly. I’ve recently been introduced to the wonders of Acme Barbecue here in Williamsport. So, currently I’d have to say their pork barbecue sandwich with macaroni and cheese and cornbread is my favorite.