Nicolette Peerman

My name is Nicolette Peerman and I am a 3rd year Civil Engineering undergraduate student with a minor in Environmental Engineering. I began my internship with Arrow Electronics on June 5th, 2017. I received my internship through a nontraditional route. I met my current manager, Zaneta Kelsey, during one of the PLIs that theNational Society of Black Engineers was hosting. The PLI was called “Being Black in Industry” and Zaneta was one of the panelists that I met after the PLI. I expressed my interest in the environment and my ultimate goal to make a difference in the environment someday. She informed me that Arrow Electronics actually had a place for me when it comes to e-waste and I was thrilled to hear this.

My internship was very interesting because I am a Marketing Intern with a developing Civil and Environmental Engineering background. I worked with Arrow’s S-Tech team also known as Sustainable Technology Solutions Group. We were a small but powerful team and we were all brand new except for Zaneta and Carol Baroudi a Sustainability Lead. Through my internship was give four main projects.

My four main projects included:

Creating a U.S. based donation program through S-Tech. Currently Arrow’s customers are giving back their technology purchases when they reach their end of life. Arrow will then data wipe, refurbish it, and then put it back onto a secondary market to resell. Zaneta wants me to create a donation program that gives the option to Arrow’s customers to donate their technology purchases instead of giving them back for resale. This will enable the technology to be reused for educational and career purposes within the U.S. to nonprofits. This donation program will reflect a similar model to that of Close The Gap, an international nonprofit that partners with Arrow to distribute data wiped, refurbished, used technology to kids in need such as those in Africa. Close the Gap is stationed in Brussels in Europe.

Creating a digital map of all the S-Tech Arrow facilities and S-Tech partnered facilities. S-Tech needs a more up to date as to where anything S-Tech is for when brochures are made this map can be inserted into there for customers to see.

Helping with the renaming and relaunch of AVR to S-Tech. Arrow Value Recovery is going away and in place of that will be Sustainable Technology Solutions

Competing in the internship project/competition. The project this year is creating a recycling program that Arrow can roll out across all Arrow facilities regardless of their function (processing center, office, warehouse, etc.). The added bonus given by the S-Tech President Chuck Kostalnick is to create a smaller program that will accept Arrow employee’s technology. I am in a team of 10 others that include a mentor, coach, and 8 other internships that are apart of many different departs (engineering, sales, finance, HR, marketing, etc.).

Overall, I enjoyed my time with Arrow Electronics. It was a great learning experience and took me far out of my comfort zone. My second week I had to do a presentation for JA Business Week and I was just coming back from the National Leadership Conference for National Society of Black Engineers because I am Membership Chair for Region 6 (also president for National Society of Black Engineers). So, I was lost, nervous, rushed, etc., but that is the only way to learn at Arrow. You are thrown into water and learn how to swim. All in all this was a great experience!

Joey Vaupel

My name is Joey Vaupel, and I am graduating with my Civil Engineering Degree this December, 2017. I received an internship with the City of Fort Collins Engineering Department during the summer of 2016. My main responsibility was working with the Pedestrian Improvement Program which focuses on updating sidewalks and curb ramps to the current ADA standards.

It was a great experience to be a part of many projects that I now pass by almost every day such as projects along West Elizabeth and Taft Hill Road. I also helped with construction inspection on some of the larger Capital Projects such as the Prospect and College interchange, and occasionally I was able to help with surveying and data collection. Overall it was a great experience and gave me the opportunity to learn a lot about Civil Engineering. I met and worked with a lot of great people at the City and was lucky to have the opportunity to work there until I graduated.

Zach Grennan

My name is Zach Grennan and I am studying Civil Engineering at Colorado State University. I graduate in May, 2018 and will be going to work for RockSol Consulting Group, Inc. based out of Westminster, Colorado. The past four years have been an incredible experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. The knowledge gained from my coursework and internships has provided me with the necessary skills to become a successful engineer. I was fortunate enough to work as an intern for the summer after my sophomore year and the summer after junior year, which provided me with the opportunity for full time work after graduation.

Both of my internships were with RockSol Consulting, and the first summer was spent as a material testing technician trainee. The project I spent a majority of my time on was an intersection expansion at W 120 th Avenue and Federal Boulevard in Westminster, CO. I shadowed a certified materials testing technician to provide quality assurance for the contractor on the project. In addition to both field and laboratory testing experience, I was able to receive multiple testing certifications in the process. The experience on this project in being on site as well as attending meetings with the clients taught me real world skills that have helped me reach the point I am at today.

The second summer was spent working as an inspection intern for the reconstruction of Interstate 76 at US Highway 85 in Henderson, CO. Throughout the summer I assisted the other RockSol engineers on the project in completing quantity predictions, supervising construction and concrete paving, and attending various meetings with the contractor as well as CDOT engineers. The experience gained on this project was invaluable due to the complexity of the job, and the various aspects of road construction that I was able to witness. Overall, my internship experience has allowed me to succeed in both school and the professional world, and provided me with the first step in my career after graduation.