Not to brag, but we have some pretty great interns this summer (and all the summers before)!

Our internship program is extremely important to us. Sharing what we do with the next generation is key to our sustainability and perspective. As we teach, we learn. Our interns bring fresh eyes and ideas to the firm and everyone moves from summer to fall having had new experiences and having built new, lasting relationships.

This year’s college students are working across departments from Talent + Brand to Survey and they are being included in projects across the company. While it might be nice, our interns don’t fetch coffee. They are integral team members and have been reworking marketing collateral and working on architecture projects from Indy to Houston, Texas.

“Each project allows me to use what I have learned at the University of Kansas plus it also allows me to use all the new information, knowledge, and guidance from my fellow coworkers here at Cripe,” says architecture intern, Jack Davis.

In a summer at Cripe, our interns often see projects through from the start to the construction phases. “It’s been really great seeing projects from the beginning stages through the final construction documents. I’ve learned a lot of really cool tricks with software and gained knowledge of how the architectural industry does business,” Jackie Brice, another architecture intern says.

At Cripe, the intern experience is mutually beneficial, stimulating and an opportunity to build lifelong relationships. The Cripe internship is a complete immersion to the company and some of the highlights include:

  • Internal Shadowing
  • Day One Members of the Team
  • Kick off Breakfast with our CEO, President and Executive Team
  • Inclusion in all Corporate Events
  • Cripe Performance Review
  • Flip Review
  • Intern Project Management Community Service Project

To all of our employees, community service is very important and we make sure to instill that in our interns as well.

At the beginning of the summer, the intern team is charged with choosing a philanthropy and coming up with a way to raise money for that organization.

This year’s interns chose Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and they came up with a wide range of competitions and fundraisers to raise money and engage the entire company. There has been a summer long change war, a Euchre tournament, Cripe Family Feud and an intern picnic with a cornhole tournament.

At the end of the summer, they’ll have raised over $1500 to go towards planting and sustaining trees in Indianapolis, but they will also have fostered and facilitated events that embody the culture at Cripe.

It’s crazy to think that the summer is winding down and coming to a close and soon our interns will be heading back to school. We’ll certainly miss them and their contributions, but one of our favorite things to do at Cripe is hire back our interns as returning interns or full time employees!

Talent + Brand intern, Leonna Huddleston, sums it up well: “There is nothing better than working at a firm that treats you like you’re a part of the team and a part of a working family.”

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