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MetroConnects Welcomes Clemson University Student Will Simons to our New Internship Program

June 6, 2024

Welcome Will!

MetroConnects is excited to welcome Will Simons to its engineering team! Will is the first intern to take part in our new program, which is designed to introduce current community college or university students who are studying construction, civil engineering or a related field to the wastewater industry.

Will comes to us from Clemson University, where he is a rising senior majoring in civil engineering. Will said he has been interested in structures and buildings ever since he began tinkering with Legos as a child. He became interested in civil engineering specifically after he went to engineering camp at a local college. Now that he is approaching graduation, he said he finds civil engineering just as interesting as he did when he was younger.  He applied for the internship with MetroConnects to learn even more about the field, and gain some real-world knowledge. “You can take as many classes in college as you want, but that only prepares you for so much,” he said. “I wanted to know how engineering affects our daily life and what engineers do. So far, I’ve gotten a fair amount of both and look forward to seeing more!”

Will will spend the summer assisting MetroConnects’ Engineering Department with private development plan reviews, sewer capacity analysis, and field inspections and testing.  He will also shadow our Project Managers on capital projects and observe Operation and Maintenance (O&M) field activities. Metro’s goal is to expose Will to all facets of MetroConnects and provide him a broad understanding of our organization.

Growing the Field

MetroConnects launched the paid internship program earlier this year with the aim of bringing more awareness of the wastewater sector to students and help grow the workforce. The goal is to drive more emerging engineers and project managers into the sector and provide on-the-job training. The wastewater world is one that is often overlooked, but the infrastructure we provide is critical to the the health and economy of a community. As the baby-boomer generation is reaching retirement age, there is a growing need for wastewater professionals to join the field. MetroConnects is excited to work with Will this summer, and expand the internship program in the future.

To learn more about MetroConnects and its career opportunities, visit www.metroconnects.org/job_listings.