My internship was not what I expected. When I read the description and it said “engineering in a lab with a focus on rocks and soils”, I was super excited, I pictured lab coats, fume hoods, and white walls. The reality was much different. My job was to wash soils and aggregate in a wash sieve and then place them in an oven to dry. I learned a lot about how an engineering consulting lab works.
The amount of work each day is based on the amount of contracts that come in the previous day. Each sample is carefully labeled with contract numbers and sample numbers to avoid confusion. While waiting for more samples to wash, I occasionally watched other jobs in the lab. There were people splitting soil into measured amounts, and people measuring the density of asphalt. It was a really eye -opening experience to the behind- the-scenes aspect of engineering.