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The Internship Experience at Parametrix: Jill Shinn

Courtney Purdin | 7-16-2018

This summer Parametrix has the honor of hosting several interns. Over the next couple months we will be introducing a few of them on the Inspired People Blog.

Jill Shinn is an intern in the project and construction management group based out of our Seattle office. This is her second summer interning at Parametrix. She is currently pursuing a Master in Civil Engineering degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is originally from Woodinville, WA and enjoys running, walking and hiking with her puppy, swimming, and skiing.

I asked her a few questions about her career, why she chose Parametrix, and what she is looking forward to in the future. 

Jill Shinn Puppy

How did you become interested in civil engineering?

I have always been interested in math and science, so I wanted to apply those skills to a field that can make a positive impact to a lot of people. Civil engineering is a great way to use logical skills to solve problems and help others. I am specializing in transportation engineering specifically because I think transportation affects everyone’s daily lives in significant ways.

What made you want to complete an internship at Parametrix?

I chose to work at Parametrix because it has a small company feeling but has a hand in many large and interesting projects in the Seattle area. What stood out to me the most is the strong feeling of community and the positivity in the office every day. I also appreciate that one of the core values of Parametrix is fun because I think having a sense of humor and fun allows people to work better together.  

What project are you currently working on at Parametrix?

I am currently working on a King County Metro Project, helping them prepare for a large expansion of their fleet and base facilities. I am excited about this project because it will help support increasing transit in the area. As a transit user I am happy that I get to make an impact that will increase accessibility and mobility to people living in the Puget Sound area!  

Jill Shinn Field
Jill working at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill project in Maple Valley, WA last summer

What do you enjoy most so far about working at Parametrix?

This is my second summer at Parametrix, so I clearly like it here! I enjoy the people I work with and the strong feeling of community. Even though I left for the school year it feels like I never actually left and picked up where I left off. As an intern, I feel like a valuable part of the team.  

What would you like to accomplish as a part of your internship this summer?

I always want to grow in my communication and professional development skills. School teaches us how to solve challenging problems, but work teaches us how to communicate and work together to achieve a common goal. I hope that this summer I grow more professionally and gain more communication skills at Parametrix.

Where would you like to be in your career 5 years from now?

In five years, I will have my master’s degree in civil engineering and be working full time as an engineer. I also plan to have my Professional Engineering (PE) license. I would like to be working on interesting projects hopefully regarding transit or transportation.

What is your ultimate career goal?

I only have a vague idea of my ultimate career goals, but I would like to work or lead projects that I think are meaningful and help people’s everyday lives. I would also consider getting additional degrees, like a PhD, and become a professor for civil engineering somewhere down the line. In general, I would just like to help others with the knowledge I have and continue working as a civil engineer.