Nine students from Tustin Unified School District gained hands-on experience and in-depth insight into architectural and engineering careers at Salas O’Brien during our inaugural high school internship program.

“It’s so important that we invest in preparing and developing the next generation of engineers and technical professionals,” Salas O’Brien CEO and Chairman Darin Anderson said. “I really appreciate all of the mentors who participated to help influence these students who wouldn’t otherwise have access to role models in STEM careers.”

Throughout the six-week program, each of the students worked with a mentor from our team. The students met one-on-one with their mentors weekly, shadowed them on the job for day-to-day activities, and even attended client meetings. Mentors spent valuable time with their interns helping them discover their interests, how they align with available opportunities, and what those careers look like at Salas O’Brien.

Interns also participated in case study assignments, speaker events, and a speed mentoring session. These gave the interns chances to explore the disciplines, project types, and potential career paths offered by the Salas O’Brien team.

In all, 33 Salas O’Brien team members engaged the youth to make the internship program an experience that the students will likely remember for years to come.

“Not only did we get to see the different jobs, but the mentors also gave us some tips and tricks on how to become great engineers and shared life lessons they wished they’d known in high school,” Interns Harold Chen, Jaylin Mai, and Jeanpierre Pastrana said in their final intern presentation. “We will carry these lessons, skills, and experiences throughout our lives for our careers and our everyday activities.”