Future engineers and surveyors take note: Rani Engineering loves interns! Rani has employed a variety of interns over the last few summers and a handful have turned into full-time Rani employees! In the narrative below, we’ve provided an overview from one of our current interns from the University of Minnesota, Eric Elert.

Eric has spent most of his time at Rani working on erosion control plans for the Bottineau Blue Line Light Rail Extension. He works in CAD to make revisions and edits to project plan sheets while working under the direction of Professional Engineers. As this is Eric’s first internship, it’s his chance to really observe how a professional consulting firm functions. It’s an opportunity to learn the different aspects and phases of a project, as well as how a large project is brought to fruition. Additionally, it’s a way to learn different computer drafting software programs, such as Civil3D and MicroStation.

What has been the best part of interning at Rani for Eric?  “My favorite part so far has been to be able to work with a real-life project that is relevant to myself and people in the community” said Eric. “In the past, most of the work I had done was for personal or internal reasons, so working on a public project is really exciting for me.”

How has the Rani internship prepared Eric for the future? Eric is confident that he would like to pursue becoming a Professional Engineer in civil engineering. He will be returning to the University this fall, as a junior civil engineering student. We are very proud of the work that Eric has completed while at Rani and enjoy the opportunity to continue working with interns. We wish Eric the absolute best.