Howell Kline Surveying and D. L. Howell and Associates is proud to be able to continue the tradition of the Summer Job.
I am sure most if not all of us held summer jobs while in High School or College. I am pretty certain that we all look back on those jobs with varying degrees of fondness. I know I had some summer jobs that really peaked my interest while others solidified the realization that "there is no way I could do that for the rest of my life". And that is exactly the point of the summer job. By working in a new environment with adults, learning new skills, trying different tasks, and "seeing what the real world is like" young people can begin to explore the wider world outside the classroom.
But the benefits aren't all one sided. A big benefit we discovered to hiring young people for the summer is the wealth of knowledge they bring, particularly in the technology and connectivity spheres. A prime example was when one of our interns was able to pull the address information from our job list and create a company accessible link which showed all the jobs on an interactive map. This very useful tool was something we had thought about doing for quite a while but had not undertaken due to the perceived complexity.
Howell Kline Surveying was lucky enough to have four students working with us this year. One is a Civil Engineering major in his sophomore year at Penn State Main Campus who stated, "Working at D.L. Howell was a great place for me to test the waters of the real world before I cannonball straight in after college; and gave me a wealth of knowledge and experience that will stay with me forever". This student was very involved with an ongoing cemetery survey and inventory project.
Another is a high school senior who started with us through West Chester Area School Districts Learn to Earn program where students intern for a month as part of their graduation requirements. This student came back after the Learn to Earn Program and worked part time throughout the summer as a field surveyor and assisted the D.L. Howell unmanned aerial vehicle operator, taking aerial photographs of ongoing construction projects, which led to the student pursuing and obtaining his UAV Operators License.
The third is a high school student from Downingtown Area High School who began interning to fulfill part of his graduation project requirements and has continued as a part-time summer worker.
The fourth is entering his Freshman year at Drexel University to study Civil Engineering. This student worked closely with the D.L. Howell Environmental staff and also worked as a field surveyor.
D.L. Howell and Howell Kline Surveying are happy to have provided the opportunity to these fine young people. They may or may not come away from the experience deciding to pursue civil engineering or land surveying as a career, and that is ok. I can assure you they have gained some valuable life experience and will take away at least a story or two that will last a lifetime.