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COVID-19 Effects on Student Internships in the Construction Industry: Experiences from Georgia and Oklahoma

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 5

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Architectural Engineering and Construction Engineering

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Sanjeev Adhikari Kennesaw State University

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Dr. Sanjeev Adhikari is faculty from Kennesaw State University. Previously he was faculty at Morehead State University from 2009 to 2016 and faculty at Purdue University – Indianapolis from 2016 to 2019. He has completed Ph.D. degree in civil engineering, focusing on construction management from Michigan Technological University in 2008. He has an extensive teaching background with a total of 18 years academic experience at five different universities. He has always been praised by students and department for his outstanding teaching and research excellence. To supplement his teaching and research, he has been involved in numerous professional societies, including ASCE, ACI, ASEE, ASC, ATMAE and TRB. His research output has been well disseminated as he has published thirty journal papers and thirty-nine conference papers. His research interests are 1) Creating Innovative Sustainable Materials, 2) Structural BIM Integration, 3) 4D/5D BIM, 4) Virtual Testing Lab, 5) Innovative Construction Demolition, and 6) Carbon Footprint Analysis on Roadways.

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Rachel Mosier P.E. Oklahoma State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Rachel Mosier is an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University, with a background in structural engineering and project management. Dr. Mosier has received regional and international teaching awards through the Associated Schools of Construction. Research interests include the cost of sustainable construction to owners and engineering education.

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Heather N. Yates Oklahoma State University

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Dr. Yates joined the Oklahoma State University Construction Faculty in 2006 as an Assistant Professor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from the OSU Construction Management Department in 1998. She graduated with a Masters of Engineering Technology from Pittsburg State University in 2002. She also earned a Specialist in Education Degree from Pittsburg State University in 2006. In 2010 she was promoted to Associate Professor. She completed her Doctorate in Higher Education from OSU in 2012 where she focused her research on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. She accepted the position as Program Coordinator of Construction Engineering Technology at OSU in 2013.

Dr. Yates began her teaching career at Pittsburg State University in 2002, and has taught numerous construction courses throughout her academic career including: Construction Drawings, Concrete Technology, Estimating I, Strength of Materials in Construction, Structures I, Construction Contracts, and Capstone courses. She received the Halliburton Excellent Young Teacher Award in 2008, and the CEAT Advisor of the Year in 2010. Dr. Yates served as the Associated Schools of Construction Region 5 Director from 2014-17, ASC International Secretary from 2018-20, and was named CMAA Educator of the Year in 2019. She was also Elected ASC International 2nd Vice-President.

She also enjoys sharing her passion for increasing the recruitment and retention of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through local, national, and international presentations. Additionally, she speaks on charting your own path in college, navigating your future, teaching technology to the new generation, and international experiences.

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This research project is to determine how the student internships have been affected by the COVID-19. The paper examines student internships in the construction industry experiences from Georgia and Oklahoma. This research evaluates internship requirements, the challenge of getting internships, safety measures in the work environment, and identifies construction experience perceptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students were surveyed to provide information about how internships have been affected during this time. The results of the survey are used to predict how future economic changes would affect internships. An online survey instrument was created to circulate among construction students to a) evaluate internships experience during COVID-19, b) identify adaptation of working environment in the office and field, c) use of additional safety measures, d) identify any project changes due to COVID-19, and e) describe their role of the COVID-19 response team. The results of the student internships activity are analyzed to examine the changes associated with their previous internships before COVID-19 versus their internship during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two states, Georgia and Oklahoma, are compared with students' respondent perspectives. Additionally, insights into external views of the media or political background are identified in the students' responses.

Keywords: COVID-19, Student internships, Construction industry, Safety measures, Work environment

Adhikari, S., & Mosier, R., & Yates, H. N. (2021, July), COVID-19 Effects on Student Internships in the Construction Industry: Experiences from Georgia and Oklahoma Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36858

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