Private: A Whole New World — Kind Of
Howdy, my name is Meghan De Amaral and I’m a new Business Development intern this fall at JBKnowledge, Inc. I am a graduate student at The Bush School of Government & Public Service, working towards a Master of Public Service and Administration (with a Public Policy Analysis track and a focus in Security Policy and Management) and a certificate in Homeland Security. I would talk about my hobbies, but the name of my program is already pretty long, and as a grad student, I’m just excited when I get to take naps. I was “raised” in Katy, TX, but I’m part of a military family, so it gets a little complicated.
I started as a Business Development Intern in late August of this year. You might be wondering what someone studying public administration would know about construction, and that would be essentially nothing (until about my second week here, anyway). However, as someone hoping to work in cybersecurity, it’s an awesome experience to work for a company that operates around the world and helps make other companies not only more efficient, but also more secure.
Throughout my time both at Texas A&M University and The Bush School, I’ve had the opportunity to work in a variety of capacities mostly related to marketing, communication, and project management. This internship threw me out of my comfort zone, but I quickly realized that I wasn’t the only intern here without a construction (or even a technology) background. My favorite part of this experience so far has been the ability to see the “behind the scenes” lessons in regards to both project management and corporate culture.
JBKnowledge truly strives to build a community within the company, and this trickles down to our clients — we offer them support along every step of the way just like the other interns in the office who offered me help as I learned about the bidding process, how general contractors communicate to subcontractors, and basically the entire pre-construction process. Although on the surface this field might seem entirely foreign, communication is a global element of business, and the people and products of JBKnowledge have it down to an art. Ultimately, forming connections between people, solving problems, and simply making things work better are all things I’m passionate about. I look forward to not only learning more about construction, but most importantly, skills like these that transcend all industries.