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It’s no disadvantage to Jon Grabowski ’02 (West Orange, N.J.) that his internship isn’t with a large corporation. The civil and environmental engineering major is working for Omland Engineering Associates, Inc. in Cedar Knolls, N.J. this summer.

“It’s unlike many of the companies my fellow classmates are working at,” he says. “Omland is a small firm with only 14 people. When deciding on an internship this summer, I felt Omland would be a good choice because of its size. At a smaller firm, I am constantly bombarded with new tasks every day that one may not find at a larger firm that is more oriented toward specialization.”

One of the most valuable lessons Grabowski has learned on the job is the importance of presentation in the business world. “Every drawing detail must be precise, legible, and clear so that it can be understood when the project is actually being built in the field,” he explains.

Omland often deals with the Grabowski family’s business, Grabowski Construction, for whom the student had worked in the field the previous two summers. “Now I am experiencing the design aspect of the industry,” he says. “Although my career plans are uncertain, Omland Engineering is an inviting opportunity because it gives me a chance to contribute to a growing company.”

The internship started at the beginning of June and will conclude right before the fall semester begins in late August.

Grabowski recorded 12 goals and seven assists as a member of the 2000-01 Lafayette ice hockey club team, which won the Delaware Valley College Hockey Conference championship. In his Lafayette career, he has scored 29 goals and 32 assists in 63 games.

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