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After working more than four months at the company over three school breaks, Jennifer Langoski ’03 (North Brunswick, N.J.), a double major in civil engineering and French, has been offered a full-time job at Van Note-Harvey Associates, P.C. in Princeton, N.J.

Langoski says she is seriously considering the offer, but also is examining opportunities with other companies. Regardless of her decision, she feels well prepared for the work force by her Lafayette experience.

“Lafayette provides a solid educational background, both in knowledge gained and experiences with various group projects (working with others, meeting deadlines) and extracurricular activities,” says Langoski, a Trustee Scholarship recipient. “Since it is a small school, students have many more opportunities to receive personal attention from professors and advisers, which aids in the learning experience. During all of my interviews, potential employers have been impressed with the complexity of projects I have completed in class, and how they parallel projects that are completed by the various firms.”

Langoski discovered the opportunity to intern at Van-Note Harvey at a civil engineering job fair co-sponsored by Lafayette. She worked on a variety of projects at the company during summer 2001, January 2002, and summer 2002.

“I designed the location of a sanitary sewer force main in plan and profile views, plotted detail drawings, and edited existing drawings according to markups,” she explains. “I calculated the amount of impervious cover and earthwork for various sites, and performed quantity take-offs for cost and bond estimates. When necessary, I created proposals, ordinances, and letters to clients, and completed Treatment Works Approval applications for the various projects on which I worked. I also checked submitted plans for proper calculations. I spent the two weeks in January annotating and reviewing tax maps for the City of Trenton.”

Langoski found all of her experiences with the company interesting.

“The whole experience of working was great,” she says. “I especially enjoyed seeing how the knowledge I had gained in school was applied to real-world projects. I learned new techniques and different ways of doing things.”

Langoski most enjoyed working on the force main location.

“I was given certain limitations as to minimum ground cover and proximity to existing utilities, and from there, it was a personal judgment on my part as to where the pipe would be laid,” she says. “My work was checked by one of the professional engineers, but ultimately, it was my decision.”

The internship taught Langoski how to work with many different groups of co-workers, she adds.

Name to the dean’s list throughout her Lafayette career, Langoski was a member of the team that finished just one point shy of first place among seven schools competing in the Pennsylvania-Delaware Region of the 2002 National Concrete Canoe Competition. She is secretary for the student chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of Society of Women Engineers. Langoski also is a member of Le Cercle Français (French club) and College Orchestra, a peer tutor in French, a college tour guide, an usher at Lafayette’s Williams Center for the Arts, a resident of the French-German living floor in Keefe Hall, and secretary of Newman Association.

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