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Construction/Engineering Student Intern & Co-op

JP Cullen has a reputation of offering a strong intern and co-op experience.  We believe our interns and co-ops should be offered an experience as true to real life as we can make it.  We know that if we offer students a challenging experience with a sense of accomplishment, our return will be a good pool of tested employees we can look at when we need to hire for permanent positions.

Responsibilities for any intern and co-op position will depend on the actual assignment, but will include:

  • Field Assignments and Assistant Project Management Assignments: If your assignment is with a Project Manager or on a jobsite with a Superintendent, we will give you as much responsibility as you can show us you will handle.  Work in this position varies depending on the specific needs of whomever you are working for but will expose you to almost all aspects of work in the field.  Specific work assignments may include:
    • Shop Drawings – You may be assigned to expedite, review, and coordinate shop drawings and submittals for projects under construction.
    • Drawing Updates – You will incorporate revisions to contract documents as necessary to keep jobsite or office copies “up to date”. This will involve “posting” of construction change bulletins on blueprints and in specifications.
    • Change Orders – You may assist in organizing and estimating change order work for projects under construction. This will include contacting subcontractors to get their pricing, estimating quantities for Cullen’s work, comparing changed work to original takeoff, and helping the Project Manager put together a complete cost proposal.
    • RFIs (Requests for Information) – You may be asked to evaluate problems in the field, or discrepancies and problems with the drawings. You would determine the cause of the problem, document it, produce sketches for clarification, and submit RFI’s to the designer.  Then you would follow through to make sure the issue is resolved, and the answer gets to the field to not delay construction.
    • Scheduling – Using Primavera’s P6 scheduling program (or similar), you may be assigned to update, print, and distribute schedules for project. This would involve direct conversation with the responsible superintendent and with subcontractors for data input.
    • Drawings – You will produce miscellaneous sketches and drawings as requested by the Project Manager or Superintendent. These may include formwork, embed locations, miscellaneous metal items, site layouts, etc.  Drawings are usually done for the field and are intended to translate difficult drawing information into something the field can use to build.  May be done with paper and pencil or with a CAD program.
    • Project Closeout – You will prepare project closeout documents, which will include updating “as-built” information on the contract drawings and organization of record documents and warranties. You will expedite warranty and O&M manual submissions from subcontractors.
    • Coordination Meetings – The Superintendent may want you to prepare an agenda for and participate in weekly jobsite meetings where schedule is discussed in detail and subcontractors coordinate their work. You would produce minutes from those meetings and follow up that subcontractors meet their commitments
    • Monitoring Subcontractors – You may work with subcontractors to monitor their work, ensure they will make their schedules, monitor their manpower, and monitor/inspect the quality of their work and compliance with specifications and drawings.
    • Deliveries – You may be procuring materials for the project. With direction from the Project Manager or Superintendent, you would set up a log, prepare a delivery schedule, find problems, visit suppliers, track shipments, check materials, and make sure they are labeled and stored properly.
    • Backcharge Tickets and Extra Work Tickets – You may prepare summaries of labor and material costs for backcharge or extra work, provide appropriate explanations and get agreements and signatures from subcontractors and owners.


About JP Cullen

JP Cullen is a fifth-generation, family-owned, full-service construction management firm that specializes in budgeting, planning and constructing the tough jobs. Our clients recognize JP Cullen as experts at working within active construction sites where safety is of the utmost importance, discovering solutions for something that was said could not be done, and delivering projects on time, on budget, the right way, the first time. By tackling the toughest projects JP Cullen has created an expertise that is unrivaled.

While many things have changed over the course of 129 years, the JP Cullen values, which guide our decision making and create a sense of community, have not. We believe that our team and values are the greatest assets to our company culture. Our company is powered by individuals whose personal values drive to make a difference.

JP Cullen was ranked the Largest Construction Manager at Risk in Wisconsin by ENR magazine, and has been recognized as a “Top Workplace” for four consecutive years by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The company has offices in Janesville, Milwaukee and Madison areas.

JP Cullen is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer. We promote diversity by proactively recruiting, hiring, and promoting women, minorities, disabled individuals, and veterans. JP Cullen provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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