Back to school, back to school…

Back to school, back to school…

Well, we are at that point in the summer when it is slowly but surely nearing the end of barbecues, yard games, sunny days, boat rides, and last but not least, our interns. That’s right, here at Karvakko, not only do we say goodbye to our favorite summer activities, but to our interns, too.

KE has been fortunate to partner up with both Bemidji State University (Nielson Foundation) and Scitechsperience to offer internship opportunities to college students who are interested in our field of work. Ever since inception, Karvakko has had a number of interns. Something noteworthy is that currently there are 3 employees working full time who started as interns. So maybe you’re looking into getting an internship, but thinking to yourself, “but I’m not going to school for civil engineering…”

Breaking news: it doesn’t matter!

Out of those 3 former interns: one is a civil engineer, another as a project manager, and then myself as the business development coordinator. And then if you add into the mix our sister company, RRA (formerly Richard Rude Architecture), that adds another area of focus.

This summer, we were graced with 3 awesome interns. Brian, Cori, and Zach.

Brian Oakes is originally from Bemidji and has been an office intern and also a field intern over the last two summers. Brian has done things such as going out on jobs with the survey crews, to making marketing materials with his unbelievable creative side, to everything in between. He has just recently headed back to Tennessee where he is studying Audio Engineering at Belmont University in Nashville.

Cori Treat also graduated from Bemidji High School and now currently attends the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, majoring in civil engineering with an emphasis in structures. She said she chose civil engineering because she wanted to be able to design buildings and bridges. From this internship, she said she not only greatly improved her CAD drafting skills, but also was able to first hand watch projects be built which helped her learn about the construction process and how plans are implemented in real life.

My favorite part about interning at Karvakko was the people I was able to work with.  There is a very positive atmosphere here, and everyone was always very helpful when I had any questions.  Everyone is very knowledgeable in their field, so I know I can trust what I have learned here.  -Cori Treat

Zach Thoma is from Bagley. He started class again this week at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks studying civil engineering. Zach said when deciding about what type of engineering he wanted to do, civil was a good fit because he’s interested in the environmental aspects of civil engineering. During his summer with us, Zach says he’s learned not only about civil, but all components that go into the process of a project: from the business side with bidding it out, to the design phase, to the inspection of construction, all the way down to closing out a project.

My favorite part about this internship was the atmosphere around the office. It was nice to be able to talk to anyone that’s around. No one made you feel stupid for asking simple questions (or a lot of them!) and if they couldn’t answer it, they would help you find the answer. There was never a time that I didn’t feel comfortable asking someone something. – Zach Thoma



Zach working alongside project manager/engineer Suyi Hou in Minot, ND on a 15 mile long project on US hwy 2

We are very proud of our internship program here at Karvakko. It provides opportunity and growth for college students interested in our field of work, and also provides us with young talent that we strive to keep in the community. Wishing our interns best of luck back at school this fall!


-Paige Tompkins
Business Development Coordinator


Karvakko Engineering and RRA have officially merged into one firm--Karvakko. We’re more than just engineering.