Four seniors fulfill internships for same company

WCU students (from left, sitting) Joe Frederick, Sean Webb and Tim Sylva meet with Andrew Sapienza, southeast district human resources manager for Kiewit. Not pictured is student William Earley.

Four seniors from Western Carolina University’s Construction Management Program found themselves fulfilling internships this summer for the same Peachtree City, Georgia-based business – Kiewit Infrastructure South Co., a construction firm that is part of the Fortune 500 contracting giant Kiewit Corp.

Tim Sylva of Jackson and Joe Frederick of Rockingham have been working in New Carlisle, Indiana, on the St. Joseph Energy Center, a power plant construction project, with Sylva performing steel work and Frederick involved in pipe work on a power generation turbine. Sean Webb of Bryson City and William Earley of Cherokee have been working for Kiewit at the Lackawanna Energy Center, a power plant project in Jessup, Pennsylvania. Webb has been assigned to concrete operations while Earley has been involved in earth-moving and civil work, said George Ford, associate professor and interim director of WCU’s Kimmel School of Construction Management.

Ford traveled to Atlanta in July to meet with the WCU students and with Andrew Sapienza, southeast district human resources manager for Kiewit, and to learn about the company’s internship program. Sapienza is a member of the Construction Management Program’s advisory committee.

“The experience our students gain in their paid internships will enhance their classroom work to better prepare them for their jobs after graduation,” Ford said.