Intern Spotlight: Megan Amitrano

September 28, 2017 by Kelly Daacon

Today we will meet Megan Amitrano, a Civil intern in our San Antonio office. She’s a senior at UTSA and has lived “everywhere from the tropical island of Japan to the red-dirt-state of Oklahoma.” Let’s get to know Megan!

Hi Megan! How did you hear about BRD and what made you want to intern with us? The culture of BIG RED DOG is unmatched, and it, combined with my passion for land development, are the reasons I am so ecstatic to be asked to stick around as an intern.

Tell us something unique about yourself. I am a keeper of many hobbies and believe that a positive mental attitude can bring more joy than to just you, but also to others. To balance out the business between school and work, you can find me outside rollerblading! It may be a lost form of burning-rubber around the City, but I find it therapeutic and a fantastic way to connect with nature.

What has been most surprising about your internship so far? Every day at our firm is a surprise! I love being asked to do thing I’d never dream of tackling, as an intern. The continued challenges make each day walking through the office doors enjoyable and satisfying. I’ve never been prouder of what I do to contribute to my team.

What’s the most recent skill that you have learned during your internship? Recently, I have been trying to better cultivate my understanding of project scheduling. It not only helps develop project management skills, but also aids in achieving my personal deadlines in what must be accomplished for the success of a project.

Have any pets? I call my shadow, Miya. She is my four-years young Siberian husky and we do everything we possibly can, side-by-side. Rollerblading, 5Ks, swimming, long walks on the beach, getting into snacks- she is my girl and I am hers!

What advice do you have to future interns? The best advice I could give to a fellow or future BIG RED DOG intern is never underestimate the value of your work. Additionally, ask the question! My teammates have been so supportive in helping me find solutions to permitting, design, and more. It’s the BIG RED DOG way to help each other succeed, why not ask the question if you’ve exhausted your own resources.

Young and experienced engineers know the importance of good mentorship and development and this is why BIG RED DOG loves having interns. BIG RED DOG takes pride in these relationships and interactions because they build the strong foundation of a quality team. If you’re interested in interning at BIG RED DOG, check out the Careers page to submit your resume.

Written by Kelly Daacon

Kelly Daacon

Kelly Daacon, P.E. is the Marketing Director for BIG RED DOG, responsible for marketing, branding, design, content, and digital media initiatives for the firm. Kelly graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys running at Lady Bird Lake and hanging with his crazy dog Shiner. Kelly and his wife live in east Austin.