Intern Spotlight: Sam Donnelly

October 26, 2017 by Kelly Daacon

Today on the Intern Spotlight we’ll meet Sam Donnelly, a Civil intern in the Houston office.

Hey, Sam! Where are you from and where do you go to school? I’m from Perth, Australia and am currently studying Civil Engineering at the University of Houston.

How did you hear about BIG RED DOG and what made you want to intern with us? I heard about Big Red Dog through a good friend Shaun Theriot-Smith. A few conversations Shaun and I had really piqued my interest in Big Red Dog. The culture of Big Red Dog was something I wanted to be a part of. I wanted an internship that would challenge me, but also be place that I would enjoy spending my time.  Big Red Dog and the people who work here definitely exceeded my expectations.

What has been most surprising about your internship at BRD so far? How wide the range of projects are. In my first week I worked on three different projects and all three were in different markets, different cities, and one was in a different state.

Have you learned anything cool or interesting through your internship so far? Last week I learned how to create a water model using EPAnet software. It was something I had never done before, on a software I had never used before, but by asking for help my coworkers and I were able to figure it out together and now we all know how the software works.

What advice do you have to future interns? The advice I would give to future interns is to not be afraid to ask questions. From my experience Big Red Dog has a very collaborative culture where anyone in the office will help you out as long as you ask.

Tell us something unique about yourself. I have been playing Australian Football for the past four years with the Houston Lonestars Australian Football Club.

Australians like to travel, right? Have you been on any awesome travel adventures recently? Grey, Western Australia. It is so far from any other town that it is truly a sanctuary. The beaches are some of the most incredible I have ever visited. There are also islands that are home to sea lion colonies and some of the best undisturbed reef systems I have seen. Snorkeling with seals is an experience I will never forget.

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.