My Summer at BIG RED DOG

August 23, 2013 by Elizabeth Harwood

When I first committed to working with Big Red Dog this summer, I had no idea what to expect. It was just beginning to really make a name for itself around Austin, but the descriptions I had been hearing seemed more applicable to a marketing firm, or an internet startup. Young, fresh, innovative. Needless to say, I was intrigued and excited to see what Big Red Dog was all about.

My first week was a whirlwind of new experiences. Instead of subjecting me to a typical snooze-fest of intern “orientation activities”, I was plunged straight into the deep end, quickly learning that in the field of land development, the most important skills to have are communication, prioritization, and flexibility. Most assignments came at me quickly, but it was great fun learning the ropes and helping out the project engineers and partners alike and getting real exposure to projects through research and design.

The people I’ve met during my time here would be better characterized as a diverse group of friends than my “colleagues”, with all of the stiffness and distance that the term usually implies.  Even in this dynamic, sometimes frenetic office environment, people took the time to be responsive to my questions, putting me at ease and allowing me to make mistakes, work through issues, and get helpful feedback. The firm culture and leadership style fostered open communication and collaboration, a perfect environment to learn and explore as an intern.

It didn’t take me long to figure out why Big Red Dog has been making waves on the Austin Land Development scene – becoming a strong contender in just four years and practically doubling in size in the past year alone. Their success is directly attributable to the quality of the employees who work here. Big Red Dog has made it a point to seek out individuals who not only are highly skilled but also follow the values that the firm espouses – passion for your work, a commitment to excellence, and a sense of humor.

My summer with Big Red Dog has challenged me, taught me things I couldn’t even hope to learn in the classroom, given me a new perspectives on work and business, and exceeded my expectations. I predict that in the coming years they will continue to rise to new heights, and the experience I have gained this summer will help me to do the same.

-Elizabeth Harwood

Rice University 2014

Written by Elizabeth Harwood

Elizabeth Harwood

Elizabeth Harwood was an intern for BIG RED DOG. To learn more about joining our team, visit