LFA Hires Velazquez for Summer Internship
LFA welcomes Civil Engineering Intern Ruben Velazquez to the team this summer as he begins to round out his senior year at Purdue University–Fort Wayne. Velazquez, a civil engineering major, became interested in engineering his sophomore year at South Bend’s James Whitcomb Riley High School when he entered its engineering magnet program and teacher Ben Brubaker turned him on to civil engineering and architecture.
“I decided that civil engineering sounded like a good fit for me so I’ve pursued that ever since,” he said.
Velazquez said he chose to work for LFA because of its moderate size and community involvement. “I like that it’s smaller. It feels a lot more like a family than other companies,” he said.
This summer, Velazquez, who lives with family in South Bend, said he is most interested in learning the day-to-day operations of his chosen profession. “I’m looking forward to gaining experience with what I’ll be doing in the future: who we work with, how it all functions together,” he said.
This isn’t Velazquez’ first internship, either. Past summers he has worked for public food growing organization The Unity Gardens Inc., and Notre Dame’s Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) developing public housing by researching available local properties as they relate to housing plans and residents’ expectations.
In his free time, Velazquez is a serious lifter. “All I do in my free time is go to the gym and eat a lot of food,” he said. “But I’m always looking for new things to do and try around here!”
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