Stantec, a Baton Rouge engineering and design firm, recently extended a full-time internship opportunity to Elvis Richard Jr. Richard is a senior at Scotlandville Magnet High School and aspires to be an engineer.
Richard was first introduced to Stantec through UREC’s North Baton Rouge Youth Development Program (NBR) two years ago. Through the NBR program, he was afforded the opportunity to job shadow and receive direct professional mentorship from engineers at Stantec.
The exposure has resulted in significant growth for Richard, who says he is more disciplined and serious about his future as a result of the opportunities he has received. He also has great respect and appreciation for his Stantec mentors for pointing him in the right direction.
Since 2014, Stantec Engineer Matthew Davis has supervised Richard, ensuring that his understudy obtains the technical and soft skills needed to be competitive. Similarly, Stantec Project Manager Joseph Cains III serves as the company’s NBR liaison; he holds Richard accountable on researching colleges and scholarship opportunities.
“It builds you up. It motivates you to be successful because I wasn’t on the right track,” Richard said of his Stantec opportunities.
As a result of the experiences, Richard improved his presentation and technical writing skills. He also leveraged his NBR experience to grow his relationship with Stantec.
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