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Press Release: Record 12 Summer Interns at Fleis & VandenBrink

Fleis & VandenBrink had a record 12 interns this summer.

The full-service engineering and architectural firm, headquartered in Grand Rapids, had two returnees in Blake Nichols and Megan Manes.

“This is a win-win for students and our firm,” said F&V vice-president Paul R. Galdes, PE. “Prospective engineering students get real-world experiences they can’t find in a textbook and we get the opportunity to see if he or she has what it takes to become an engineer.

“We also get a sneak peek at their work ethic and glimpse of where they could possibly help our firm down the road.”

Galdes said the internship program at F&V has been expanding and the quality of students has been growing.

“With a record amount of work F&V has this year, we were able to provide very meaningful work, mentorship and supervision to contribute to our interns’ growth,” Galdes added. “And you could see the excitement in our staff working with some very bright interns.”

Nichols continued his development with our West Michigan Services Group in Kalamazoo. The Western Michigan University civil engineering student is expected to graduate this year.

Manes, a Trine University chemical engineering student, returned as an operations intern at Huntington, Indiana.

Four interns were hired to help in the Grand Rapids office. They were Stephanie Fierens, Tobias Buth, Jason DeVries and Peter Tierney. Fierens and Buth were part of the Water Resources Group.

Fierens is expected to graduate this year from Michigan State University’s environmental engineering program. Buth is a University of Michigan environmental engineering major with a minor in sustainable engineering

DeVries is a junior at Grand Valley State University, majoring in accounting. Tierney is a University of Dayton sophomore civil engineering student.

Two recent Midland High graduates, Payton DeWildt and Levi Schlafley-Gromaski worked in the Midland office. DeWildt is a freshman this fall at Lawrence Tech working on a mechanical engineering degree,
Schlafley-Gromaski will study mechanical engineering at Saginaw Valley State University this fall

Olivia Titus was a part-time intern at the Muskegon office.

Three interns were hired at the Indianapolis office. They were Josh Goodmon, Randy Smiley and Melissa Arbelaez.

“With their support, we were able to assist a large number of Indiana communities submit funding applications,” said Troy Stahl, F&V principal and senior project manager in Indiana.

Goodmon will graduate from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in December with a construction management degree. Smiley is a construction engineering management technology major at IUPUI. Arbelaez is a second-year civil engineering student at Rose-Human Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

In 2016, F&V was recognized as a Zweig Group Hot Firm, 70th in the nation and one of West Michigan’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” It has nine offices in Michigan and Indiana.

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