My First Week at my Safety Internship
By Yasmin E.
This week, I start my internship at Sound Transit! Sound Transit is a public transit agency that operates light rail service and regional commuter rails. It is an exciting time to work for Sound Transit, due to the recent passing of ST3 in 2016, which enables more growth and expansion for Sound Transit. I will work primarily with the Safety and Quality Assurance department, where I will work alongside Safety Assurance Specialists. I will also occasionally work with the EHS department.
I initially interviewed with Sound Transit at the end of April. What drew me to this internship was the unique duties compared to other internships within my field. Prior to this internship, my background included working in a research lab and doing work that is very specialized for the lab. I applied with the hope that this experience will allow me to have a taste of working on environmental health within public transit.
My interview in April consisted of a panel of 4 interviewers at the Union Station in Seattle’s International District. During the interview, I talked about my experiences in classes focused on construction/occupational safety, as they were the most relevant to this internship. I also talked about my experiences working on a team. I was confident that my past experiences and interests fit what Sound Transit was looking for in an intern. Right after the interview, I received an offer and follow up instructions, and was on my way to prepare for this position!
During my time at Sound Transit I will work directly with a Safety Assurance Specialist and will assist with organizing potential hazards. During my time, I will familiarize myself with a master log as well as safety certifications that pertain to current and upcoming construction sites. I will also have opportunities to do “safety walks” and visit the construction sites as well. Occasionally I will also shadow the Industrial Hygienists and the EHS team to learn more about their roles in industry.
I am very excited about being able to use the education and experiences UW provided me and apply it to give back to my community! I’m also very interested in looking at how people with a variety of past education and experiences come together and solve issues relating to hazards in transit planning. My mentor and supervisor are extremely helpful and willingly to make this a fulfilling internship.