The PWC Connecticut Chapter works with local Southern New England colleges to pair college students with mentors in the construction profession. Through the mentorship program, students are provided the opportunity to interact with a professional in the field of the student’s interest exposing them to experiences beyond what they are learning in the classroom and from text books. The student mentees are invited to visit a site under construction and/or visit the mentor’s professional workplace. In addition to the exposure of these invaluable real-life construction and industry experiences, the mentees are encouraged to attend (without charge) programs and events offered by PWC-CT and meet industry leaders providing potential employment contacts for both the students and PWC-CT members.
Open to all college students enrolled in the following areas of study: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering, construction management, and other construction related fields.
PWC-CT members working in the professional fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering, and construction.
Having been involved with this Program for the past year I can truthfully say it has been the best decision I have made during my time here at the University of Connecticut. My mentor has assisted me with critiquing my resume, providing firsthand knowledge of his work experience, and giving me the opportunity to do some on the job training… I am very grateful for this Program and the opportunities that it has presented. I personally would like to thank the PWC organization for their assistance and would encourage students to participate as I have!
This one-on-one experience with someone currently in the field heavily influenced my decisions about what I wanted to do for my internship, my plans following undergraduate graduation, and what I wanted to pursue in this field – something I could not find within a campus organization… These are all skills and experiences I would have never learned in a classroom…
The program provides an unparalleled level of transparency into the ACE industry in the New England area. Anyone who has been involved in these industries knows how important professional relationships and networking is to a successful career… I want to take this opportunity to thank all those involved with the Professional Women in Construction organization and the PWC Mentor Program. Your influence has directly impacted my life and left me with many important relationships that I cherish to this day. For those considering the PWC Mentor Program I would highly recommend participating and staying well rounded by exploring different areas as opposed to just one career path.
When I was paired with my mentor, I had the opportunity to meet with him a handful of times, hearing topics and learning about topics students are not taught about in school. I sat in on a few meetings and visited his office to see how he operated on a daily basis…My mentors were also able to assist me in obtaining an internship between my junior and senior years, as well as, obtain a full-time position upon graduation with the a well-known engineering company. I would like to thank the PWC Mentor program for organizing their various networking events and for assisting me in growing my professional network.
Halfway through the semester Sarah brought me to my very first construction site—a parking garage project in Norwalk, CT—where I put on a hard hat, yellow vest and safety goggles and received my first real lesson on construction… PWC has had a very real and lasting impact on my career path, and I encourage young female and male students interested in the construction industry to join the mentor program like I did.
Isabel Lynch, LEED GA, E.I.T.
There are no words to describe my appreciation to the PWC –they had made my dreams come true! They gave me an opportunity to succeed in the construction industry, which is a challenging world for a woman. After receiving the generous scholarship I signed up for a Mentorship Program that is supported by PWC. It was through this Program that I began to build the all-important relationships that are necessary to succeed in the business world.
Going into the program, I knew it would be challenging to balance school, work, and my internship. I’m glad I participated in this program because I met great leaders and learned a lot about my future career.