Summer 2020 Internship Recap: Cristina and Sam

by | Aug 6, 2020 | Blog Post

Internships are a great way to get an accurate idea of what it’s like to work in a particular industry. Architecture is no exception! Kluber Architects + Engineers happily invites both architectural and engineering interns to the firm to offer them insight into the industry.

This summer, we were fortunate enough to have two talented architecture interns join the Kluber team. Together, they have added an extra layer of creativity and resourcefulness to each of our projects.

Without further ado, let’s meet Cristina, one of our architectural interns!

Cristina Dekker – Architectural Intern

Cristina - Kluber Architects - Internship

Tell us a little about yourself. What are you majoring in, and why did you decide to take that path?

My name is Cristina Dekker and I am going into my third year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. When I started my first year at UIUC, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. I had been leaning towards engineering and was signed up for calculus, physics, and chemistry my first semester. Two days before classes started I dropped physics and chemistry, deciding I was not very interested in taking those classes, and needed credits to fill.

I decided to take the first architecture class offered at the university and immediately loved it. I declared architecture as my major that spring and have been extremely happy with my decision ever since! 

What is your favorite project that you worked on this summer?

My favorite project would have to be the Glenview Metra station roof repair. For this project we were able to do a site visit to take notes of the current conditions which was a really great experience.

Aside from the Glenview Metra Station, what are some other projects you’ve worked on?

Another project I really enjoyed was the LaSalle Veterans Home isolation rooms. I joined this project in the later stages, but was able to see it through to the end which was a great feeling. I also took on evacuation plans for the buildings in the Oswego School District which helped me further develop my AutoCAD skills.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship?

The most important thing I learned during my time at Kluber was that I chose the right career path. The classes can teach me the content that I need to know, but this internship has given me a glimpse into the reality of the profession. This is something that the classes at school are not able to offer.

What have you enjoyed the most about working at Kluber?

The part I enjoyed most about my internship was by far the team of amazing individuals. It has been the biggest pleasure being a part of this team and I have loved every second of my experience at Kluber.

Cristina’s unique perspective and positive attitude have been tremendous assets to Kluber. She’s added so much value and energy to our team, and we’ve been lucky to have her!

Let’s take some time to learn about Sam, our second architectural intern for the summer of 2020:

Samantha Frantik – Architectural Intern

Sam - Kluber Architects - Internship

Tell us a little about yourself. What are you majoring in, and why did you decide to take that path?

My name is Samantha Frantik and I am from Oswego, IL.  I am majoring in architecture at Iowa State University. I chose architecture because I always loved art, but I also had an affinity for math and science, so in architecture I found the perfect balance of all three. In my free time I enjoy calligraphy and painting.  

What is your favorite project that you worked on this summer?

My favorite project I have worked on this summer has been the Cultivation Center. This project has shown me what architecture is in practice. It has been great to be on a project and see it grow from schematic design through construction documents and be a part of the process. Designing the exterior of the building and having it approved by the city was a highlight for me this summer. 

Aside from the one above, what are some other projects you’ve worked on?

In addition to the cultivation center, I have worked on the Copley Hospital renovation, upcoming cultivation center projects, Glenview Fire and Train Stations, as well as lending a hand on work in my own school district. Going to Glenview for an existing conditions survey was another big highlight of my internship this summer. 

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship?

One of the most important things I have learned this summer at Kluber is how engineers and architects can work together to help each other more effectively design spaces.

What have you enjoyed the most about working at Kluber?

This summer I enjoyed gaining experience in the field and trying new things, but really the best part of working at Kluber has been the camaraderie and being part of this team.

Sam has been a breath of fresh air for the architectural team. Her creativity and attention to detail has inspired all team members to take their work to the next level. We’ll certainly miss her this fall!

At Kluber, we’re proud to offer a culture of learning. Whether you have worked at the firm for one month or ten years, each day is a little different and we’re always learning something new. Having Cristina and Sam on the team has added to this culture of learning and inspired us to take new projects on with a fresh perspective. We wish them nothing but the best as they prepare for the fall 2020 semester!

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