STO Cares: Supporting Students
For decades, STO Building Group companies have supported dozens of students through a robust internship program where students can gain valuable hands-on experience working with experts in different departments across the organization. When COVID-19 put the world on hold, many universities shut down unexpectedly, and many companies suspended their internship programs.
But not at STO. In an effort to support students in their education and career development, the company worked hard to continue its internship program. Across the organization, STO hosted 30 interns in departments ranging from operations and estimating to human resources, IT, business development, and marketing.
“Safely maintaining our internship program at some level, even during a pandemic, was really important to us,” says Keith Lodge, Structure Tone vice president of human resources. “Our people love to work with up-and-coming generations, and this program is an important pipeline for us to find new talent across the organization.”
Despite this summer’s internship program taking place in a time where there were a lot of restrictions, STO’s intern experience was in no way limited. A handful of interns were able to visit the TSX Broadway jobsite in Times Square, one of our largest, most high-profile projects in New York. STO’s corporate marketing interns also joined the team in virtually attending the SMPS Liberty Ball, where the company won five awards.
One of Structure Tone New York’s estimating interns, Adrian Mayorga, worked on another high-profile project and says the experience was definitely worthwhile. “Interning here at Structure Tone has been an all-around notable experience,” he says. “Working with people of different backgrounds, knowledge, and experience has been beyond beneficial for me. I never thought I would go into construction, but now I can’t see myself not in it.”