We offer a range of events and they are a great way to get involved and get first hand experience and knowledge. One of our main events are discovery days.
What is a discovery day?
4 in 10 girls say they don’t get enough practical experience. A discovery experience is a great way to see the infrastructure industry close up and get hands on experience in the fields of ACE. Often times they will include lunch and learns, field trips, dinners and other valuable networking opportunities. The main way we offer discovery days is through on site visits or interactive events with the buildgirls team.
Here are a few benefits of completing a discovery experience in high school:
You’ll learn more about a career (or careers), which can help you solidify your plans for the future. You gain hands-on experience that can be valuable for future employers. Being able to identify your strengths and weaknesses in a work environment will give you a jumpstart when it comes to your personal and professional development. Networking with employers and leaders in your career field of interest allows you to build valuable relationships that may jumpstart your career later. A Discovery Experience is impressive to not only future employers, but to colleges and universities as well. This shows that you’re motivated, dedicated, and genuinely interested in your chosen field. Not every internship is perfect. At the very least, internships let you explore other career options and see how you react to different management styles.
Hensel Phelps Discovery Day
Hensel Phelps | Washington, D.C.
Hensel phelps hosted a buildgirls discovery day at one of their main offices in maryland. They discussed and taught the attendees about their upcoming plans for their new project at NIH and their previous project at BWI airport.
Shimmick Discovery Day
Shimmick Construction | San Francisco, CA
Shimmick is a leading infrastructure company focused on water and transportation projects. Shimmick has a strong commitment to Women in Construction and is excited to participate with buildgirls.org in furthering its mission to increase awareness of the industry to high school females. Shimmick hosted a buildgirls discovery day over the summer and the attendees got to go on the golden gate bridge and expire a construction site firsthand.
First Junior Habitat For Humanity Discovery Day
Maryland | Bethesda
Habitat for is an amazing organization that helps underprivileged communities and families build affordable homes. They do this through various projects that use volunteers and specialists to build these homes. They have a women build program that is specific to having women be proactive in helping their communities by building various houses and building up communities. But all of their programs are for people who are 18 or older so buildgirls decided to do a joint event with them and have the first ever juniors women build event.
Second Annual Junior Habitat For Humanity Discovery Day
Maryland | Germantown
Buildgirls hosted its second annual junior women build event with habitat for humanity. During this event we helped refurbish a school that was no longer in use but was being reconstructed and re done so it could be used in the coming year.