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Central Houston Design Intern Builds Confidence Through Experience!

This guest post was written by Cari, about her intern experience with us this summer. 

I am a Junior at Texas Tech University, majoring in Landscape Architecture and this is my first internship! The program at Yellowstone Landscape has helped me develop field knowledge giving me a solid foundation for school and my professional career in the future.

Working under Bryn Coubrough, Landscape Designer at the Central Houston Branch, has been a fun and educational experience.  From learning quick and efficient ways to use programs like photoshop, to plant identification of new materials at the plant nursery and tree farm, and shadowing meetings held with board members of HOAs, it was easy to apply my new knowledge to my intern project, Landpark!

Landpark is a commercial office building property located near the southside of Houston, TX.  The client wanted a complete redesign of the outdoor areas and I did everything from measuring the property during the site visit, creating a series of 3D photoshop renderings, and developing the AutoCAD plans.  Being responsible for designing a property for a “real” client is an exciting experience.  This project allowed me to make educated decisions with confidence, knowing that I am proposing a functional, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable design for the property.

I feel fortunate to have spent this summer working with Yellowstone Landscape.  This company, and the people in this work community have taught me a lot of things that will help me as I pursue my career, but they have also provided experiences that will help me throughout my life.

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Software Intern Learns the Importance of Good Communication!

This guest post was written by Steven, about his intern experience with us this summer. 

As a senior at the University of Florida, majoring in Information Systems, I went into this internship with no knowledge of what a landscape company does or a desire to work in the industry. Accepting this internship is one of the best decisions I have made to build my skillset for a professional career. I was unsure of which industry to enter postgraduate but interning with Yellowstone Landscape has taught me that I can go into any type of industry and succeed, no matter how uncertain I may be.

Throughout my internship I worked on a special project relating to the rollout of a new company-wide software program and the challenges that come with it. I was involved in researching challenges that came with the rollout of this software and finding solutions for improvements. While working on this project I met with all users including; Branch, Business Development, Account, and Office Managers, and various supervisors. This was a great opportunity to learn the ups and downs of implementing a new information system, while hearing the perspectives of upper management all the way to the field workers. This gave me a better understanding of how my actions and the implementation of an information system is perceived and affects the users. I also learned the challenges of implementing a new system and how to manage them to positively impact the employees and the company. My greatest take-away is the importance of communication. When implementing a new system, you must be willing to receive feedback, both positive and negative, to develop improvements and make the system user friendly.

As an Information Systems major, I imagined my entire time would be spent in an office behind a computer, but I was wrong! On several occasions I was given the opportunity to do field work, which got me out of the office, and gave me a better perspective of the work behind the numbers and data loaded into the system. This experience added to the versatility of my internship. It has also taught me when considering a career after graduation, to look for a position that includes diverse responsibilities and opportunities in different areas of a company.

This internship taught me how to utilize the tools and problem-solving skills learned in the classroom in an efficient and professional manner. I also developed a lot of my soft skills, especially communication, and I could not be more grateful for the experience and opportunities I have been provided by Yellowstone Landscape!

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Summer Interns Gather in Florida

 

Our annual intern symposium was held earlier this past week. Interns from across the South and Southwest regions joined us for this special event that was created just for them. Our program integrated this fun and exciting feature so that they could learn more about our Field Support Office and get to know each other face to face. 

Our symposium gave our interns the basic essence of what our company is. We gave them a sense of what it is like to work here at Yellowstone Landscape. They had the opportunity to see what our teams do at our corporate offices, as well as out in the field. They also had the experience to get their hands dirty and work directly in the field for the company’s community service project located in Palm Coast, Florida. This project consisted of helping an elementary school renovate their garden by cleaning out their beds for new seeds to be planted.

Our interns toured our headquarters as well as a local resort property that we work on. They got to see what our employees out in the field do on a day to day basis and were able to learn a little bit more about their tasks. In addition, some members of our leadership team gave our interns presentations on how to be successful in the workforce, as well as on the field we work on.

These fieldtrips were implemented to our program with the purpose of enhancing our intern’s exposure to the horticultural environment. We believe that these kinds of activities help them reach their maximum potential while also improving their professional development and communication skills.

Our internship program is designed in a way that will help our interns develop professionally not only as a student, but when they are ready to go into the work force after graduation. We pride ourselves on how we nurture our talent here at Yellowstone. This symposium is one of the many examples of how we hope to help guide them into a future career where they can find fulfillment.

It was a great week with this year's group of interns. We would like to thank every one of you who was part of this week and made it all possible. Our interns had so much fun visiting Florida and getting to know more of our staff.

 

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Daytona Beach Intern Learns the Principles of Successful Management!

This guest post was written by Alex, about his intern experience with us this summer.

I am a senior at the University of Central Florida, majoring in Business Management. Having previously been a part of the Yellowstone Landscape family I reached out to them for an internship opportunity. I was very fortunate to be accepted into the program where I have gained managerial and technical experience, and plenty of professional skills! As I began this program I knew I wanted to develop myself professionally while adding value to the team in Daytona Beach.

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Valuable Lessons Learned by Palm Coast IT Intern

This guest post was written by Evan, about his intern experience with us this summer.

Before starting my summer internship at Yellowstone Landscape, I had never worked in an IT Department. My only exposure to computer systems was self-taught and through classes at the University of North Florida.  These varied types of hands-on experiences have shown me how broad Information Technology is!

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Houston Construction Intern Builds Technical and Professional Skills!

This guest post was written by Zach, about his intern experience with us this summer.

I am a junior at Mississippi State University majoring in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Contracting. When I was introduced to Yellowstone Landscape by a professor, I was excited about interning at a company with an outstanding reputation. After communicating with their recruiter, Lisa Hall, and learning about the diverse opportunities available, I knew I had to intern at Yellowstone Landscape. Lisa helped with my transition into the program and was there from beginning to end. She is a huge influence in the program and helps interns in any way she can.

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UF Student Returns to Orlando and a Summer of Management Opportunities!

This guest post was written by Paula, about her intern experience with us this summer. 

For the second year in a row, I’ve had an incredible summer at the Orlando South branch! Last summer, I learned the ropes of landscape maintenance; this summer has been focused on leading crews as a Landscape Superintendent. I have been tackling the parks of Celebration – a residential neighborhood and an offshoot of Disney – and building upon the work of my Mentor, Doug, who is the property’s Account Manager. I learned the most important elements of leading a crew and was charged with leading two crews myself. Together, we transformed Celebration’s landscape to achieve the perfect look for the “perfect town,” for which it is known. It feels amazing noticing a problem or being alerted of one, fixing it, then being complimented on it later by the client and residents. My eyes were opened to problems only briefly touched on in school, such as nematodes or cinch bugs in the soil or weed pressure. This priceless, hands-on experience of managing has greatly improved both my problem-solving and landscaping abilities.

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IT Intern Finds a Focused Path!

This guest post was written by Adam, about his intern experience with us this summer. 

After high school I was unsure of what direction I wanted to go.  Long story short, I was in school for a long time without any direction.  I also hadn’t worked many jobs in the Information Technology field, so when I was chosen for this internship I was hesitant.  Not because I didn’t want the job, but because my skill set was so random I worried that I would not do well at any specialized task.

This turned out to be inaccurate as the days turned into weeks and I got a better feel for the IT Department and Yellowstone Landscape’s culture.  I had only one previous IT internship and I assumed this one would be like my last, that for the most part I would be ignored and given busy work.  That has not been the case, the culture is very social, and communication is a must!  The people here care about my progress and want to make sure I not only do a good job for the company but learn at the same time.  I grew skills here that I couldn’t and didn’t get in school, skills that will serve me in my professional life for years to come.  Melody, my direct boss and one of my Mentors, is one of the best people I could work with.  She is a driving force to keep us on task and always makes time to explain how to complete those tasks.

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Tampa Intern Combines Past and Current Experiences to Gain Unique Results!

This guest post was written by Kristina, about her intern experience with us this summer. 

This spring, I finished my junior year as a Plant Science student specializing in Landscape and Nursery Horticulture at the University of Florida. I spent my previous years jumping around the plant science fields going from ethnobotanical research to organic agriculture to ornamental production. In my quest of finding what I want to do in the green industry, I’ve learned a lot from my experiences as well as the people I’ve encountered along the way. While I tried various horticultural areas I’ve always had a love for design and art; painting on the side, using my skills in Illustrator and Photoshop to make flyers, and even designing a landscape. It was after I designed a landscape on campus I realized I could combine my two loves, plants and art, to pursue a field I think I was always searching for - Landscape Design.

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Personal Interaction Builds Communication Skills and Patience for IT Intern

This guest post was written by Nick, about his intern experience with us this summer.

Coming from Florida State University I.T. classes and joining Yellowstone Landscape for the summer has provided a much-needed professional experience.  Interacting with the other interns made it easier to connect and acclimate to an unfamiliar environment.  Unlike class work, this experience helped me gain personal skills necessary in any professional environment.  This was mostly due to my time working the helpdesk which exposed me to situations I would have never been exposed to elsewhere.  Experience in troubleshooting helped me succeed at the helpdesk, but a lack of personal interaction with customers was an area I needed to improve during my time here.  Even though I am still working on it, I have improved immensely from my experiences helping users across the company.  I have developed communication skills and patience while working with company employees across the southeast.

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