Intern to Project Manager: With Andrew Hanrath

Internships are an important part of any student’s career path. They provide hands-on learning and valuable career experiences. But what happens after the internship is over? For some, they sign on — moving from intern to full-time employee, even working their way up to major leadership positions. Just ask Andrew Hanrath who worked his way from an intern at IP Design Group to a project manager!

What is your best memory of being an intern at IP Design Group?

I think the overall prevalent memory from my internship is being inserted right into the middle of active projects and playing an active role, rather than being given inconsequential tasks. I was also permitted to travel to California as part of a project, which was rare at the time for interns and a memorable experience.

What was the biggest lesson you learned?

The biggest lesson I learned early on was to never stop learning about new technologies and design methodologies. Our industry is in a constant state of evolution and staying abreast of developments is important for remaining an effective and valuable consultant to our clients. I also learned that thinking critically was an essential part of our work and perhaps the most fundamental element of achieving success on projects.

Andrew Hanrath and Brett McCarthy on the 1201 Cass job site.
Andrew Hanrath (left) and Brett McCarthy (right) on the 1201 Cass job site.

“I learned that thinking critically was an essential part of our work and perhaps the most fundamental element of achieving success on projects.”

Why did you choose to stay with IP Design Group after your internship?

Upon graduation, I was actually offered a project manager position with Sprint in addition to the offer from IP Design Group. The multi-step interview process with Sprint provided valuable insight into the experience working for a large corporation, and ultimately, I felt like a more nimble organization, such as IP Design Group, that offered the potential for more types of experiences was a better fit.

What inspired you to take on more of a leadership role within the firm?

Over time and built through experience, I think there is a natural feedback loop of learning the necessary components for making projects a success and desire to guide others in refining our craft as consultants. Many of the early leaders in our group were exemplary stewards of providing mentorship to others and certainly inspired me to pass the tradition to others in our group today.

Headshot of Andrew Hanrath

Andrew Hanrath is a skilled systems integrator and assessment and planning specialist at IP Design Group. With an educational background in electrical engineering and experience with information technology systems, Andrew has a solid understanding of the critical low voltage technology systems required in today’s buildings. He takes his experiences from diverse market sectors from aviation to healthcare to better design systems, manage projects, and mentor others.

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