Heather Kurtzman

  • Civil Engineering Intern - Water Focus
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Apr 18, 2021
Full Time Paid Intern Civil Engineering (general) Environmental Engineering Water Resources Engineering

Personal Summary

Ambitious 3rd year engineering student interested in water resource, stormwater, and coastal engineering, seeking a hands on experience through a professional internship. Open to remote opportunities or relocating if needed. 

As a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), I have been able to expand my skills through involvement in various engineering projects and academic coursework as listed on my resume. These projects have allowed me to apply the theoretical concepts I learn in my courses to real world scenarios. For example, by participating in EngineeringX I have sharpened both my technical report writing and modeling skills. As project manager for our team I am also leading my fellow students to work hard and adhere to our timeline. In the current remote environment, I have also proven my diligence by taking on independent responsibilities within my research project, ensuring tasks are done in an efficient manner to further our shared goals. Civil and Environmental Engineering requires more than just technical skills, it requires someone who is able to see the broader picture and that water resilience is integral to the future. In order to become that holistic engineer, I broadened my studies through both my minor in Environmental Systems and Society as well as my technical breadth concentration in Sustainable Urban Planning. This allows me to combine technical skills with sustainable planning skills to be a well-rounded engineer ready to take on the world.

Work Experience

Jan 2020 - Present Starbucks

As a barista, I have developed strong interpersonal skills to create an enjoyable experience for each customer from ordering to drink distribution and forge strong coworker relationships to work diligently as a team, leading to a positive environment in the store. Moreover, my ability to learn quickly allows me to easily learn each new drink and how to use new machines, as well as my strong attention to detail to ensure each drink is constructed perfectly for the customer. 


B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Systems and Society Minor
Sep 2018 - Jun 2022 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)