This summer, many Wildcats are doing incredible things. They're not taking a vacation—they're completing demanding internships, serving others, continuing to compete in their sports at a high level and more. In the ninth edition of our Summer Spotlight series, men's basketball's Wade Schetter discusses his internship at a Kansas wind farm.
Hello, my name is Wade Schetter, and I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula. I am majoring in Construction Management.
Like many other college students, my career choice has taken me far away from home. This summer, I am completing my second internship with Mortenson Construction. Last summer, I was posted in Alexander, Kansas. This summer, I moved a couple of hours south to Dodge City, which is almost directly in the middle of Kansas.
One of the most satisfying things about being out of town for the summer is that you get to appreciate where you come from. While many students stay in Marquette for the summer to work, in my degree program students are advised to get out and experience as many things as they can during their time in school.
Both of my internships with Mortenson Construction have involved working on wind farm projects. My daily duties include quality control and working with both craft members and contractors. While on the construction site, I've met many people who have taught me new things and also have helped me through the process. I plan to continue my career in the construction field so whatever I can learn and accomplish during these summer opportunities will only help me in the long run.
Although most of my time is spent at work, I try to travel to new places whenever I can. One of my favorite things is to try new kinds of food. I also try to get out and enjoy the 100-plus degree heat. Unfortunately, the weather out here in Kansas seems to change quickly. During my first week here, a tornado touched down within five miles of where I was staying.
At the end of my internship, I took a trip to Mortenson Headquarters for a senior intern event. During that week, I spent time with upper management and also got a tour of U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium. The experience was one I won't forget. Unfortunately, I can't post any pictures of the new stadium yet because Mortenson has handed the project over!
Entering my last year at NMU, I can't explain how excited I am to not only continue my classes but also excel in my career going forward. It should be an amazing year, and I'm looking forward to it.
Wade Schetter is a rising senior Construction Management major. In 2015-16, he played in nine games. The Carney, Mich. native has appeared in 39 career games.