W.M. Jordan Company

Intern Spotlight: James “Cap” League

July 28, 2017

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Name: James “Cap” League. My real name is James but I go by Cap, which is a nickname that has been passed down in my family.

School: Virginia Military Institute

Assignment: NASA Langley Measurement Systems Laboratory

Intern Year: Second Year

Describe your duties: Since everyone involved in this project is onsite, I get to experience and learn about a lot of different aspects of the job. I spend a lot of my time here working under our QC Manager during inspections and meetings as well as assisting and learning from our two project engineers with submittals, coordination with subcontractors, etc. I have also spent some time in the field learning from our superintendents, as well as spending some time with our onsite safety manager. Overall, I get to experience a wide variety of responsibilities, which is great for me because I am able to better understand the operation of W.M. Jordan as a whole.

How do your duties differ from previous years? My first year, I worked with the superintendent on a much smaller job and we were the only two on the job from W.M. Jordan. I spent a lot more time in the field, keeping the job site clean and working very closely with the subcontractors. This year, I’m learning a lot more about the office side of things, spending a lot of time on the computer and attending meetings while still being able to observe the progress of the project and interact with the superintendents and the subcontractors on a daily basis.

How has your internship impacted your studies? Since I was little, I was very interested in construction. My interest was caused by my father and my grandfather due to the fact that they have spent their whole lives in the construction business. They have both been very successful in the business and I intend to follow in their footsteps. With that being said, this internship has been greatly beneficial to me due to the fact that I have been able to see what the construction business is like, and it has given me even more confidence and tools that will help me succeed. One of those tools is the motivation to do well in school. It has opened my eyes to a life after college and given me the motivation to succeed in school so I can succeed after graduation in a business that I am very passionate about.

What advice would you give to a first-year intern? Be a sponge 24/7. Absorb as much information as possible. Ask A LOT of questions. Being able to have an internship with a company like W.M. Jordan is a very, very valuable opportunity and it is our job as interns to recognize this and learn as much as possible so we can hit the ground running when we graduate college and begin our careers in construction.

Describe your favorite way to spend your time outside of working this summer: I spend the majority of my time outside of work doing things in or near the water, like fishing, going out on the boat, wake boarding or going to the beach. The water is my happy place so I try to spend as much time as possible doing activities on the water.

Do you have any hidden talents most people don’t know about you? I am pretty good at drawing and photography. I wouldn’t say I have expert artistic abilities or anything, but I took a lot of art classes in high school, including AP Art, and I really enjoyed it. There are very few people who know that about me.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve done recently? I haven’t done anything super daring lately but if I had to choose something, it would be trying a few wakeboard tricks I have never tried before.

Where would you most want to live after college? I am pretty open to living anywhere my job takes me. I really enjoy the Tidewater area but if I had to choose another place, it would probably be somewhere in the Carolinas. But I really don’t have a strong preference as long as I am driving distance away from the beach, not any farther north than Richmond  and not in the middle of a big city.