Internship Program

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” 
– Benjamin Franklin

For the last 20 years, Carl A. Nelson & Company has offered college students the opportunity to continue their education through the summer and winter months by working and learning at our company.

The majority of our students have been in the engineering and construction management fields of study.  However, we have had a student who interned in our Accounting department.

Several of our interns have become full-time employees at Carl A. Nelson & Company.  To learn more about our internships, please contact Human Resources.  You may email canco@carlanelsonco.com or call 319.754.8415.

Kaleb Moser

Kaleb Moser

“Carl A. Nelson & Company has given me everything I wanted in an internship – variety.  They have allowed me to be involved in a little bit of everything which has helped me identify the type of accounting that I truly enjoy.  The staff is great too!  Everyone is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure I have an understanding of procedures and processes and they make me feel like I am part of the Carl A. Nelson & Company Family.”

Kaleb Moser, University of Iowa Student, Accounting Intern


From Intern to Engineer


Jordan Hutcheson, Field Engineer

Jordan Hutcheson, Field Engineer

Jordan Hutcheson, interned with Carl A. Nelson & Company during the summer after his sophomore year at Iowa State University.  He worked as a laborer on the Klein Center project for Great River Health Center in West Burlington, Iowa.  During this capacity, Jordan was introduced to a variety of tasks such as steel framing, running a jack-hammer, and millwork.  “I really enjoyed this aspect because I wasn’t stuck on one discipline for the entire summer.  This helped me to really get familiar with the flow of work on a construction jobsite, and learn how different trades depend and interact with each other.”, said Jordan.

Carl A. Nelson & Company asked Jordan to return to work during the winter break of his junior year.  As the Klein Center was nearing completion, Jordan was asked to develop punchlists for the same project he had helped to build.  “It was neat to see how far the building I worked on had come in just the five months I was away.", stated Hutcheson.

After graduation, Jordan accepted an offer of employment at Carl A. Nelson & Company.  Even though Jordan had interned and interviewed with other construction firms but, he selected Carl A. Nelson & Company.

Hutcheson ended by saying,“All in all, I feel very privileged to have had the internship I did with Carl A. Nelson & Company and was honored to accept an offer for employment…Even today as a Field Engineer, I still refer to my experiences as an intern in the field to better communicate with those I work with and to effectively plan the steps that need to be taken to get the job done.”

To contact Jordan, send him an email at jhutcheson@carlanelsoco.com.


Jamie Stanley, Project Manager

Jamie Stanley, Project Manager

“At an early age, I wanted to be an engineer.” According to this Project Manager at Carl A. Nelson & Company, Jamie knew in high school that he liked the outdoors, working with people, to solve problems, and to be challenged. He decided construction was the perfect industry and enrolled at Iowa State University in the Construction Engineering program.

“At one point during my sophomore year, I realized that based on my current GPA, I wasn’t going to be at the top of my class,” Jamie admits. So, he made the decision to take more of a hands-on approach and applied for an internship at Carl A. Nelson & Company. During his first internship Mr. Stanley says he learned how the company operates, trained on computer programs specific to the industry such as Timberline and Primavera. Jamie returned to school “knowing that he had the real world experience that was applicable to the ConE core courses” that ultimately strengthened his work in the classroom.

The next year he returned to Carl A. Nelson & Company and went to work estimating and was fortunate to work on a project which he was involved with the year prior. Jamie says he was allowed to manage, with oversight, every aspect of the project from beginning to end including preparing subcontracts & purchase orders, cost coding, shop drawing review, requests for information, change management, scheduling, cost tracking, daily problem solving and contract closeout. Jamie stated, “Everything that I learned was put to use in my senior design course.”

Jamie believes that internship programs mutually benefit the intern and the company. “They promote education, growth and a path to fast track the start of your career,” Jamie summarized.

To contact Jamie Stanley, send him an email at jstanley@carlanelsonco.com.

To learn more about our Internship Program, contact Human Resources or call 319.754.8415.