Roberto Ruggeri writes...
My internship at PRA has been by far the best internship I could ever expect.
I joined the PRA team thanks to the Erasmus traineeship programme. Last year I graduated in Civil and Environmental Engineering (BSc) and I am actually
a student in Civil Structural and Geotechnical Engineering (MSc) at University of Catania in Italy. Before beginning my final master degree year, I
decided to join the Erasmus traineeship programme to develop my skills in structural engineering and to be exposed to facade engineering and cladding
consultancy for the first time.
Dr Patrick Ryan is a façade engineering consultant and has presented papers at numerous conferences in the UK and abroad and is a co-author of two specialist
books. So I chose to work at Patrick Ryan Associates with no doubts.
In PRA, the people are fantastic and immediately they made me feel like a part of the team. The atmosphere is extremely friendly and there was a very welcoming
atmosphere from my first day there right till the end.
About my job, I have produced lots of calculation templates about glass balustrades, glass wall, curtain wall and double glazed units under the guidance
of the structural engineers Patrick Ryan, Michael Reid and Filippo Gentili. I have also worked on projects which were very interesting and challenging,
making the work enjoyable.
I was never made to feel like I was ‘just an intern’ only good for repetitive work. I have felt very valued in my time at PRA and all the work that I completed
was received with gratitude and any errors I had made were just explained to me without judgement.
I felt that the time and effort that I put into the quality of my work was definitely appreciated. From my point of view I have acquired lots of competences
and I am really happy to have been part of PRA.