Project Intern
Brailsford & Dunlavey - Chicago, IL

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Reporting to a project executive, this position performs a variety of essential administrative tasks that supports the program management activities of a project team. Comprised of a project executive, project managers and analysts, the project team performs planning and/or implementation assignments for one or more of the following client types: campus housing, intercollegiate athletics, campus recreation, student unions, arenas, stadiums, campus edge developments, independent and charter schools, or community recreation.

  • Assist project team members with the completion of planning, pre-development and/or implementation assignments.
  • Perform data collection and quantitative analysis to include focus group leading and reporting, in-person and telephone interviews, survey design and analysis, site analysis, space planning, financial modeling, and print and internet research.
  • Maintain project-related documents including drawings, project binders, client correspondences, meeting minutes, action items, invoices, and similar items.
  • Assist with project-related financial issues including budget monitoring, revenue and expense tracking, reconciliation, and reimbursement processing.
  • Research, analyze and present project-related data to project managers and executives so that they may make informed decisions on methodologies, strategies, or required tasks.
  • Participate in various training sessions, team meetings and firmwide meetings.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned with the effort and skills required to contribute to our continued growth.

  • Qualifications:
    Minimum Requirements
    • Must have or be pursuing (fourth year) a degree in economics, finance, business, architecture, urban planning or related field. Graduate students studying to get their MBA are also encouraged to apply.

    • Directly related work experience in project management, construction, or design is highly desirable
    • Highly motivated, and strong critical thinker
    • Able to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment
    • Excellent writer’s and oral communication skills
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license

    We believe the right intern is willing to take intellectual, emotional, and financial risks; all while being committed to excellence. At B&D, interns are valuable resources, who are provided with unlimited opportunities for growth and development.


    Technical Competencies
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
    Core Competencies
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Excellent organizational and problem solving abilities.
    • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced setting, prioritizing and responding to day-to-day issues as required.
    • Detail-oriented yet capable of strategic thinking.
    • Proven ability to work well with all levels and types of facility-related professionals.
    • Proven adaptability, flexibility, and creativity in supporting multiple managers.
    • Ability to establish and accurately maintain data management and other record keeping systems.
    • Demonstrated commitment to client satisfaction.
    • Ability to be a proactive self-started who thrives within a team structure.
    Human Relations:
    • Internal contacts include staff at all levels. External contacts include external customers and vendors. Contact involves: routing calls, troubleshooting, or providing information.

    Brailsford & Dunlavey is an equal opportunity employer to include Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    Brailsford & Dunlavey participates in E-Verify.

    Work Environment and Physical Demands:
    Work Environment
    • Office environment; moderate noise.
    • Occasional evening or weekend work.
    • Office equipment/computers 8 hours per day.
    Physical Demands
    • Sitting at desk or table up to 6 hours per day
    • Standing or walking
    • Repetitive wrist, hand or finger movement (while operating computer equipment)
    • Eye-hand coordination (keyboard typing)
    • Hearing and talking
    • Extended periods of reading fine print.
    • Light to moderate bending, crouching, and stooping (filing)