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Yang Completes Internship at Exteriors by Chad Robert, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona

Yang Completes Internship at Exteriors by Chad Robert, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona

MLA Student Fan Yang has been gaining experience in the desert southwest this summer where he's been interning for Exteriors by Chad Robert, Inc. Yang, who is from China, has been learning how private residential projects work and had the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of activities including creating base maps, computer drafting and rendering, completing on-site visits and inspections and assisting senior staff and clients. Yang is excited about the on-site experience he's gained and how much he's learned about the importance of communication: "Since most of the projects are private housing, the firm has to deal with the clients almost every day. Presentation and communication skills are critical and important to the firm's success." Yang also feels like he's gained a lot of perspective on the profession: "The partnership of different disciplines for projects is a new concept to me compared to the organization in my country." He added that he's been impressed by their clients' enthusiasm for the landscape and how much they want to be involved. Finally, Yang expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to gain professional experience and the chance to visit the desert southwest which he has found to be "…so unique and beautiful, including the weather, the landforms, the plants…and the way the people live here." Fan Yang will be starting his second year of the MLA program in the fall.


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