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Women’s History Month Spotlight: USACE Engineering Intern Megan Murphy

Buffalo District
Published March 22, 2022
Updated: March 22, 2022
Megan Murphy in USACE vest and hardhat

Meghan Murphy, USACE Buffalo District, Engineering Intern working out of the Cleveland Project Office is highlighted during Women's History Month. Women’s history month is a reminder of the strength the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has and will gain through a high-quality and diverse team.

Women’s history month is a reminder of the strength the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has and will gain through a high-quality and diverse team. We’re highlighting one of the women on our workforce – Megan Murphy – who joined the USACE Buffalo District as an Engineering Intern during her third year studying at Cleveland State University.

During her time as an intern, Megan has been a part of civil works projects including the Cleveland Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) 10B, which is a holding location for dredged material removed from the Cleveland Harbor federal navigation channel.

Her internship provides her the opportunity to work part-time for the Buffalo District’s Cleveland Field Office during fall and spring academic semesters, and full time during the summer, helping to strike the balance between academic and on-the-job learning.   

Internships like Megan’s offer practical experience and an inside look at the jobs performed by USACE engineers and other staff. They also come with the possibility of a transition to full-time employment once the internship is complete.

In between classes and work, Megan took some time to answer questions about herself and her experience as an engineering intern.

Q: Where are you from?

A: Parma, Ohio.

Q: What academic program are you in?

A: I am a third year Civil Engineering student, with a minor in Mathematics.

Q: What motivated you to take the position as a USACE intern?

A: I was interested in the position at USACE because I wanted to experience Civil Engineering in the real world, and not just in the classroom. For example, I had never been to a construction site before, and I wanted that experience to broaden my understanding of Civil Engineering.

Q: What are your plans following your internship?

A: I will be taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam as my first step to becoming a Professional Engineer (P.E.). I’d also like to experience the design side of Civil Engineering in the future.

Q: Would you recommend an internship with the USACE and why?

A: I would recommend an internship with USACE. My internship has allowed me to understand Civil Engineering to a fuller extent.


The Buffalo District is dedicated to building cohesive teams, in an inclusive environment deliver world class engineering solutions to the Great Lakes region, the Army and the Nation to ensure national security, environmental sustainability, water resource management, and emergency assistance during peace and war.

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