The 2020 Intern Files are coming to a close today as we highlight University of Arkansas student David Ferber. In his time at LW Nashville, David has displayed a strong work ethic, a can-do attitude, and flexibility on the job. David returns to campus this fall to finish his studies in Biological Engineering and Agricultural Business. We hope to see him back at LW after his graduation in December!
How did you become interested in the green industry?
Growing up I loved to spend all my time outside. When I started college at the University of Arkansas, I spent a lot of time with students in the College of Agriculture. At the start of my junior year, I began taking courses in Agriculture Business, which has made me very interested in working in the green industry.
Why did you decide to intern with LW?
I attended the Agriculture career fair and stopped by LW’s booth. After talking for awhile I decided this might be a fun way to explore the landscaping industry. Additionally, the internship gave me the opportunity to live in Nashville, which sounded pretty exciting to me.
What is a “typical” day like?
The day usually starts out by pulling into the shop a little before 6:30, checking to make sure the truck has the necessary materials, talking to Account Managers about the properties we’ll be at for the day and going over what needs to be done at the property. We try to roll out shortly after 6:30 so we can start working while it’s still not too hot outside. If I was on the enhancements crew that day, we typically would be at that property for the entire day. If I was working maintenance, we might bounce around several properties over the course of the day.
What have you enjoyed most in your internship so far?
My favorite part of the internship has been all the different machinery that I’ve learned how to operate. Prior to this summer I had a limited amount of experience, so it’s been pretty exciting to see how it all works.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned so far this summer?
Make sure you’re on site on time with all the equipment, plants, and other materials you’re going to need for the day. Forgetting to bring something costs time or can make the job a lot more difficult.
If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
Probably to control the weather so that I wouldn’t have to deal with it being so humid every day, and we wouldn’t get rained on in the middle of a job.