From left to right: Robert Rochel, Elliott Seaman, Eddy Wanyonyi, and John Podgorniak

Is the summer really coming to an end already? Time really does fly, especially when you have a group of incredible summer interns!

Last week, our group of interns — who have been with GMS family since June of 2021 — gave their final presentation to the rest of the company to discuss all they have learned and what they have worked on during their months with GMS.

Together, the engineering, drafting, and building envelope interns presented their final project, a New Hire Onboarding Guide for incoming employees and interns, to better familiarize them with the GMS and industry resources available. Covering different resource types such as documents, software, file locations, office structure, company policies, and more, the New Hire Onboarding Guide details the many resources offered to become knowledgeable and comfortable working at GMS.

Additionally, the interns took the time to introduce themselves, describing their experiences interning at GMS. They shared where they attend school, along with their extracurricular hobbies and interests. Overall, the interns had an eye-opening and impactful summer at GMS, and we certainly learned from them, as well. We very much appreciate their time and dedication and are grateful for such a bright group!

Please join us in thanking all of our amazing interns for spending their summer with us. We cannot wait to see what great things they do in the future!

Meet our Interns:


Robert Rochel, Engineering Intern, came to the GMS New York office all the way from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Robert is an architectural engineering student with minors in German and Astronomy and strives to pursue a career in space structures and habitats.

Elliott Seaman, Building Envelope Intern, joined the GMS New York office this summer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An architecture and aerospace engineering student, Elliott is interested in energy and resource optimization research at the intersection of materials science, structural design, and systems engineering.

Eddy Wanyonyi, Engineering Intern, joined the GMS New York office from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. A civil engineering student, Eddy has international experience working as an engineering intern in Nairobi and Mongolia and speaks four languages: English, German, French, and Swahili.

John Podgorniak, Drafter Intern, attends the University of Waterloo and joined the GMS New York headquarters this summer for the second time! Currently studying civil engineering, John has experience working as a structural engineering drafter and has additional interests in investing and technical trading.

Juan Balseros, Drafter Intern, joined us from The Cooper Union and was part of the GMS New York intern group. Currently studying civil engineering, Juan is a member of many professional and honor organizations, including ASCE, SEAoNY, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Sebastián Gómez, Administrative Intern, came from Columbia University to the GMS office in New York. Sebastián is currently studying environmental engineering and is the founder of the Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund, for which he received an International Brother Barnabas Founders Award for 20 Most Outstanding Service Projects.

Aydan Lam, Administrative Intern, attends Brooklyn Technical High School and has joined the GMS office in New York to gain experience and exposure in the engineering field. Aydan is highly involved in extracurricular activities and volunteering in his community.

Dara Hecht, Engineering Intern, attends Lehigh University and joined the GMS New York headquarters for the summer. Currently studying civil engineering, Dara is highly active in the engineering community and is an ASCE Student Member, AISC Student Member, and a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

Brian Mueller, Engineering Intern, joined the GMS New Jersey office from Penn State University — University Park. Brian is currently studying architectural engineering and is the recipient of many awards, including the 2019 Monsignor Thomas J. Tuhy Medallion for Academic Excellence and was the winner of the 2018 Thomas Edison Invention Challenge.

Zachary Niethe, Engineering Intern, was a member of the GMS New Jersey intern group who came from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). A civil engineering student, Zachary is a member of the Civil Engineering Honor Society, ASCE, and is a Team Engineering Ambassador for TCNJ.