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Kevin Hanula

Senior Turns Summer Internship into a Career

Kevin Hanula, a senior civil engineering major with a concentration in construction management from Lanoka Harbor, N.J., said he always knew he wanted to be an engineer. After his internship with Balfour Beatty Construction last summer, he was offered his dream job as a project manager with the company’s Washington, D.C., branch. He’ll be starting in June.

Hanula said he would not have met his supervisor at Balfour Beatty if it were not for the professors in the engineering program at Catholic University.

“They can really help you with getting an internship and getting a job. We have so many opportunities here at CUA, especially with the career fairs,” he said.

One of Hanula’s professors invited someone from Balfour Beatty to visit his class last year to give a lecture. That was the first time Hanula met his future supervisor. This same class also visited a Balfour Beatty construction site. Again, Hanula connected with the supervisor. Hanula gave his resume to this individual at the career fair and got an interview for the internship. He has been with the company ever since.

Balfour Beatty Construction was not Hanula’s first internship experience. The summer of his freshman and sophomore years, he worked for George Harms Construction in Howell, N.J. He became a member of the United Steel Workers Union because of all the labor he did.

“It was hands on. I loved it,” he said.

This hands-on work complemented his coursework nicely, he explained. “I really got to see in class how important the design work as an engineer is to match the construction I did on the job.”

Last semester, when Hanula wasn’t in the engineering building studying, he was in the Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center working out with his teammates — he played for CUA’s football team.

“I always had the goal to play sports in college, so I was always working toward it,” he said.

It was difficult to balance early-morning practices with late-night classes and homework, said Hanula, but the memories he made being on the football team were worth it.

"Kevin has been exemplary in combining academics and athletics — even when traveling to a game, he always stayed on top of his class work,” said Gunnar Lucko, associate professor and director of the construction engineering and management program.

The team’s win against Washington and Lee University this season is Hanula’s favorite memory from his time as a Catholic University Cardinal. It was their first victory against Washington and Lee since 2008. “We played the game at home so we had the supportive home crowd,” Hanula recalled.

Hanula retired his jersey, number 58, when the season ended last semester. “I’ll miss it. That was probably the last time I will ever put on pads,” he said with a laugh.

Kevin Barger, the offensive line coach and special teams coordinator, said Hanula is a great young man. “Kevin's best quality as an athlete and as a person is his dedication. Kevin is the type of person that commits to the things that are important to him: family, friends, and football. He has an unrelenting desire to be the best he can be toward the things he is dedicated to. It makes him a great student, a great football player, and an even better friend to everyone around him,” Barger added.

Although Hanula will not be playing football for Catholic University again, he is not done with the University. “I’m definitely going to be doing my master’s here. I love CUA,” he said.

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Kevin Hanula

Hometown: Lanoka Harbor, N.J.

Favorite professor: Gunnar Lucko, associate professor and director of the construction engineering and management program

Favorite CUA event: Luaupalooza

Favorite class: Construction Law: Operations and Project Delivery

Best memory from CUA: Winning against Washington and Lee's football team

Favorite spot to study: Pangborn Hall