Boeing: Where an intern works depends upon the program he or she will be supporting
By Glenn Cook
Sep 23, 2013, 13:17
Glenn Cook, Director, Global Staffing, Boeing
Boeing continues its strong efforts to prepare the future workforce for tomorrow’s jobs and careers by advocating for improvements in education at all levels, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
In 2012, Boeing invested about $48 million toward external education programs across the U.S. to inspire the engineers, scientists and technologists of tomorrow. Boeing college recruiters promote Boeing on key college campuses across the U.S. Recruiters took an active role directly on 93 college campuses in 32 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
Recruiters recruit for and facilitate a highly competitive companywide internship program. More than 1,800 top caliber students from more than 300 schools have joined the Boeing summer intern program in 2013.
The Boeing college recruiting program strengthens our competiveness by feeding the talent pipeline of our future workforce. In addition to campus activities like career fairs, information sessions and interviewing, college recruiters build strategic relationships with diverse and technical student organizations, faculty, administrators and career center representatives.
Our college recruitment website includes information about Boeing’s college recruiting programs. It also provides details about applying for an entry level job.
We have an organization called REACH that helps recently hired employees and college graduates acclimate to their new jobs and to their new work site. The REACH website lists tools and resources to help new hires settle into their careers including local area information, assistance with relocation services and housing, support with networking and contacts to other recent hires and company leaders.
The most important aspect of the Boeing intern program is the students’ involvement on teams performing meaningful work. Boeing interns are treated as part of the Boeing team, performing work that full-time employees are doing. Boeing gives interns real opportunities to learn about the company and what is available. Internships are a great introduction to the company and Boeing wants to make sure they come back.
We’re interested in candidates who demonstrate strong academic performance and communication skills, are involved in group/team projects, have strong leadership ability, and a passion for working in the aerospace industry. Having a previous internship is an added plus — especially if you’re looking for an entry level position. We’re looking for well-rounded candidates to join our team.
Boeing has major work locations across the U.S. The opportunities are endless and depend on your major course of study. The majority of our openings are for engineering: design, testing, stress analysis, composites are some examples. Typically, interns work with a team of engineers, some of them with 20+ years of experience and able to mentor newer employees. Business fields are also open to interns.