Business Unit: Boeing Global Services
Long Beach, California
North Carolina A&T State University 
Degree Program: 
B.S. in Computer Engineering and Supply Chain Management

What program and team are you a part of, and what kind of work are you doing?

I’m part of the Avionics and Airplane Performance & Systems Electrical team doing wire design and installation. I’m currently working on wire design modification. This includes working on wire routing modifications for aircraft avionics (displays, communications, navigations, etc.). I’m also learning to identify all wire diagrams impacted by the proposed modification, identify impacted wire bundles and their status, and make the correlating changes. For my personal intern project, I’m researching the process of “full kitting” engineers. This includes providing a standardized framework for training engineers and new hires and developing effective communication systems between project managers and engineers.

How did you hear about our internships and why did you decide to apply?

I was first introduced to Boeing during a Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) immersion experience in the summer of my freshman year in college. I was able to stand in the middle of one of Boeing's wind tunnels. It was then that I thought about the possibilities of my life and the realization that my future stood before me. The weird sensation that I belonged there, not only with Boeing, but with scientists, engineers and professional leaders of innovation burned in my heart. A year later, I was accepted into the Boeing TMCF Scholar Program.

What excites you the most about Boeing’s mission and in what ways is your team making a real-world impact?

The world is becoming so much smaller, the flights faster, the connections larger. This isn’t by mistake. Boeing is leading in the approach they take on innovation. The thing that excites me the most about the company is its people. They show resilience and a rare commitment to progress that will likely take place after their lifetime. Being part of the Avionics and AP&S Electrical team and working on wire design modifications gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment. I know that the work we do directly impacts the real world by improving the performance, reliability and safety of Boeing’s products. It's an incredible opportunity to learn from experienced professionals, contribute to important projects and be part of a company with a rich history of aviation excellence.

In what ways do you feel support from your team?

I feel support from my team in the way they show me how to perform my tasks. The experienced engineers give a high-level overview of their work and follow up with where to get more information. My manager forwards any opportunity for growth, mentorship or information sessions to me and always encourages me to attend. Most importantly, they include me in their routines, breakfast plans and jokes.

What are your tips for accomplishing your best work?

Always start with what and why. When you begin a project, start with what it is and why we are doing it. From there, you can determine the “how.” Another few suggestions I have picked up from Boeing leaders are:

1. “Put both feet in.” Too often, we begin with one foot out the door. Study what you do inside and out and commit to it.

2. Make your environment work for you. Your teammates are your best resource.

3. Lastly, laugh and smile. My team laughs together. Being tense is a productivity destroyer.

What advice do you have for students who are interested in interning with us?

My advice is to stay as up to date as possible on the news regarding aerospace, the economy, new technology and leadership commitments. It’s very important to learn how to learn as well. Start cultivating the idea that you will constantly study and grow. This practice will help you learn the Boeing systems when the time comes.