Ariah Warner | Financial Analyst Intern
Business Unit: Boeing Global Services
Location: Long Beach, California
University: Howard University
Degree Program: Bachelor of Business Administration
What program and team are you a part of, and what kind of work are you doing?
I am a Financial Analyst Intern working on sustaining Financial Operations for the C-17.
How did you hear about Boeing’s internship opportunity and why did you decide to apply?
I discovered Boeing through the Howard University School of Business’ 21st Century Advantage Program, in which I was exposed to several Boeing managers and executives. Through mentorship, I was led to apply for the Future Leaders in Thought and Experience Program following my freshman year. When I applied I could see a real future for myself and that even as an intern I would have a seat at the table.
What excites you the most about Boeing’s mission and in what ways is your team making a real-world impact?
The company positively impacts an endless amount of people, whether it be supplying aircraft to the military or delivering personal protective equipment globally. The C-17 is heavily used by the government to serve as cargo transportation for just about anything.
What has been your favorite experience so far?
Working alongside my manager! She is an extremely intelligent woman and it’s inspiring to see someone such as herself handle her own. As a young woman of color, she has shown me that anything is possible. She is truly a force to be reckoned with.
In what ways do you feel supported?
My team is very supportive in my learning process and has no issue with scheduling quick chats to explain things to me, even just to have personal chats. It is also a nice bonus to work with one of my business fraternity brothers.
How has your internship at Boeing shaped your educational and career goals?
My time at Boeing has encouraged me to aspire to a leadership role post-graduation. With the company having so many avenues of business, it has led me to want to explore outside of my major.
What advice do you have for students who are interested in interning at Boeing?
“Your network is your net worth.” I have been fortunate to have amazing mentors who have continued to help me expand my network and meet new people. Don’t be afraid to set up chats to learn from someone. It may influence your career choices and they may even offer opportunities to you. Remember that networking is a two-way street, so what you put into it is what you will get out of it.
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