Austin Smith | Product Security Engineer Intern
Business Unit: Boeing Defense, Space & Security
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
University: The University of Missouri, Columbia
Degree Program: B.S. in Information Technology, Cyber Security emphasis
What program and team are you a part of, and what kind of work are you doing?
I am a part of the Boeing Global Services team, working on Training Systems in the Product Security field. I analyze network topologies, run vulnerability scans, and do risk mitigation based on the Department of Defense Risk Management Framework.
How did you hear about Boeing’s internship opportunity and why did you decide to apply?
I saw a post on LinkedIn about the opportunity. I researched Boeing and liked their mission and the opportunity that I could make an impact, so I applied and it was the best decision I have made.
What excites you the most about Boeing’s mission and in what ways is your team making a real-world impact?
“Inspire the world through innovation.” That gives me hope. It shows Boeing is focused on constantly improving and wants to change the world. What could be more exciting than that? My team focuses on finding new ways we can do our jobs. With steady innovation, we can make the world a better place for future generations to come.
What has been your favorite experience so far?
I was able to take part in a Boeing Defense, Space & Security Cyber Maturation Training course. This was a great opportunity as I got to join several Boeing experts and learn how they think and perform work on a daily basis. I was able to take everything I learned from that class and apply it to my daily tasks.
In what ways do you feel support from your team?
Boeing is supportive of anyone and everyone. I have several people I can talk to if there is anything I need. My coworkers are friendly, welcoming and always willing to help out with any questions I may have. It really is an inclusive, safe and great atmosphere to be a part of.
How has your internship shaped your educational and career goals?
I now feel like I have a sense of direction for my life. When I return to school, I will be more motivated since I know what is waiting for me after graduation. I am excited and driven because of this internship experience.
What advice do you have for students who are interested in interning at Boeing?
Don’t be afraid to take a chance. This experience can be overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that everyone has once felt like you. There are people who support you and your success. Take the chance, put yourself out there, and I can guarantee you will see personal growth.
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