Business Unit: Boeing Defense, Space & Security
Location: El Segundo, California
University: University of Southern California
Degree Program: M.S. in Astronautical Engineering

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

I’m currently part of the Vibration, Shock and Acoustic Analysis team for the Space Launch System (SLS) program. It's an exhilarating experience! As an intern, I have the fantastic opportunity to dive into analyzing flight data from the Artemis 1 launch. Additionally, I'm involved in testing flight and modeling hardware to analyze for future Artemis missions. It's an incredible blend of hands-on work and data analysis that keeps me engaged and excited every day.

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

The reputation of Boeing as a leader in the aerospace industry and the chance to work alongside some of the brightest minds enticed me to apply. What really captivated me was the opportunity to meet various managers and explore different business units within the company.

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

What truly excites me about Boeing's mission is its unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of aerospace innovation. Being part of my team allows me to contribute directly to Boeing's mission by ensuring the safety and reliability of critical hardware for space exploration. My team plays a vital role in making space exploration a reality. It's fulfilling to know that the work we do has a direct impact on advancing human exploration beyond Earth.

What has been your favorite experience at your internship so far?

If I had to choose, it would be the opportunity to witness the teamwork and collaboration that goes into every project. Working alongside experienced professionals has been an absolute joy. I've had the chance to learn from their expertise, share ideas and contribute to solving real-world challenges. The camaraderie and support within the team creates a dynamic and inspiring work environment that keeps me motivated and eager to excel.

In what ways do you feel support from your team?

From day one, my team made me feel like a valued member of Boeing. Whenever I have questions or need guidance, they’re always ready to lend a helping hand. The approachability of my colleagues and supervisors has fostered a nurturing environment where I can comfortably seek advice and learn from their vast knowledge and experience. Their encouragement and belief in my potential have been instrumental in my personal and professional growth during this internship.

How has your internship shaped your educational and career goals?

My internship has been an eye-opening experience that’s profoundly shaped my educational and career goals. Being exposed to cutting-edge technologies, industry-leading practices and a culture of continuous learning inspired me to aim higher in my academic pursuits. It reinforced my passion for aerospace engineering and ignited a desire to specialize in space exploration. Furthermore, witnessing the dedication and expertise of the professionals at Boeing reaffirmed my long-term career goal of contributing to the advancement of aerospace technology. This internship provided me with invaluable insights and skills that will undoubtedly guide my educational and career path.

What are your tips for accomplishing your best work?

My top tip for accomplishing my best work as an intern is to never hesitate to ask questions! My main objective is to produce tangible results, but equally important is the opportunity to learn and grow. Don't be afraid to seek clarification, dive deeper into the intricacies of your projects and tap into the expertise of your teammates. By being curious, proactive and receptive to feedback, you can make the most of your internship experience and leave with a wealth of new skills and knowledge.

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

Seize the opportunity and apply! Take the time to research the various internship positions available and identify the ones that align with your interests and career goals. Tailor your application to highlight your strengths and demonstrate your passion for aerospace. Most importantly, be yourself and let your enthusiasm shine through during interviews. If you're selected, embrace the experience wholeheartedly, be open to learning and make the most of the exceptional resources and mentorship available at Boeing. It's an internship that can shape your future and, quite literally, propel your career to new heights.