Jill Streamer | Product Support and Provisioning Engineer
Business Unit: Boeing Global Services
Location: Renton, Wash.
University: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Degree Program: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Biomedical Engineering
What are you looking forward to during your virtual internship this summer?
I’m most looking forward to growing individually in my communication, discipline and accountability. In my position, I’m not required to report to my manager daily or attend a certain amount of meetings. It’s my responsibility to reach out, stay connected and actively engage with my team.
How is your internship experience different to your school online learning?
This experience is different to school online learning because each day presents a unique set of challenges. As a student, I was in the weekly routine of quizzes, group meetings and lab reports. In my internship, I’m given the freedom and opportunity to choose what each week holds. In addition to attending my team meetings and working on projects, I can attend companywide intern events, executive engineering presentations, well-being fitness classes and even after-work hours game nights. I’m also given the opportunity to have conversations with employees throughout all areas of the company about how they are applying their degrees.
In five years, when you look back at this experience, what do you think will be your greatest learning as a Boeing intern?
To continue to persevere and prosper in the position I’m in while continuing to pursue what motivates me. COVID altering my experience is not a unique story, but learning adaptability has helped me maintain a positive attitude.
How is the internship incorporating ‘fun’ into the experience with your team or other interns?
Boeing is still able to provide opportunities for interns to get involved through various resource groups and mentoring opportunities. The company is also holding virtual tours of each facility, so even from afar, it’s amazing to have an inside look and the opportunity to ask questions.
What about Boeing's mission and the work we do inspires you?
Boeing’s mission and the work we do as a company to promote diversity and inclusion is inspiring. The enterprise is actively educating their employees on the current national and global events and having teams engage in important conversations. The courage to initiate these difficult conversations speaks highly of Boeing’s values.
How do you want to build the future?
When asked about my interests and where I see myself in five years, I’ve been able to reflect on my motivations. I’m passionate about people and as a student pursuing a mechanical engineering degree, I see a lot of opportunity to grow in the field of Biomechanics and Human Factors engineering. I want to build the future by using my knowledge and studies to continue to keep people safe and make their physical jobs more effective.
What Boeing product/s or service/s do you work on?
I work on the Recommended Spare Parts Lists and the Master Minimum Equipment List for all Boeing models. Each list is tailored to the fleet, size and budget of the customer we’re working with and developed from an internal mathematical model.
Describe one or two things you’ve learned as an intern, that you wouldn’t learn from your coursework.
As an intern, I’ve learned the most from people. I’ve had the opportunity to schedule 1:1 calls with managers, rotation employees, technical fellows, etc. in Washington, Arizona, South Carolina and all over. This opportunity is one that I couldn’t learn from my coursework because everyone’s path is unique. I’m fortunate to hear about each individual’s passion, motivation, life lessons and advice.