K'Lynn King | Chemical Technologies, Materials and Processes Intern
Business Unit: Corporate
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
University: University of Kentucky
Degree Program: Chemical Engineering
What Boeing product(s) or service(s) do you work on?
I work on the painting and coatings of the aircraft, aiming to improve the quality and processes of painting the planes.
What’s been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on?
My most rewarding project has to be researching painting technology, experimenting with new materials and methods that increase efficiencies with respect to both materials used and time to paint.
How will your internship experience at Boeing influence your future career?
Boeing has shown me a new way to use my Chemical Engineering degree. Every time I tell someone that I’m interning with Boeing, they ask me, “What does that have to do with chemical engineering?” The answer is that there are a number of uses for a chemical engineer, whether it’s within chemical technology paints and coatings, or working side-by-side with Production.
What have you learned as an intern that you wouldn’t learn from your coursework?
Coursework does not teach you soft skills. Here, you learn how to network with executives. Another thing I’ve learned as an intern is how to be versatile with my degree. When you are in the workforce you learn how to build off your initial degree.
What's something you wish you knew before you started your internship?
I wish I would’ve known that I would be working/networking with executives. It’s shocking to see how a company as big as Boeing would have so many opportunities for their interns to meet and talk to executives.
What inspires you about Boeing's mission and the work we do?
One of the Boeing Behaviors is “invest in our team and empower each other.” Boeing cares about each and every one of its employees, whether you are full time or an intern. There are various programs and training opportunities that employees can take advantage of that allow them to work their way up to the executive level.