Rachel Hutson | Material Accounting Intern
Business Unit: Boeing Defense & Space
Location: Puget Sound
University: University of Missouri-Saint Louis
Degree Program: B.S. in Business Administration
What program and team do you work on?
I support Material Accounting for Boeing Defense, Space and Security — Fixed Wing. My duties include tracking parts as they move throughout our accounting system, recording material costs related to government contracts, creating journal entries to report adjustments, and performing reports on a wide-range of metrics.
Why did you decide to apply at Boeing, and what about Boeing's mission and the work we do inspires you?
It was the opportunity to choose a variety of careers in my degree field while pursuing my passion for aviation and the aerospace industry. What inspires me about Boeing is how dedicated the company is to its employees. Boeing culture is fueled by acceptance, encouragement, and unwavering support. Since I started a little over a year ago, there has never been a day where I felt undervalued or unimportant. Every day I am reminded that my work matters and it is helping contribute to the overall success of the company.
What kind of skills are you building during your internship?
Within my internship, I’ve been able to continue building my skills and knowledge in accounting, finance, supply chain, and management. I’ve gained more technical experience in Excel and in query-based systems. Professionally, I’ve become more comfortable speaking in front of larger audiences and improved my productivity through better time-management.
How is the internship incorporating ‘fun’ into the experience with your team or other interns?
The Enterprise Internship Engagement team has done a great job in providing a space for all of the interns to communicate and collaborate. As a member of the Intern Development Team, it’s been rewarding to work alongside other interns in creating weekly content to post to our newsletter. We try to host daily challenges in our communication channel, plus movie nights, game nights, and other activities. I’ve become friends with other local interns and we hang out once or twice a week to network and do fun activities!
What has been your proudest moment as a Boeing intern?
My proudest moment was during last year’s Case Competition. Although my team didn’t come in first, I was extremely proud of how much time and effort we put into our project and the solution that we came up with. I thoroughly enjoyed working with other interns from other functions and the chance to present our project to senior management. I can’t wait for this year’s competition.
What advice do you have for students who are interested in interning at Boeing?
Apply as soon as you can. Boeing was never on my radar until a Boeing employee came to speak in one of my classes at the end of my junior year. Had I known about internships with Boeing, I would’ve applied a lot sooner. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved early on in your collegiate career, so don’t wait!
When you look back at this experience in five years, what do you think will be your greatest learning as a Boeing intern?
My greatest lesson is to be adaptable and ready for change. When I first started at Boeing in June 2020, I was completely overwhelmed with how much information I needed to know. However, throughout the course of my internship I was able to adapt and learn my job quickly. This helped prepare me for my current rotation. I was able to transition seamlessly and not be stressed out. As I continue my internship with Boeing into next year, I hope to maintain that same mindset and be prepared to take on whatever comes my way.
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