After a very interesting Careers at Boeing workshop, Caroline interviewed Andrew Cavish, senior Business Honors student about his 12-week internship at Boeing. Here’s what they discussed:
Caroline: How did you find out about the internship and what process did you go through to be selected?
Andrew: I’m a very proactive person so instead of waiting for internships to come to me I did some research and found this one. I applied online and they contacted me to go through several levels of interviews that were more behavioral based down at Seal Beach. After many follow ups I went through two final rounds of interviews and got a call from them two weeks later informing me I got the internship position.
Caroline: What type of responsibilities did you have as an intern at this company?
Andrew: I took the lead on a LEAN implementation. LEAN is a process of identifying ways Boeing can save money or make a task more efficient. DD250 notes were what I worked on the most, which is used when selling to the US government or any government. I also co worked with one other person to estimate job proposal hours for work orders on the C17, the P8, the international space station, and the F18 Super Hornet. I also worked on a team of pricers to negotiate prices on an order for Australia.
Caroline: How did this internship help prepare you for your career after graduating?
Andrew: I learned a lot with this internship and got some experience working for one of the largest businesses in the United States. I was also able to get accustomed to workplace etiquette which is really important in any company regardless of where you work in the future.
Caroline: Did you receive any additional opportunities or connections from the internship?
Andrew: I received plenty of connections including 60 professional contacts. I interviewed for one of their rotational programs and was able to get a job with the BCFP (Business Career Foundation Program) which is a 2 year, 4 rotation program. It is a highly competitive program, hiring only 10 college grads per year.
Caroline: What advice would you give to other students looking for an internship?
Andrew: Be proactive, go out there and look for what you want. Go to career fairs and search online for opportunities, internships aren’t going to just come to you. Have an awesome resume and cover letter ready to go. A good strategy is to think of five places you want to work and visit those websites and see what you have to do to get an opportunity with them. And finally, don’t just take something if it’s not what you want; make sure you go for what you want. Know your value and what you have to offer and never settle for anything less than your goals.