Intern Spotlight: Rhea Godiawala

Major: Supply Chain Management and Information Systems

Company: Boeing

Internship year: Summer 2017

Graduation year: May 2019

What resource(s) helped you in securing your internship?

Networking/Freshmen Year’s BASE externship

What have you learned?

Working as a Supply Chain Management Analyst and Industrial Engineering Intern at the Boeing Company this summer not only gave me the exposure to Boeing’s huge supply chain but also gave me the big picture of the organization as a whole. I learned how the text book applies to the real world, and how I as an individual can affect and make a difference in a company this big.

What did you like best?

The best thing was being able to make a difference. During the 12 weeks of my internship, I was able to access all the resources needed, and help save about 10,000 square feet foot of space in one of their operating warehouses. Secondly, working so close with the final products, being able to touch, understand and walk the factory floor was the best part of the internship. It not only helped me succeed in my project, but also helped me better understand the processes and scheduling of parts.

Any tips/advice for students seeking internships?

First and foremost, don’t be afraid to ask any questions. Everyone is more than willing to help interns. If someone doesn’t know the answer, they will help you connect with someone who does! My advice for students seeking internships is – go with a open mind, the willingness to learn and take responsibility in your projects! Finally, don’t forget to network and leave a lasting impression! 🙂

Anything else you’d like to share?

Taking initiatives in something so small as setting up a meeting to something as big as taking on more than one project, helped me leave a good impression. According to my manager, being proactive and exceeding expectations were two of my best qualities and are very important in any internship! If you show interest and willingness, people are more than willing to help you succeed in your goals.

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