First Day

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 14 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

Boeing Orientation is long, 4.5 hours long. Close to the end, I was practically sitting on my hands. But just like they said, it let out at 12pm sharp. There was a quick meeting with the SPEEA rep (Yea, I’m part of a union now) and then I headed down to the Kent Space Center to report for duty.

And that’s all I can really tell you. While I don’t have a Top Secret/Secret/Confidential classification, everyone I work with does and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if I had a Confidential classification by the end of my internship. In any event, just about all the material I work with is labeled “Boeing Proprietary” which is pretty much just like having a Confidential clearance, but it’s not overseen by the government. So I can’t take anything home and I can take my cell phone in to work because it has a camera on it and the hallway has giant posters that say “No Classified Discussions” and all foreign persons must have an escort and remember those posters from World World II and such that said things like “Loose Lips Sink Ships”. So that’s that.

Boeing also covers continuing education which is cool, and they cover things that aren’t even related to your job. So I’m going to try and get my pilots licences this summer. All paid for by Boeing. Sa-weet.


10 thoughts on “First Day”

  1. PLEASE get your pilots license, that would be so awesome. Seriously, do what it takes, I’ll be jealous. If you don’t I will beat you up.

  2. good luck with your internship! i was also at the same orientation as you.. i’m interning in everett. i stumbled on your blog through a google search on boeing internships — just thought i’d say howdy =D

  3. Thanks. I think I remember you: were you wearing a gray sweatshirt? What group are you working with in Everett? Hopefully you’re enjoying the weather thus far =p.

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  5. Yay for googling. I’m also interning at Everett, WA this summer (yet to start, however). I attend UCLA so we’re still in school. I’ve actually learned more about what i’ll be doing at boeing from reading your blog than all the numerous conversations i’ve had with ppl at boeing. =) I think i’ll be there around July 1st. Anyways, just wanted to say hi.


  6. Thanks for the note Chelle.

    Part of my goal is that my posts would provide some insight to perspective interns about what actually goes on as an intern at Boeing, from an Intern perspective.

    Drop me a line when you start.

  7. Hey Andrew,

    I”m at senior ME at the University of Toledo in Ohio. I too have been looking for some prospective internships with Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin. I’ve applied online a million times with no avail. Not even any call backs or anything. What is the secret?

    Chad Miller

  8. Chad,

    The way I see it, there are two ways to get a job: the traditional put your resume out there and hope for the best method or the networking method.

    I’ve had a few different internships/projects over the years and ALL of them have been networking-type situations.

    It’s not to late to start networking. I’d start with ASME. I get at least half-dozen emails a month forwarded to me through IEEE from alumni looking to hire graduating seniors. That might be a good place to start.

  9. Good points. I do a lot of networking through my fraternity, SigEp. It’s how I got my present job not, at TRW Automotive in Detroit. The thing is, I need to get out of the Automotive business. One, it’s not my passion, and two, the big three (Ford, GM, Chrysler) are headed nowhere fast. I somehow managed to let my gpa still to a 3.01, which I blame on my girlfriend, but I wonder if that has put a huge handicap on my job hunting ability.

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