The Boeing Co. will offer internships each summer for business students who participate in a new Business Eagles Program created by Embry-Riddle’s College of Business.
“Hiring a college student for three months is just a long interview,” said Mark Lyden, a lead recruiter for Boeing and an Embry-Riddle graduate. “We can evaluate them on the job and, if their performance is good, they’re the people we want to hire back. Likewise, students can see if they like the company, plus it gives them added experience to draw on in interviews.”
“There is no better way for employers to test-drive a prospective employee than an internship,” said Dawna Rhoades, associate dean of Embry-Riddle’s College of Business. “We think our students are the Ferraris of aviation business, and want them to have the opportunity to prove it.”
Lyden said that for the past several years corporate recruiters like him have begun using summer internships as a guide in their hiring decisions. “College students who do not get at least one internship are putting themselves at a serious competitive disadvantage in the job market,” he said.
Business students who intern at Boeing can work in the areas of accounting, contracts, finance, human resources, program management, marketing, sales, and supplier management.
Students who are accepted into the Business Eagles program, who maintain all the qualifications of the program, and apply for a Boeing job opening online, will have an opportunity to interview with a Boeing representative.
Rhoades says Embry-Riddle hopes to expand its Business Eagles program to include other employers.