Chaifetz Students Intern in Boeing FLITE Program
Three undergraduate students at the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business participated in the Boeing FLITE internship program during the summer of 2022.
The Boeing FLITE Program (Future Leaders in Thought and Experience) is a paid internship aimed at rising college sophomores pursuing a business-related major at Saint Louis University, Truman State University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis or Howard University, giving these students the opportunity to earn valuable work experience with one of the leading aerospace companies in the world.
Undergraduate students Darcy Taylor, Elizabeth Wangley and Athena Valera-Barrios all participated in the 10-week program, which allows students to network with top aerospace industry leaders, take inside product tours and experience Boeing flight simulators.
“The Boeing FLITE Program is an excellent example of how employers can build high-impact experiential learning opportunities for students in the Chaifetz School of Business,” said Karl Aldrich, Director of the Valerie A. Davisson Career Resources Center. “The invaluable skills our students gain through this experience will have a significant and long-lasting impact on their career development.”
As part of the program, students are assigned a manager and mentor within a finance function and are placed on a team for the summer. Student teams develop a solution and implementation plan for an assigned Boeing business case. Their work is then presented to Boeing leadership at the end of the program.
Each Friday during the program, students participated in “FLITE School,” a unique professional development series aimed at preparing students for a successful career in the world of business.
Boeing says ideal applicants for the program should have prior experience with leadership, extracurricular activities or community service. Students are required to submit a brief essay on the importance of diversity in today’s workforce as part of their application, along with a professional resume.
The application window for the 2023 Boeing FLITE program is set to open in early February.
Founded in 1910, the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University has shaped the future of industry for more than a century. As one of the oldest business schools west of the Mississippi, the Chaifetz School has built a reputation as a leader in business education committed to innovation, inclusion and impact and recognized with eight undergraduate and graduate programs nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.