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Amy Forsyth

Case study

"I visited the engineering team who support the C-17 aircrafts at the RAF."

Amy Forsyth Intern Solution Architect

Name: Amy Forsyth

Organisation attended: Boeing

Job title: Intern Solution Architect in the System Engineering and Integration Team

Location: Bristol

Duration: One year

How did you apply?

I found it challenging to identify potential placements. After reading a job description I would immediately think it was too technical and not for me.

I persevered despite my doubts and accepting my placement has been the best decision I could have made. 

What did you do?

I have worked on large projects which have been delivered to our customers. As a result I have had the opportunity to collaborate with various teams, such as the systems engineers and enterprise architects.

I also visited the engineering team who support the C-17 aircrafts at RAF Brize Norton.

What did you gain from the experience?

I have broadened my knowledge of computing and systems engineering. I have gained an insight into the aerospace and defence industry and developed a wide range of contacts in different areas. 

In what ways has the experience had an impact on your career path/ambitions?

I have decided the defence industry is certainly for me which is a fantastic starting point for my career development. I believe my experience at Boeing will impress future employers. 

Top tips

I would advise that students should be given the chance to work alongside experienced employees, like I have had the opportunity to at Boeing, as opposed to solely managing administrative tasks. Interns are very capable and they want to feel like an important part of the company.

Finally, it is important to ensure that the job description is accurate, in order to be clear about what is expected from the intern.