Boeing: A Creative and Tailored Partnership
With a robust Northwestern relationship already established, Boeing came to the University with the business goal of hiring talented students and the philanthropic goal of promoting diversity within the sciences. How the University would best support these goals required some creativity.
Utilizing the University's best strength – its students – Boeing became involved with a number of Northwestern programs including: the Solar Car Team, undergraduate research projects, the EXCEL summer program, the Meaningful Science Consortium, women in science initiatives and the Engineering Student of the Year award. Boeing's involvement was not limited to financial support. The company provided mentoring, in-kind gifts, keynote addresses, student tours, and direct student engagement.
Jonathan Cook (McCormick 2012) studies mechanical engineering and has a strong connection to Boeing. He serves as sponsorship chair for the Solar Car Team supported by Boeing and will be an intern at the company this summer.
“Boeing always has one of the longest lines at career fairs,” said Cook. “The new interns and employees that I've talked to are all really excited about working at Boeing and I know that type of enthusiasm about an employer is contagious amongst students.”
Boeing also has worked with the McCormick School of Engineering to create a “Boeing Day” on campus and a “Shadow Day” at the Boeing St. Louis site. These interactions allowed company employees to meet students, share information, and participate in classroom and applied learning. Students were able to learn about career opportunities and interact with real world engineers working in the industry.
“Great institutions like Northwestern are preparing tomorrow's leaders with the skills and attributes needed to successfully compete in a global environment,” said Diana Sands, Northwestern University executive sponsor and vice president of Investor Relations and Financial Planning for Boeing. “Our strong relationship with Northwestern contributes to nurturing talented minds that will make great contributions to the aerospace industry.”