I am Shanice Anderson, a rising senior in the Business Administration program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; my minor is Flight. Through the National Society of Black Engineers‘ (NSBE) Convention, I earned the opportunity to intern with Northrop Grumman in Herndon, Virginia. As a Business Development intern, I gained exposure and experience in how corporations win new contracts. I worked alongside the following divisions: Proposals, Communications, Legal, Strategic Planning, and numerous others. For example, I was involved in weekly staff meetings, monthly and quarterly financial reviews. My input was valued and I felt included in projects. My education from Embry-Riddle translated to my blossoming career at Northrop Grumman. Ultimately, my advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint facilitated my transition to the corporate world.
I think students that truly believe in NSBE’s mission – to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community – should attend NSBE’s convention. NSBE has provided me with an extraordinary experience. The Convention is the largest gathering of inspirational and passionate young Black visionaries. The two-day career fair is unbelievable! Individuals from different countries, regions, states, and schools come together as one to fulfill NSBE’s mission. Everyone wants to see you succeed and flourish. Aside from the career fair, there’s also workshops, hospitality suites, and the Golden Torch Awards. The impact that the NSBE Convention has on our Society is significant.
After becoming an Eagle alumna, I plan to pursue my Master of Business Administration from Howard University, while working in the Professional Development Program for Northrop Grumman. Under the guidance of my Northrop Grumman mentors, I was able to further solidify my career aspirations. After I’m an established businesswoman, I want to start my own charity.
For those seeking an internship, the best quality to have is open-mindedness. Although I’m always prepared with a resume and elevator pitch, I actually wasn’t looking for an internship last spring; I planned on finishing my Private Pilot’s License. I’d advise you to perfect your brand by utilizing Career Services. They’re always willing to help, and they’re experts in career preparation.
The 2016 NSBE Convention will be held in Boston, Massachusetts from March 23-27