Eugenie Fontaine is a junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach campus. She completed a summer 2019 internship with The Boeing Company and a fall 2019 internship with Cummins.
How did you obtain your internships with Boeing and Cummins?
I obtained my internships with Boeing and Cummins through the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conference. They posted interview application links, for those attending the conference, and scheduled me for an interview before I got there.
What were your responsibilities in each position?
At Boeing, I worked as a systems engineering intern supporting systems integration of the United States Ground-based Midcourse Defense program. I learned how the system fits together, while also supporting my teammate in visualizing flight test data in MATLAB.
I worked as a product development engineering co-op with Cummins, where I worked in a team analyzing future prototypes for the Cummins 2024 CDV after-treatment mixer. I wrote the test plan, and communicated with technicians to mitigate errors and adjust the direction of testing.
What differences did you find working for each company?
The Defense sector of Boeing moves at a gentler pace because the program is in the sustainment phase. There is a very trusting and social atmosphere at Boeing, and they work hard to ensure their employees are heading towards success.
Product development at Cummins, especially programs seeking to reduce harmful emissions , is very fast paced and on a strict budget. Though you always communicate with a team, the work at Cummins requires daily problem solving and personal adaptation along the way.
What future opportunities do you have lined up?
I am greatly looking forward to interning with Boeing in Huntsville again this summer! I’ll be returning to Space and Defense, but I am not sure where yet.
After that, I am interning as a technical systems engineer with Northrop Grumman Space Systems in the fall.
What advice do you have for other students interested in obtaining an internship/co-op?
Some days are hard, and most days are boring, but every day counts when you’re helping each other to get where you’re going. Reach out and become inspired by getting involved in clubs and projects across campus. Focus, faith, flexibility and supporting others are the only tools you need to find the right path to success.After you have that, attend conferences and keep an eye out for opportunities.