Trail Blazing

Embry-Riddle, Boeing partner to pave new path to success for military students.

A new collaboration between Boeing and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has created an additional career pathway for military students.

And that pathway has already paid dividends for students Blake Evans (’22) and Corey Hume (’22). 

Evans just accepted a position as a finance intern at the aerospace giant through the new program, which created five virtual internships that will morph into full-time jobs once students graduate. 

“I just want to make the most of the opportunity,” said Evans, who recently transitioned from the Air Force and is pursuing his MBA in Aviation with a concentration in Business Analytics and Intelligence through the Worldwide College of Business.

“I would love to end up at Boeing,” he said.

Hume is already there. She was interviewed for a spot in the finance internship program but at the same time was also offered a full-time role in Estimating and Pricing with Boeing in Oklahoma City, a job she accepted and recently started.

“It was amazing how it worked out,” said Hume, a first lieutenant in the Connecticut Air National Guard who is working on her M.S. in Human Factors. “Studying at Embry-Riddle really opened doors, because that’s something people notice on your resume.”

The latest partnership between Embry-Riddle and Boeing began in 2021 as another avenue to help veterans and active-duty military personnel make the transition to civilian careers.

“We’re really excited to partner with Boeing to offer this excellent career opportunity directly benefitting our military veteran students,” says Arnold James, Career Services Director for the Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus. “This demonstrates the value of industry partnerships we’re committed to establishing ensuring student career success.”

Open to full-time residential and Worldwide Campus students who are serving or have served, it promises an above entry-level full-time job, including a signing bonus and benefits, for students once they graduate.

In the initial round, 120 students applied. Eight were interviewed and five verbal offers were made.

One of them was to Evans, who spent six years in the Air Force. He is now part of the contracts group for the C-17 Globemaster, a military transport aircraft.

“I am really grateful to Embry-Riddle for the opportunity,” said Evans, who started on Boeing in late January. “The classes I have taken there have also really helped me.”

Hume joined the Connecticut Air National Guard seven years ago as she was trying to work her way through college. She began hearing about Embry-Riddle from fellow airman and officers and started her master’s program at the Worldwide Campus in 2020.

“Embry-Riddle has a fantastic military program,” Hume said. “It’s been a breeze to work with them. They understand military service.”

Hume said she began applying for jobs at Boeing more than a year ago and was excited when the new finance intern program was introduced. When she applied for it, she got a look at some of the other things that set Embry-Riddle apart.

“Embry-Riddle called me right away and offered all kinds of help to get me ready for the interview,” she said. “I couldn’t believe they reached out to me like that. They wanted me to succeed and we’re willing to do whatever it took. I thought that was awesome.”

As it turned out, two doors opened at once for Hume, so she chose the full-time opportunity and has moved to Oklahoma City to begin her new job.

The flexible online learning options offered by the Worldwide Campus will enable Hume and Evans to complete their master’s degrees as they continue working to build their new careers at Boeing.