Boeing selects two SA students for internship programme


Boeing has announced the selection of two South African students for its International Business Intern Programme (IBIP) at the company’s head office in Seattle.

Still in their 20s, Robert Clark and Makhosazana Ncube, have already managed to oversee a project to improve nature conservation using quadcopter drones, co-direct the conversion of an aircraft to paratrooper transport, and redesign factory layouts to improve production. The two South African students caught the attention of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and were selected for its six month International Business Internship Programme (IBIP) in Seattle, USA.

Boeing said IBIP gives students valuable exposure to the latest technological and business advances and thinking in a variety of disciplines relating to business operations, finance, marketing, strategy and the aviation industry.

J. Miguel Santos, Boeing Managing Director – Sub-Sahara Africa and Director of Commercial Airplane Sales for Africa said “We’re very impressed with the caliber of students that applied. I am excited for them to start in January, it’s a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience, not only in a new country but also at the world’s largest aerospace company.”

The students will be exposed to a range of business activities and work alongside Boeing employees in various fields. They will also have an opportunity to spend time with Boeing leaders, visit several Boeing factories and share their experience with other IBIP interns from around the world. They will be provided mentors and the support they need to succeed, Boeing said on 12 December.