Co-op Spotlight from Summer 2013: Jason P. Alvarez

Embry-Riddle’s Cooperative Education/Internship Program at the Daytona Beach campus had 144 participants this past summer term.  Students gained practical work experiences in co-op or internship positions with approximately 103 companies in the U.S. and across the globe.

Jason is just one of the students whose summer was spent gaining valuable experience in an environment where he was being mentored and supervised by other professionals.

Jason P. AlvarezJason boeing

Estimating & Pricing Specialist Intern

Commercial Aviation Services Core Finance, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

My internship this summer in CAS Finance has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. My manager, Vance Bader, has been an excellent leader and has given me lots of flexibility to dive into complex projects and get a good understanding of how the business model works in CAS. Additionally, he allowed me to explore other fields (marketing, sales, finance, etc.) by conducting informational interviews with managers and the leadership team. These informational interviews have allowed me to expand my network, seek advice, and see how the other business units fit in the overall strategy of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

A few of the teams that I worked on projects for (besides CAS) were Flight Services and Digital Aviation. The Flight Services Estimating Project that I worked on with Kristen Roller was to clean up historical data and have it easily accessible to read and decipher. I broke down the costs to the right level of the specific business case activity and looked at costs by teardown, Jason another Boeingpackaging/boxing, shipping land, shipping sea, set up, and re-certify the simulator for training. The Digital Aviation Project that I worked with Rich Crowley was to contact AeroInfo, CDG, and ILS and see how they catalog and update prices for services. This project allowed me to contact the chief financial officers and ask them a variety of questions in order to gather the data for which I was looking.

My time away from work was enjoyable as well. For example, a lot of my time was spent outdoors (running, hiking, etc.) and traveling. I was fortunate enough to travel to San Francisco, Alaska, and Las Vegas. Also, I got to spend my 4th of July with my roommates/friends watching fireworks on the water and kayaking most of the day.

My time in Seattle has exceeded my expectations, and I cannot wait to return in the summer of 2014 as an intern in pursuit of an MBA!

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