Aircraft manufacturer Boeing [NYSE: BA] has been ranked the number one spot for internships among Yello’s sixth annual Top 100 Internship Programs List. Yello—the largest diversity, equity, and inclusion talent recruitment provider—annually highlights companies across all industries that have established top internship programs.
Though companies have to nominate themselves to be considered for a spot on the list, a panel of industry-leading judges selects the top internships. Aside from compensation and perks, the Yello panel factors in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), career development, full-time employment prospects, and unique program aspects.
Boeing, which hosts roughly 1,400 interns across all divisions, took the top spot for a range of reasons. For one, Boeing was recognized for its efforts to drive DEI intentionally by setting organizational goals and making strides to increase representation across programs.
The company was also commended for the community it has built among interns by connecting them with mentors that are full-time employees for networking and professional development opportunities.
Also, with its global presence and tradition of embracing hybrid work, the multinational company has internship cycles that spread year-round and ensure that more students have options for early career opportunities.
In light of the shifting pandemic work structure, Yello said 80 percent of the companies it reviewed embraced hybrid work rules that allowed them to expand their internship programs.
In addition to Boeing, other aviation and aerospace companies that made the list included Southwest Airlines [NYSE: LUV] and Spirit Aerosystems [NYSE: SPR]. Southwest Airlines’ internship program, based in Dallas, Texas, was highlighted for the unlimited free space-available flights and professional development courses, among other perks for interns.
Yello also highlighted Spirit Aerosystems’ program for the opportunity that interns get to visit the Doc Museum in Wichita, Kansas, which houses a restored World War II Boeing B-29 Aircraft.