Norman Hamilton, a junior majoring in computer science, has a summer internship at Boeing.
Norman Hamilton, a junior who majors in computer science, has a summer internship at Boeing, a leading aerospace company.
Hamilton is spending the summer working in Boeing’s Information Technology division in Bellevue, Wash. It’s not easy to get an internship at Boeing, which routinely gets resumes from the nation’s top college students.
Hamilton, however, is a student athlete who is involved on campus and already did an internship with a major technology company. Last summer, he interned at Hewlett-Packard in Berkeley Heights, N.J., working as a field engineer intern. He maintains a high GPA in a tough major – computer science – and also minors in business. He belongs to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP); is a sprinter and relay expert on NJIT’s Track and Field Team; and is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). EOP has been a great support to him, he said, while the track team taught him discipline and teamwork and NSBE helped him get his internship at Boeing.
Hamilton attended NSBE’s recent national conference and career fair in Anaheim, Calif., which is where he met recruiters from Boeing. He interviewed with them; they were impressed and a week later, while he was still in class at NJIT, he received a Boeing email bearing good news.
“It all happened so fast -- it was so exciting,” said Hamilton. “I responded immediately to the email saying I accept the job.”
Boeing is taking an increasing interest in NJIT students. Last year, Boeing hired Kwame Boler, then an NJIT senior, to work as an electrical engineer. Boler had also done an internship at Boeing. This year, Boeing hired Wilfredo Alvizures, a 2015 graduate, to participate in its prestigious rotational leadership program. In 2013, Boeing hired Information Systems graduate Theo Blount to work in its Flight Control Unit.
And an alum who graduated in 1981, Norma Clayton, is the vice president of learning, training and development at Boeing. She is a member of the NJIT Board of Overseers and in 2009 was named the Technologist of the Year by Black Engineer.com.
Like many NJIT students, Hamilton is the first in his family to attend college. His parents immigrated to America from Sierra Leone and eventually settled in Ewing Township, where he grew up. His mother is a nurse and his father is a hotel manager. And like most NJIIT students, Hamilton attributes his success to a strong work ethic.
“My parents, especially my mother, taught me to persevere and work hard in my studies,” he said. “She is always pushing me to do my best and to get a good education at NJIT, which will be my path to a better life.”
By Robert Florida (email@example.com)