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Kayla Rice, MBA'15

Kayla Rice

Strategy & Programs Corporate Resident, UTC Aerospace Systems

"The corporate residency differs from a traditional internship because it provides you with the opportunity to become a member of the team with the same responsibility and workload as other full-time staff members."

Q: How is the D’Amore-McKim corporate residency different from a traditional internship?

A: The corporate residency provides you with the opportunity to become a member of the team. Because you have six months to learn and carry out extended-term projects, you’re able to have the same responsibility and workload as other full-time staff members. You’re always expected to sharpen your skill set, and often asked to take the lead on projects. For example, in my residency at UTAS I worked with members of the team to collect inputs and analyze growth opportunities to create the 2015 Aftermarket Sales Plan.

Q: How did you impact the business?

A: I truly believe I was able to impact the business at UTAS during my corporate residency because of the many cross-functional opportunities that were available. I worked with several strategic business units during my tenure to create high-level presentations for the C-suite. I also created streamlined processes for several data collection projects, such as the Military Aftermarket Review and 5 year strategy. Additionally, I developed tools in Excel to help team members pull data more easily from the internal system to improve efficiency.

Q: How has the corporate residency solidified your career path or set you up for success in the long run?

A: My experience gave me multiple skills that I can utilize in my future career. I sharpened my analytical abilities through multiple projects working with big data in order to pull out the key messages. I also further developed my communication skills by working with people from different backgrounds in order to reach a common goal. Overall, I feel that I am well prepared for my future in the supply chain industry.

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