Inside Scoop with Bridget Corry - Internships

by Bridget Corry

Posted on Jan. 16, 2019

1. Who are Genesis?

Genesis are a full service aircraft leasing platform focusing on leasing narrow body Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft.

2. Can you describe what your typical day looked like during your internship?

I was part of the Commercial team that look’s after the re-leasing and acquisition of aircraft. I worked in a cross-functional role that involved some technical aspects as well. Because the Genesis platform is expanding, every day is different. Alongside my day-to-day tasks, I had the opportunity to get involved with a variety of projects throughout the company. Typically, the commercial team travels frequently to meet with customers and attends conferences to learn about trends in the industry. After my internship, I joined this team on a full-time basis.

3. What was your biggest challenge on the internship?

Having the courage to ask questions, even if you think they are silly. It is always important to believe in your skills and abilities, but it is just as important to ask questions. Having the confidence to ask questions and making sure you fully understand any new concepts will help you overcome many of the challenges you will face.

4. In your opinion, was it difficult to balance the internship with other priorities?

Working full time for the first time will always pose challenges. You have to be on time each day, you can’t just leave because you have something else to do like in college, and you have to learn to manage your time well and understand when you need to ask for help if a deadline is just too tight.

5. Did your experience help you with your college courses?

Yes, my previous internships at other aircraft lessors did (I was finished college when I joined the Genesis team), however, not in the way I would have expected, as what I was learning in Queen’s was mostly design based. The internships helped me stay motivated as I was working in an industry I love. They also gave me a new appreciation for some of the “odd ball” subjects they made us study as engineers e.g. economics and accounting.

6. What is the best part of doing an internship?

Understanding the role and what it truly entails and the connections you make. Connections are very important, and it is always good to have someone ahead of you in their career for a little advice if you need it. Having a 3- month trial run of your potential future career will also give you a great idea of how much you really want the job…you may not like it at all! And that’s ok, it is important to recognise that not every role will suit you, and the dream internship you thought you had bagged could turn into a 3-month slog, but that is better than a 3-year slog in your first job!

7. Did you think the experiences you have had so far would prepare you for other careers, or are they specific to this company?

After completing 2 internships in technical roles, I have taken on a commercial support role. I think it is safe to say, all experience will stand to you. If you get stuck in and make the most of the time you have in any company, you will learn something about the job, the industry or even yourself and your own abilities. These experiences can all be used for future interviews and completing internships will show you have an interest in the industry.

8. Any tips for others who might be thinking about an internship?

Get stuck in, whatever the task is, embrace it and ask for help if you need it. People understand you are just starting out in your career and are more than willing to help. You should also keep track of things you do every day. I used to spend 10 minutes reflecting on all the tasks and meetings throughout the day and try to write them down. It seems odd when you are doing it, however it is very useful to have when preparing for future interviews.