Booz Allen’s Summer Games internship program is competitive, immersive, collaborative, and gamified—it’s the perfect place for networking and growth.
Just ask intern-turned-employee Allun Ward, a data analyst whose time in the program led him directly to the mission-focused career he’s always dreamed of.
During the firm’s ten-week paid program, Allun and his fellow interns collaborated to create solutions for real client challenges—all while competing to win the Summer Games Challenge Cup, an award for the team with the most innovative solution.
We spoke with Allun about his experience as a Summer Games intern—and how that experience prepared him for the beginning of his career.
Tell us about your time as a Summer Games intern. What project did you work on?
My team and I worked on a project called Robo Hack. We got the chance to work on Spot, a dancing robot dog manufactured by Boston Dynamics. We dug into the API of the robot, determined how it worked, and then checked it for cyber vulnerabilities. Once we determined the vulnerabilities, we formulated a plan to fix them that involved helping the robot perform a security sweep that made it more secure and productive.
What were the key takeaways from your time as a Summer Games intern?
If I hadn’t done the internship, I wouldn’t have the interpersonal or networking skills I now have. Because of my time as an intern, I developed the confidence to step outside my comfort zone.
Collaborating with my team and with Booz Allen leaders allowed me to branch out and take initiative. It taught me hard skills that I can apply to any work I do moving forward—but, more importantly, it taught me that I can do whatever I aspire to.