iSchool course leads to career with United Airlines

Elysia Woodward

For Elysia Woodward (BSIS '23), it was an introductory class, Exploring the iSchool with a Human-Centered Lens (IS 100), that kickstarted her career. Now an associate in the ECDLP (Early Career Digital Leadership Program) at United Airlines, Woodward found out about United's internship programs and the ECDLP program through IS 100. She applied for an internship position in the summer of 2022 and received a return offer as an ECDLP associate.

"In my current rotation, I am working as a POC [proof of concept] project management associate at Airshop, United's new innovation lab that aims to disrupt the aviation industry with researching new technologies and conducting POCs," she said.

Her favorite part of her job is exploring different roles within the company to find out which teams and tasks suit her the best. The exploration period is helping her develop skills in several different areas.

"I find it to be impactful that I am now leading teams in conducting research for new technologies that can be incremental to the development of the company," said Woodward. "It seems small in scope, but knowing how large of an impact these technological developments can have on this growing company is crazy to think about!"

Woodward transferred into the iSchool in her junior year, finding the faculty and staff "so supportive and passionate about their students." Her advice to current students is that it’s okay to not know exactly what you want to do after graduation.

"There are so many opportunities that allow you to explore and grow before finding the role that is your best fit. Take your time, always be open to learning, and don't worry about if you don't have an exact five-year plan following graduation. Everything will work out in its own time," she said.

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