Aeronautical Engineering

Engineering Students Blast Off With BAE Systems Internships

Written by Seb Murray | Aeronautical Engineering | Thursday 3rd September 2015 13:22:00 GMT

The aerospace group is recruiting a record number of graduates and apprentices

© Edi_Eco

© Edi_Eco

Hot young engineers hunting for careers would do well to take a look at BAE Systems, the world’s third-largest defence company.

The British engineering giant is snapping up a higher number of paid summer interns. More than 140 university students from across the UK have already been given a unique insight into working life at BAE Systems, as part of the firm’s 12-week summer internship scheme. The company will in total recruit a record 300 graduates and 800 apprentices.

The interns are being paid £4,200, as well as receiving an externally recognised certificate from EAL (Excellence, Achievement & Learning), the industry specialist awarding organization.

Now in its third year, the “growing” summer program gives students the opportunity to learn from employees who are experts in their fields.

Rezaul Nuru, a 20-year-old studying for a Master’s in electronic and electrical engineering at University College London, is on a placement in Portsmouth, southwest of London.

It is his second summer internship with BAE Systems, after working on the floor plate of Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, powerful surface warships.

“I was lucky enough to be offered work in a different area of the business this summer,” he said. “This is helping me develop the skills I’ve learnt throughout my degree in a real working environment.”

Ross Godbolt, a 21 year old student studying aerospace engineering at Leeds University who is also on the scheme, said he values the chance to work with, and learn from people with in-depth knowledge and experience.

“I’m developing a much higher level of understanding and knowledge of a good private industry — this is something that cannot be fully taught at college or university,” he said.

He believes the experience will give him a much greater chance of future employment.

“The internship is a fantastic opportunity to gain vital industry experience and I’d recommend it to any student,” he added.

BAE Systems invests around £80 million in skills and training activity each year. It runs a number of initiatives annually to highlight the importance of STEM subjects to young people and business — the UK faces a dire shortage of engineers, who tend to come from STEM backgrounds.

Amanda Nelson, HR director at BAE Systems Maritime Services, said: “Ensuring we have a strong pipeline of future talent from a wide variety of backgrounds is vital to our business.”

She added that the summer internship program provides the company with a fantastic opportunity to showcase career opportunities.

BAE Systems is recruiting a record-breaking 300 graduates and 800 apprentices, according to Amanda. “It is our hope that interns will be inspired to join us after their first-hand experience.”

Alex Reuben, a 21-year-old Exeter University student on the internship program, said the process has been both exciting and challenging. “I’ve loved working in an environment where my input is valued and I feel fully supported by the company.”  

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