Summer interns earn while they learn at BAE Systems

More than 140 students have been taking part in BAE Systems’ 12-week summer internship programme, taking up roles in engineering and a range of other fields.

Summer Interns Rez Nuru and Alex Rubin working in Portsmouth Naval Base.
Summer Interns Rez Nuru and Alex Rubin working in Portsmouth Naval Base.

The programme, which is now in its third year, gives students the chance to learn from experienced technicians, while also earning £4,200 over the three-month placement. Interns work across a range of sites, including Portsmouth Naval Base and Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

“This is my second summer internship with BAE Systems,” said Rezaul Nuru, a 20-year-old studying for a Master’s in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London (UCL), and currently on placement in Portsmouth.

“Last year I worked on the Queen Elizabeth Class floor plate and I loved it so much I applied again this year. I was lucky enough to be offered work in a different area of the business this summer, and this is helping me develop the skills I’ve learnt throughout my degree in a real working environment.”

According to BAE Systems, it invests around £80m in skills and training activity each year. This includes a number of initiatives to encourage uptake in STEM subjects, such as the Schools Roadshow, run in association with the Royal Air Force.

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

“The Summer Internship programme gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase the exciting work we do here at BAE Systems. This year we are recruiting a record-breaking 300 graduates and 800 apprentices. It is our hope that interns will be inspired to join us after their first-hand experience of the incredible work undertaken at Maritime Services.”