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.
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.”