Students Soar to New Heights through High School Internship Program

Lockheed Martin is committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers and creating a pipeline of future talent. With the need to hire 60,000 new engineers within the next five to 10 years, it is crucial that we invest in students who are passionate about pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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In 2014, we interviewed 10 candidates from the Arlington Independent School District for a high school student internship program. Five seniors were selected from this group to participate in an internship of a lifetime at the Fort Worth Aeronautics facility beginning last September.

As part of their high school’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering program, their interest in our programs and knowledge in our field was high. Every week, they were provided the opportunity to work alongside engineers who are building and perfecting the aircraft that many of their peers may fly in the future.

“The most important lesson I’m learning and continually reminded of is that at the end of the day, there is a man in the cockpit of the plane that an engineer designed wearing a G-suit that an engineer designed, and a helmet that yet another engineer designed,” said intern Colton McAfee. “The pilot trusts these engineers with his life every time he flies. Therefore, the engineers have a moral responsibility to make sure they produce a product that is 100 percent defect-free, as Lockheed Martin expects, and totally effective at keeping that pilot alive.”

In addition to learning from aerospace experts, participants in this program sharpened their communication skills, built their professional portfolio, increased their ability to adapt to the workplace, and ultimately created a deeper passion for a future career in STEM.

Jan. 14, 2015

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