BAE Systems Australia has this week welcomed 21 interns who will gain valuable hands-on work experience over the summer holidays in a range of engineering and business management roles.
The students will spend the next 12 weeks undertaking paid work and gaining experience which may lead them to future careers in the engineering sector.
This year, more than 1,000 third year university students applied for the roles in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales.
Four of the roles will be filled by Career Trackers interns, a national non?profit organisation supporting the long?term career aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students. BAE Systems Australia entered into a long-term partnership with Career Trackers last year.
BAE Systems intern program complements its graduate program. There are currently 128 graduates in the business. The internship program is another pathway to a career in the industry and ten of the graduates who will start with the company in 2020, completed summer internships in 2019.
BAE Systems Chief Executive Gabby Costigan said:
“It’s really important for students to have meaningful work experience ahead of making decisions about their future careers.
“I am delighted that we can provide the interns with a taste of what could be a very exciting, lifelong career within the defence industry.
“Advancing the next generation of employees within our business is an important element of our strategy.
“Combined with a range of initiatives including scholarships, investing in a future workforce through internships will help ensure that we develop the capability we need to deliver our future defence programs including the Hunter Class Frigates, the Jindalee Operational Radar Network and to support the men and women in the Australian Defence Force.”
In 2020, BAE Systems Australia will recruit more than 70 graduates, which will take the total number of graduates in training in the business to around 200.
Since 2017, BAE Systems has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students at universities across Australia. This year, eight students are receiving scholarships worth around $40,000.