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Manufacturing Internship Program

Interns in the Manufacturing Intern Program

Interns in the Manufacturing Intern Program


Be part of the next-generation workforce.


The Electronic Systems sector (ES) of BAE Systems is partnering with secondary schools in southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts to offer manufacturing internships to local high school seniors and juniors. Students will:

  • Explore various manufacturing career paths through experiential learning.
  • Gain marketable work skills.
  • Experience state-of-the-art technology in the defense manufacturing industry.
  • Work on products that contribute to national defense
  • Earn academic credit.

Read this overview from the director of manufacturing.

What’s manufacturing?
Manufacturing is about making or processing goods, usually in large quantities, with the help of large, computer-driven industrial machines.

Once a product prototype is developed and proven, it’s time to figure out how to build more of that product. This is where manufacturing begins. Manufacturing ends when the finished product is shipped to a customer.

ES manufactures complex systems primarily for the U.S. Department of Defense. See the Electronic Systems sector page to learn more.

About the program

  • Applicants must be seniors or juniors in high school while they are doing the internship.
  • Internships are run after school during the semester.
  • Applicants should have an interest in a career in advanced manufacturing after graduation.
  • Students must be available to begin their internship by 3 p.m. daily.

Internships are paid positions that last one semester. They are conducted at the company's facilities in Nashua and Merrimack, New Hampshire. Students are paired with job coaches who help them learn hands-on technical skills as well as communication, teamwork, and dependability. They work in the afternoon, after school, typically 8 to 12 hours per week.

Interns have the potential to be hired after graduation.

Note: Engineering is a different career path than the manufacturing opportunities explored in this program. These internships are generally not for students going directly to college after high school, or who plan to study engineering.

Spring Internship 2014

Spring 2014 interns have been selected and the application process is closed. We are not accepting applications at this time.

See your school-to-careers coordinator or guidance counselor for more information about this program.


November 11 – December 18, 2013 Students apply for internships
January 13 – 14, 2014 Intern interviews
January 20 – February 2014 Offers and background checks
March 3, 2014 Internships begin



  • Download the frequently-asked-questions document at right.
  • Talk with your school-to-careers coordinator or guidance counselor.
  • Contact Darlene Rheaume the program coordinator, via the contact link at right.

Information for school counselors

We are available each fall to visit schools and talk to those students interested in internships and the manufacturing industry. We also talk to guidance departments and teachers.

School-to-careers coordinators, teachers, and guidance counselors are invited to the company's south Nashua Facility each October to learn about the program and tour the plant.

We partner with Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) and encourage students in that program to apply for our internships.




Darlene Rheaume

Darlene Rheaume

Manufacturing Internship Program coordinator

Electronic Systems