University students will spend the next 6-12 weeks undertaking paid work aligned to their study in a pilot Internship Program. Students will be working in a range of engineering, program management and functional roles during the program.
Some 650 third year university students applied for the roles in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
Eight of the 24 roles will be filled by CareerTrackers interns. CareerTrackers is a national non‑profit organisation supporting the long‑term aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students. BAE Systems’ is about to begin a partnership with CareerTrackers that will commit the company to providing internships for up to 10 Indigenous interns per year over the next 10 years.
The internship program complements the company’s national graduate program. The two year program provides graduates with four placements where they work on a range of nationally important defence projects across Australia.
Forty three graduates were employed in 2017. Seventy eight will join the company in 2019.
BAE Systems Chief Executive Gabby Costigan said:
“I am really pleased that we can offer meaningful experiences to students over the next 12 weeks.
“It’s important that industry provide opportunities such as these so that students can determine a career path that is going to work for them – providing them with a taste of what could be a very exciting, lifelong career within the defence industry.