Interns build industry experience through scholarship program

Congratulations to the eight undergraduates who have recently completed a 12 week internship with BAE Systems Australia.

The Bachelor of Engineering students have had a great head start in their careers after completing a 12 week placement as a part of the National Naval Shipbuilding Pipeline Scholarship Pilot, introduced by the Department of Defence in 2020. The program is administered by the Naval Shipbuilding College, who have recruited students from across Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).  

BAE Systems Australia offered three students the opportunity to gain insights in to the Hydrographic In Service Support (HISS) Program in Queensland at the Cairns site, whilst the remaining five worked across the Hunter & Anzac Programs, and also within the CTO (Chief Technology Office) in Melbourne.

  Jordan and Connor interns     

Jordan, who completed his internship in Cairns on the Hydrographic vessels, found great value in his time with the business. 

“The opportunities this internship has afforded me makes me feel like I’m really getting a head start on my career, and makes me excited for the possibilities of what my career could be in the future," he said.

The supervisors were extremely impressed with the calibre of students and the work that they achieved. Drew Jardine, Project Engineering Manager HISS, oversaw three interns in Queensland on the Hydrographic program.

“The young and enthusiastic team of undergraduate engineers from QUT have impressed at every stage working with us over the last 3 months," he says.

Simply put, they are stars of the future

Drew Jardine, Project Engineering Manager HISS

BAE Systems Australia hosted 8 out of the 35 students who were awarded the scholarship. Charlotte Mosley, Resourcing Manager BAE Systems Maritime Australia, has said the program is an excellent way to attract talent early on in their careers.
“This is an excellent opportunity to help build our pipeline of talent and showcase what career options we have to offer in the Shipbuilding industry. The scholarship is a great initiative and shows strong collaboration between the NSC, Academia and Industry. We hope this experience leads the students to pursue a future pathway on the BAE Graduate program once they have finished their studies," she says.

The program is on track to continue again this year with a new intake of students expected to begin in April.
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BAE Systems Australia 3 March 2021