Lockheed Martin announced that its annual summer internship program for UAE university students will run on a virtual platform to comply with distance learning measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19.
Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation and Security Solutions (CISS), based in Masdar City, has hosted the merit-based program every year since 2017, and will take the initiative online this year as part of its commitment to advance human capital development in the UAE. Top-performing Emirati and UAE-based university students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are invited to apply to join the program, which will run for three months between June 7 and September 7, 2020.
“At Lockheed Martin we are committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers through world-class STEM education initiatives that support the UAE’s goal of creating an agile and sustainable knowledge-based economy,” said Robert S. Harward, Lockheed Martin’s Chief Executive for the Middle East.
“While we are disappointed that students will not be able to train in-person at our facility this year, the health and safety of the community always comes first. The CISS team has done a great job finding creative solutions to deliver a meaningful and fun virtual internship experience, and I am proud that we will continue to encourage a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among UAE students despite the challenges we are all facing this year,” he added.
As part of the internship program for 2020, up to 15 students will work remotely under the guidance of Lockheed Martin’s world-class engineers and chief scientists on real-world projects that will positively impact the UAE’s aerospace and defense industry.
Students will receive specialist training in fields related to Artificial Intelligence development, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle design, defense simulation exercises, business administration skills, and IT systems management.
In the past, successful interns have gone on to secure employment opportunities within Lockheed Martin, as well as UAE government organizations and several entities across EDGE, the UAE’s advanced technology group.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 110,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.