Lockheed Martin Graduates First Class Of High School Engineering Interns

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 30, 2015 – Five Arlington Independent School District (ISD) seniors gave their final project reports marking the completion of their  high school engineering internship at Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Aeronautics business. Upon their high school graduation, they will transition to college interns for the summer.

Lockheed Martin developed the program in partnership with Arlington ISD as part of its efforts to prime the pipeline for engineering talent. In addition to a mature internship program, Arlington ISD incorporates the Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum in its schools.  Project Lead the Way is a nationwide experiential engineering curriculum designed to spur interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

The five student interns – Benson Phillips and Amy Hughes from Arlington High School, Abdallah Shishani from Juan Seguin High School, Austin Smith from Martin High School, and Colton McAfee from Bowie High School – began their internships in September 2014 after a stringent review and interview process coordinated by Arlington ISD and Lockheed Martin.

“The students have had an opportunity to engage in engineering assignments and projects in several of our labs and flight operations areas,” said Laura Hopkins, Lockheed Martin corporate staffing director.  “They are making meaningful impacts on our business, and will continue to do so through their college studies and summer internships.”  

“Project Lead the Way is also interested in expanding the high school engineering internship program to other business partners,” said Judy D’Amico, Project Lead the Way vice president of development.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.