Arlington School & Family Magazine June/July 2015 - Page 9

Lockheed Martin Graduates First Class of High School Engineering Interns Five AISD seniors gave their final project reports marking the completion of their high school engineering internship at Lockheed Martin’s aeronautics business. Upon their high school graduation, they will transition to college interns for the summer. Lockheed Martin developed the program in partnership with the AISD as part of its efforts to prime the pipeline for engineering talent. In addition to a mature internship program, the AISD 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 are Benson Phillips and Amy Hughes from Arlington High School, Colton McAfee from Bowie High School, Austin Smith from Martin High School, and Abdallah Shishani from Seguin High School. “The students have had an opportunity to engage in engineering assignments and projects,” 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’Amigo, 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. † “I would say the most rewarding part of my internship at Lockheed was having something I could work on all year and constantly learn from, be that from trial and error or from feedback from my supervisor. I went in with not the slightest idea of what a database was, but with the resources and time there, I was able to teach myself how to build one. Learning in that way is not only more effective, it’s so much more rewarding than anything else I have experienced.” ~ Colton McAfee June/July 2015 - Arlington School & Family 7