Every summer, an influx of college students joins Dynetics as part of the internship program. While the company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, has built a history of technical excellence using innovation and integrity, Dynetics also boasts a collaborative culture that provides interns with first hand experiences. As part of the internship program, students get the opportunity to build their skills while providing cutting-edge capabilities to all Dynetics' customers.
Over 80 students from local schools took part in the program, including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Athens State and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Additionally, this year students from schools across the country participated, including universities in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Texas.
"This is truly one of our favorite times of the year," said Brittney Scott, Dynetics college recruiting coordinator. "We have many interns that return year after year, and of course some that stay on full-time after they've graduated. This is one of the best ways to learn more about their skillsets, as well as Dynetics."
The interns bring a wide range of educational experience and skills to the company, with the overwhelming majority studying different engineering disciplines. During their time at Dynetics, interns support groups such as Foreign Weapon Systems, Strike Systems and Directed Energy.
Here is a look at numbers from the 2021 interns and what they study:
· Electrical Engineering - 22%
· Business - 18%
· Mechanical Engineering - 15%
· Aerospace Engineering - 13%
· Computer Engineering - 13%
· Computer Science - 13%
· Other (math, physics, etc.) - 6%
"During my internship I had the opportunity to grow my mechanical engineering design muscles in many ways, such as using a new CAD software, learning the best practices for fastened and welded joints and understanding how to make decisions to accommodate different military specifications," said Madelyn Clark, an upcoming senior at Auburn University. "The people I work with have been very supportive, and I am very thankful for the way they have challenged and helped me."
Not only do the interns work hard, but they play hard, too. The group has several opportunities to bond with the department they support, as well as other interns from different divisions. The summer kick-off in June included a Rocket City Trash Pandas baseball game where the interns gathered with the recruitment team and prepared for the work ahead. Throughout their internships, they have the opportunity to attend multiple lunch and learn sessions and movie socials with their mentors before wrapping the program up with intern presentations, where they showcase the work they've supported at Dynetics.
"As an intern, I like that I am still given the opportunity to perform meaningful work and to be a real part of the engineering team," said Joel Rivera, an upcoming senior at Purdue University.