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MU Engineering, Raytheon partner on first-of-its-kind program

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Representatives from Mizzou Engineering, MU and Raytheon met to sign a partnership agreement Monday.

The University of Missouri College of Engineering and Raytheon are teaming up to provide students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do cutting-edge research for the defense industry.

The MU Raytheon National Defense Fellowship Program is seeking high-achieving sophomores and juniors for internships designed to provide world-class experience for students, who will work on critical and challenging defense and national security projects. This unique fellowship will build a pipeline of talented engineers to fill Raytheon’s full-time national security workforce.

“This program is a tremendous opportunity for Mizzou Engineering students interested in the defense industry,” MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa said. “It is experiential learning of the highest level and provides an excellent start to the careers of our Mizzou Made engineering leaders.”

This is the only partnership of its kind between a university and Raytheon nationwide, and it will offer a $10,000 signing bonus upon acceptance into the internship program and an additional $10,000 bonus when the student graduates and begins working for Raytheon full time. In addition, Raytheon will cover the cost for students to receive their security clearance and cover additional expenses as the interns take part in summer internships at Raytheon.

Interested students should apply here or visit Raytheon at its information session at noon on Monday, Sept. 17 in W1004 Lafferre Hall. Students can also inquire at Raytheon’s booth at the College of Engineering Fall Career Fair on Sept. 18.

“The University of Missouri’s engagement with the community, especially with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is a great opportunity for us,” said John Balaguer, vice president of Engineering and Technology at Raytheon. “These types of partnerships address a critical need for the business and offer a wealth of opportunities for students as they continue to grow in their higher education and professional careers.”

About the Program

  • Targeting students at beginning of sophomore year but open to juniors and seniors
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for admittance to the program and a minimum 3.0 GPA to stay in the program
  • Computer Science students must have taken CS1050 and CS2050; other majors eligible through demonstrated programming experience
  • Raytheon will pay for students to receive their national security clearance
  • $10,000 signing bonus upon intern acceptance to the program
  • Interns have the option to work 12 to 15 hours per week during the academic year on unclassified Raytheon projects prior to receiving their clearance
  • Interns will work on-site in Dallas or another Raytheon facility for 10 to 12 weeks during the first summer after program acceptance and receive benefits such as 401k and paid time off accrual
  • $2,500 lump sum provided for relocation for interns traveling 50 or more miles from their permanent residence for the summer internship
  • Once security clearance has been granted, interns will work part-time during their junior and senior year supporting Raytheon programs from the MU Campus
  • Receive a $10,000 signing bonus upon graduation when student is converted to full-time employee status
  • As a part of this program interns sign an offer agreement that they agree to remain at Raytheon for a minimum of two years after graduating/becoming a full-time employee
  • Program requires candidate must be eligible to obtain a national security clearance. Except in rare circumstances, only U.S. citizens are eligible for a national security clearance

Summer of 2019 Internship Program:

  • Raytheon on-site summer intern experience consists of professional development, training, mentorship and networking
  • Interns will work on-site in Dallas or another Raytheon facility for 10 to 12 weeks during the first summer after program acceptance and receive benefits such as 401k and paid time off accrual
  • Raytheon pays for travel costs and room and board paid for by the student
  • Students are supervised by local Cityline engineering supervisor

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Ability to obtain and retain a top secret clearance
  • 3.0 GPA requirement
  • Commit to working at Raytheon Cityline facility for two years after graduation
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