College students gain relevant work experience that they can add to their resumes and, basically, get their foot in the door for a possible job offer upon graduation.
While some companies don’t hire their interns as a matter for practice, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, finds that with their interns, they can cultivate a pipeline of top performers and recruit them into the business. Internships help RI&S hiring managers identify prospective employees who stand out for their demonstrated initiative, collaboration, work ethic and technical proficiency. They discover new candidates with fresh ideas that would make good fits for their teams.
“Internships provide students amazing opportunities to start their careers, hone their skills, find out what they are passionate about and prepare for their future. It’s a great way to preview an organization’s culture, test out what was learned in the classroom, connect with industry professionals, solve problems on projects, and see what it’s like to work as part of a team while on the job,” said Kim Lusk, an RI&S Early-in-Career Talent Acquisition manager. “Through internships, students may also discover other areas of interest they hadn’t previously considered. Gaining real world experience outside of the classroom provides interns an advantage that may lead to full-time job offers.”
During the summer of 2022, RI&S has 631 interns working across the country and in almost every function and mission area. And it’s the business’s goal to hire the best and brightest of these interns when they graduate. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.3 million workers quit their jobs in May 2022. As the “Great Resignation” continues, companies like RI&S are looking at interns as potential future employees.
Here are four RI&S summer 2022 interns who are considering careers at Raytheon Technologies.
Ruiz, a rising junior at Virginia Tech studying computer engineering, is working on the U.S. Army’s Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node, or TITAN, program. TITAN is designed to receive, process and disseminate data received from sensors in the air, space, sea and ground. It can autonomously sift through massive amounts of sensor data to rapidly find and track potential threats.
A first-generation Dominican American, Ruiz is working on TITAN’s data management system, and enjoys his work so much that he hopes to work at RI&S part time when he returns to Virginia Tech in the fall.
“I’m doing a lot of software engineering, and when my internship ends in early August, I don’t want to stop,” he said. “The work is so interesting, and I want to continue working on the program. It’s my hope to come back to this program as an intern next summer, and I want to be up-to-speed on everything so I can hit the ground running and make a contribution.”
Ruiz wants to work in an industry where he can make a positive difference. His last internship was as an undergraduate research assistant at a biomedical engineering lab at Virginia Tech that was doing cancer research.
“I want to help people with my degree, no matter what that is,” Ruiz said. “Raytheon Intelligence & Space is directly developing technologies that help our nation, and also help service members who get deployed, making their lives safer and easier. Now, that’s rewarding.”
Ruiz added that he thinks Raytheon Technologies is a great place to grow and build a career. He said that he’s talked to many of his supervisors about how they’ve been able to work on several interesting programs and move around within the organization.
“I think that keeps the work exciting and fun, and if you’re looking for that change, or even if you want to stay on the same team, you have that option,” he said. “You have that freedom to kind of do what you want, since Raytheon Technologies has four businesses. I could switch to missiles, commercial aerospace or stay at RI&S and do cutting-edge research at Department 22, a section that they just announced that will be developing technology for the future.”