Our internships, Co-Ops, and early-career opportunities will align your passion for making a difference with a career full of purpose in a hands-on environment. Apply today and take a step toward a trusted, innovative, and bold profession dedicated to defending national security and improving the future.
Our internship program
Bring your classroom knowledge to the real world as you work on next generation-technology and processes from day one. Explore our Learn. Engage. Apply. Progress. (LEAP) internship and co-op programs today.
Break into aerospace and defense at BAE Systems. With access to on-site training, mentorship, and tuition reimbursement, you will be provided with the support you need to grow and thrive along the way.
As we create next-generation technology and processes, we need you to guide the way. As an intern, you will work in a hands-on setting alongside industry experts in functions like engineering, cybersecurity, manufacturing, business development and everything in between to help us solve some of the world's greatest challenges. It's all part of our Learn, Engage, Apply, and Progress (LEAP) program designed to give you real-world experience. Hear from some of our current and former interns and learn about their meaningful business impacts below.
"I worked on providing control and maintenance functions to the hydraulic systems of aircrafts during my internship. My tasks included updating, running, and reviewing tests in response to requirement updates and additions from our clients. The team welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like an integral part of the work."
Graphic Design Intern
"During my internship, I used my design skills to assist the business winning team with various proposal graphics to help win contracts. These graphics were also added to our BAE Systems graphics database so the team could use them for future proposals."
Computer Science/Engineering Intern
“I worked within the BAE Systems modeling team to identify and generate requirements for a new Project Lifecycle Management system to be used by the Navy Strategic Systems Program during my internship.”
LEAP internship frequently asked questions
Proud Early Talent Award Winners
While we remain committed to making improvements, we're proud to be named back-to-back winners of Handshake's Early Talent Award in recognition of our internship and co-op experience.
Our Leadership Development Programs (LDPs) are designed for high-potential early-career professionals determined to become the leaders of tomorrow. Applications for the LDP open in August and typically run through September, with programs beginning the following June. We have opportunities in the following functions:
Protecting lives and improving the future is an ambitious mission, but it's what we do. We're counting on your fresh ideas and new perspectives to help us make the world a better place. We will give you the tools to be successful. Below are some of the things you will experience in the leadership development program.
Gain diverse work experience
LDPs typically consist of three, one-year full-time rotations across different locations nationwide. Rotations are designed to provide a varied set of experiences and connections within your discipline.
Expand your knowledge
LDP participants are encouraged to complete a graduate degree during their time in the program. We will provide tuition assistance, on the condition the degree is applicable to the business.
With customized mentorship and networking opportunities, chances to travel, attend conferences, receive technical training and more, the LDP provides a true foundation for a successful career.
What are the expectations of the LDP?
Stepping out of college, you’re juggling a lot of new things – new job, new people, a new chapter of life. Don't worry, you're not expected to know all the answers just yet. Hear from three leadership development program participants who explain their experience first-hand.
Find a community at the Leadership Development Conference (LDC)
Held annually, the Leadership Development Conference (LDC) is a week-long event focused on team building, networking, and professional growth for all members of the LDP. The 2022 LDC theme was "Better Together," as it was the first in-person conference since 2019. LDP participants and mentors gathered to discuss leadership best practices and have some fun along the way. Click through the gallery below to experience some of the main events.
AARP Employer Pledge Signer
We signed the AARP Employer Pledge, affirming the value of developing diverse workforce for individuals of all ages.
2022 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality
Recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for scoring 100% on the Corporate Equality Index.
2023 Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion
Recognized by the American Association of People with Disabilities for scoring 100% on the Disability Equality Index.
2023 Military Friendly Company
Named a Military Friendly® Employer by Viqtory, Inc. We’re fully committed to hiring military talent.
2022 Top Company for Veterans
Awarded as a Top Company for Veterans in 2022 by U.S. Veterans Magazine.
From on-the-job training and leadership programs, to collaborating with leading experts and seasoned colleagues—we provide plenty of opportunities for career growth, and professional development.