Mentoring and real-life learning in a remote world
Raytheon Emirates moves to a hybrid internship
An air of excitement filled the room as Raytheon Emirates’ interns delivered their final presentations to senior leaders and graduated from the program amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus has transformed education at every level, from early years to adult learning and career development including internships offered by companies like Raytheon Emirates.
"COVID-19 may have altered how we conduct our internship, but we remain dedicated to developing Emirati talent and preparing them for tomorrow's job market,” said Fatima Alshamsi, Raytheon Emirates talent acquisition manager.
Six undergraduate students from Abu Dhabi University, Zayed University and the American University of Sharjah completed a hybrid in-person and virtual internship in October. Interns visited the office weekly to collect projects and get direction from managers, and then worked remotely using video conferencing.
In its second year, the seven-week program equips Emirati talent with knowledge and skills through on-the-job training to grow their education and careers.
"Not only is it our responsibility to empower students with tools and experiences that will help hone their career at an early age, but it is also a mandate by the UAE’s leadership,” Alshamsi said.
Interns put their skills to work in cyber security, human resources, business development, finance, project management and global trade, and received one-on-one coaching and mentoring from seasoned employees.
“Raytheon Emirates’ internship broadened my horizons and showed me the different fields where my expertise is needed," said Helal Alfalahi, a cyber intern from the American University of Sharjah.
The intern program is an important talent pipeline for the company. Students can apply to positions after completing the program.
"The pandemic has shown us that, more than ever, education and training matters. Our internship program serves their aspirations and fosters the next generation of leaders within Raytheon Emirates," Alshamsi said.