Raytheon Emirates internships help Emirati students jumpstart careers

Undergraduates' job prospects boosted by hands-on training in aerospace, defense and cybersecurity

Class of 2021: Alan Davis, Chief Executive of Raytheon Emirates, front right, pictured with participants in this year’s internship program. (Photo: Raytheon Emirates)

Shouq Aldhaheri is a computer security and networking graduate from Zayed University. She recently interned at Raytheon Emirates, learning the ins and outs of digital forensics in cybersecurity. 

"I chose to intern at Raytheon Emirates to experience real-life work challenges that will help develop my skills and knowledge in a dynamic field, such as cybersecurity," Aldhaheri said. 

For Aldhaheri and her university peers, such programs are a vital stepping stone from the classroom to the workplace. And Raytheon Emirates' internships are particularly sought after, thanks to the high-quality training and networking opportunities they provide in various sectors at the cutting edge of technological innovation. 

Aldhaheri was one of 18 UAE nationals handpicked from universities across the country for an eight-week internship at Raytheon Emirates starting in June. They were assigned specific roles within Raytheon Emirates’ cybersecurity, legal and business development teams in Abu Dhabi, and with Collins Aerospace's maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center in Dubai. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions, including social distancing requirements, the program this year incorporated both in-person and remote work.  

"Despite the challenges arising from the pandemic, this year's program was a success. Concluding in July 2021, it provided Emirati talent outstanding opportunities to network with our UAE and global teams and to gain valuable practical work experiences for the future," said Fatima Alshamsi, talent acquisition manager at Raytheon Emirates.

A subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, Raytheon Emirates is committed to supporting the UAE's goal of strengthening and diversifying its domestic talent pool in STEM fields while also fostering the growth of the UAE defense industry ecosystem to benefit the country's government, private sector, and the community at large.
The REL internship program has had a positive impact across the 2021 cohort, as the students noted in their presentations to Raytheon Emirates' leadership at the end of their internships. 

Collins Aerospace intern Ahmed Al Shehhi, who is currently studying at the UAE’s Higher Colleges of Technology, said that his placement this summer taught him new skills and complemented his career aspirations. "Under the guidance of experts, I've enhanced my knowledge and skills in aircraft components, aerostructures and landing gears.”  

Like Al Shehhi, Nawwaf Al Ali also worked with the MRO team on aircraft components at Collins Aerospace. Al Ali, who graduated in aerospace engineering from Khalifa University after finishing his internship, said that the experience provided him first-class insights into the operations of commercial aircraft maintenance. Meanwhile, he and his fellow interns also stressed their appreciation for Raytheon Emirates' focus on innovation, collaboration and leadership. 

“Every year, each intern brings their own unique set of experiences and career aspirations to our internship program and this year has been no exception,” added Alshamsi of Raytheon Emirates. “Their enthusiasm to learn has been a pleasure to encourage and support.”

Published On: 09/20/2021
Last Updated: 10/01/2021