BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Don’t ever underestimate how training in school can lead to big things in the work place. That’s the message coming from FAU, as several students landed great internships for this summer — the sort of internships that can lead to very big things down the road.
According to FAU:
Five Florida Atlantic University students recently accepted paid summer internships with Lockheed Martin Corporation as a result of their performance in the spring semester’s “Business and Entrepreneurship” course, which offered FAU business and engineering students the opportunity to work together with industry experts.
“The semester-long projects have the possibility of real-world application and implementation as teams worked to solve current business problems,” said Som Bhattacharya, Ph.D., interim dean of FAU’s College of Business. “This blended team approach of allowing students from different FAU colleges to create viable business propositions provides a true holistic business solution.”
Lockheed Martin offers students the opportunity to work on teams with highly skilled professionals to solve challenging and exciting engineering, information systems, and software development problems. During the internship, the students will develop a prototype for a device to be used to capture data from a sensor under water and interpret their findings into digital data for decision-making information using Android tools.
The internship program will be housed in a space provided by the Research Park at FAU and run from May to August. Tim Van Epps, former instructor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Jeanne McConnell, instructor in the College of Business, will serve as academic mentors.
The prototype concept was originally developed as a student project in this innovative course and over time led to implementation of FAU students helping to solve a current business problem. Oversight from Lockheed Martin during the course came under the tutelage of FAU alumnus Tom de Groot, a senior program manager for Lockheed Martin.
With the success of the Business and Entrepreneurship class, FAU will continue to look into expanding its interdisciplinary offerings and involvement with community partners.