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An internship that provides some of America’s brightest engineers, from historically under-represented communities, the opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects and programs that directly support the Department of Defense customer projects. While working alongside engineers at the National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR), Spirit Aerosystems and Textron Aviation, students will gain insight into the advanced materials testing & design and development of the military aviation and missile assets. Students will get the opportunity to explore careers in Aerospace and Defense while receiving mentoring from experienced professionals within the US government and industry.


  • Job experience

  • Research experience

  • Mentorship

  • Create a professional network

  • Build a strong resume

  • Secure good references & recommendations

  • Potential to transition to a permanent job with one of the program’s partners

“Having hands-on experience is so important heading into the job market, which is why I jumped at the chance to get involved with this program.”

-Cayla Brooks, 2021 FI Intern

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GPA: 3.0 or higher

Location: Wichita, KS (Travel & Housing Provided)

Preferred Majors: Aerospace, Mechanical, Materials and Electrical Engineering

Rising Juniors & Senior Classification preferred

Open to U.S Citizens only

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