Lockheed Martin Paid Internship

Application Deadline: March 28, 2018 at 4PM

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Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

The Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Solar and Astrophysics Center has been collaborating for over 30 years with our district to provide a Science Work Experience Program in a research environment.

Eligible students will have: 

  • GPA of 3.5+,
  • Strong PSAT Math scores
  • Written Letter of Recommendation by a recent math or science teacher
  • Students must be in their junior year when they apply
  • Be an American citizen or a permanent resident
  • SIGNED Social Security card or SIGNED Permanent Resident Card.

The selection process for students starting work with Lockheed in June will begin in March. Details of particular positions available will not be known until March. Applications are available in the Work Experience Office.

Interested students must submit:

  • The Application
  • Resume
  • Copy of PSAT/SAT scores
  • Copy of SIGNED Social Security Card /Permanent Resident Card
  • Teacher Letter of recommendation
  • An unofficial school transcript


Submit the above items to Ms. McDermott in the Work Experience office at Gunn or Paly as soon as possible. Place all requested materials together in a large envelope with your name, email address, home phone/ cell number and name of school, to Ms. McDermott.

The best way to contact Ms. McDermott is by email: tmcdermott@pausd.org

Internship Description and Expectations:

The Solar and Astrophysics department of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center’s lab encourages creativity in an informal and relaxed environment; however, students are expected to establish and maintain a professional working attitude. Each student will be considered a co-worker where responsibilities and concern for the projects are shared even though it is understood that the student’s background is limited. Students must be selfmotivated, dependable, and reliable. Students will be given projects and will be expected to complete them in a timely manner. Questions and open communication are encouraged. It is understood that students will require and be given, training and support to complete tasks.

During the school year, the part-time work must be done between the end of a student’s school day and 6:00 pm when the lab closes. Work is best done in blocks of three or four hours each. This may require a student to adjust his/her schedule so that the last period of the day is free. The lab is closed on weekends, some national holidays and for a winter recess. Students are expected to work during school holiday periods when Lockheed Martin is working. 

Lockheed students will be required to attend the Work Experience class that meets on Tuesday during the school year.

The work takes place at the Lockheed buildings on Porter Drive in Palo Alto, midway between Gunn and Paly high schools. The pay rate is currently $15.60 per hour. Participation in the program requires a minimum of 8 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours of fulltime work weekly during the summer, from 8:30-5:15 with a 45-minute lunch break.

During both the school year and the summer, time off for vacation or other business may be permitted with notification to and with approval from the immediate supervisor. Students applying for this internship should be aware that they are making a major, long-term commitment. Lockheed knows that schoolwork takes top priority, but they expect that extracurricular activities will not interfere with work at the lab.

Lockheed Martin Application