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Lockheed Martin Internship Program 2019

Are you looking for an experience of a lifetime, with immense opportunities for both personal and professional development, and are you ready to spend 5 months at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ impressive production facility in Fort Worth, Texas? Then make sure to apply for becoming one of our next interns.


The program is open to engineering students enrolled at a Danish university and currently studying for their Master’s degree within materials- and/or production technology.

The internship is paid and runs from January 2019 until June 2019. You will be part of a group of 5-8 interns who will travel and live together, so strong interpersonal skills and the ability to share a fridge, bathroom, and cleaning duties will come in handy. 

The challenge

Engineering student? Terma offers the internship of a lifetime. Get ready to have your career kickstarted with this unique internship at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas. Here, you will have the opportunity to work on the fighter jet of tomorrow, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

Forming the backbone of many of the world’s future air forces, the F-35 multirole fighter aircraft is to be produced in numbers exceeding 3,500. Take part in the massive engineering challenge of increasing production rate, improving workflow, and securing quality to ensure delivery, dependability, and cost reduction with global impact.

Offering internships within three disciplines of engineering, Terma and Lockheed Martin accept applications from students interested in Manufacturing and Quality Engineering.

In addition to experiencing one of the most advanced production lines in the aerospace industry, you will learn from the best as you participate in projects, complete courses, interact with mechanics and fellow engineers, and interact directly with the aircraft. Apply for this internship to learn skills beyond those taught in the classroom.

You as a person

With the internship being based in the US, you are of course fully proficient in English, both oral and written. You will be exposed to the international culture of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics as well as being a part of the local community, and the opportunities for cultural and social experiences will only be limited by your own interest, ability to have an open mind, and engage with new people.

Working within the security industry, it is also important that you have a sound understanding of the importance of company procedures and when to ask before acting.

Further information

We look forward to receiving your application in English, including your CV, grades transcript and picture. If you have any questions, please contact HR Business Partner Peter Rankenberg Thomsen on prth@terma.com

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The Internship

Get ready to have your career kick started with this unique internship opportunity at aerospace giant Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. Here, you will work on the fighter jet of tomorrow, the F-35 Lightning II. You will develop your engineering skills and expand your toolbox with courses (including 6 Sigma methodologies, CATIA and aircraft familiarity) and practical engineering experiences.

The dynamic and innovative aerospace industry is where attention to detail, high requirements, safety, and attention to cost are the keywords. You will learn how to become a better engineer as you work in the challenging environment at Lockheed Martin.

The F-35 is a 5th generation multirole stealth fighter aircraft. With capabilities superior to any other fighter aircraft, the F-35 will form the backbone of tomorrow’s air forces around the world.

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Dept. Name: Manufacturing Engineering / Rate Transition / JSF

As a manufacturing engineer intern in the Rate Transition (Wing) department, you will use your creativity and engineering skills to develop solutions to improve workflow and production rate through close dialog with the mechanics. As the production rate of the F-35 continues to increase to full rate production, the production line needs to be transformed and streamlined to keep up with the demand of the customers.

In this position, you will be a member of the team transforming the advanced automotive-style production line to accommodate the increasing production rate of aircraft. You will come up with solutions to make the work stations and work flows more efficient, e.g. by designing special tools for the mechanics.

Internship reports: Rate Transition

2015 - Frederik Roi Midtgaard
2016 - Trugvi Kristiansen
2017 - Anders Hjermitslev  

"I will definitely recommend applying for an internship at Lockheed Martin - it is a once in a life time experience. I learned a lot from my internship, and working in an enormous factory, with machines and tools bigger than a normal Danish house, is really fascinating for an engineer. Additionally, it is also a great opportunity for experience a different culture, and get a new perspective of how things are done in other countries."
- Anders Hjermitslev, Rate Transition (Wing), 2017 

"It doesn’t get better than this! At least not if you’re a mechanical engineer. Machines, materials, and designs as you never seen them before. The F-35 is the most advanced aircraft in the world, and getting to be a part of building it is an amazing experience."
- Trugvi Kristiansen, Rate Transition (Wing), 2016

Dept. Name: Quality Engineering/JSF

Put your analytical engineering skills to the test in the Quality Engineering (Wing Assembly) or Quality Engineering (Final Assembly) department. You will conduct big data processing, discover trends, uncover root causes, and create solutions to reduce rework hours and defects – all with the goal to reduce the price of the aircraft. You will also have the opportunity to do lab experiments to obtain statistical data on solutions.

As a quality engineer intern, you will get close up with the aircraft and get hands-on experience with the future fighter jet of the Royal Danish Air Force.

Internship reports: Quality Engineering

2015 - Thor Paulli Andersen
2016 - Andreas Nørballe
2017 - Anders Jensen
2017 - Christopher Klingaa
2017 - Helene Birkebæk
2017 - Patrick Moritzen 

"Although being a hard-core numerical simulation kind-of-guy, I was able to apply my skills to real-life problems and get an understanding of how knowledge learnt at school is connected to the industry. To this day, I use the mindset learnt at Lockheed Martin in my daily work at Terma A/S."
- Thor Andersen, Quality Engineering (Wing Assembly), 2015 

"My stay here has been an experience of a life time! I feel so lucky to have been a part of this. I have experienced so many awesome things both on and off work that would never have happened back home. When I’m traveling home my backpack will be full of new knowledge and knowhow that I couldn’t get anywhere else in the world."
- Anders Jensen, Quality Engineering (Wing Assembly), 2017 

"The internship at Lockheed Martin has been an amazing experience, both academically and personally. It’s been an opportunity to improve my problem solving skills in an analytical manner, and use knowledge obtained through my education on real life problems. Finally, working at Lockheed has made me courageous and confident, and it has certainly been worth it."
- Helene Birkebæk, Quality Engineering (Wing Assembly), 2017

Dept. Name: Quality Technologies/JSF

Quality Technology (QualTech) is a new, multidisciplinary department that investigates how to apply new innovative technology to quality assurance to reduce inspection time. Examples include the development of drones (aerial, snakes, crawlers) that can inspect aircraft for defects using machine learning, 3D-printing of tools, and much more. You will work with mechanics on the production floor and in other engineering teams to transform their needs into new solutions.

You will get the chance to combine mechatronics, programming, and CAD to develop and test solutions for the future of aircraft quality inspection – from idea to actual impact on the production.

"As an intern with the Quality Technologies team at Lockheed Martin Aero, I have been an integrated part of the engineering team working on the advanced F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. In researching, developing and implementing new, innovative technologies for quality control, I have carried out projects from novel idea to actual impact on production. It has been an experience of a lifetime!"
– Jesper Lund, Quality Technologies, 2018

"Working in the Quality Technology team at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, provided me with a great opportunity to create something useful for the company. It all depended on my own creativity and competences. I provided the ideas, and the team provided me with the resources and tools to put my ideas to life. I even got my own 3D printer! I could create a physical product like a robot, something software based like a phone application, or maybe something completely different, as long as it is of relevance to the company."
– Kenneth Jensen, Quality Technologies, 2018

Application Process

March - April: Application (online via terma.com) – include CV, application, and grades
LINK til Application

May: Screening

May: Personal interview with Terma

May - June: Phone interview with Lockheed Martin (3 Managers from the departments in scope for the internship)

June - July: Contract incl. application for security clearance

July - November: VISA application

November: Information meeting and visit to Terma in Lystrup and Grenaa

November - December: Visit to U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen

January: Travel to the U.S., start of internship

June: End of internship


Peter Rankenberg Thomsen
HR Business Partner
T: +45 8743 6573
E: prth@terma.com

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