Defense Companies Scramble to Make Virtual Internships Work

Government Executive: While many U.S. firms are cancelling internships this pandemic-stricken summer, large aerospace and defense companies are scrambling to make sure their temporary hires can still show up, if only virtually.

The industry has long relied on internships to help build its hyperspecialized workforce. Most interns who successfully complete their short stint at a company are offered a full-time job. And this year — even as one in five Americans goes unemployed — defense companies are hunting for qualified workers to fill thousands of job openings and fulfill Pentagon orders for a new generation of missiles, spacecraft and warplanes.

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