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MU College of Engineering, Raytheon partnering on National Defense Fellowship Program

September 17th, 2018

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Engineering students at the University of Missouri will now have the opportunity for hands-on learning while working on the national systems that keep all of us safe. Administrators at the University of Missouri announced today a partnership with Raytheon to provide fellowships for MU College of Engineering students.

The MU Raytheon National Defense Fellowship Program will seek high-achieving sophomores and juniors for internships designed to provide a world-class experience for students. Participants will work on critical and challenging defense and national security projects. This fellowship will build a pipeline of talented engineers to fill Raytheon’s full-time national defense workforce.

This is the only partnership of its kind between a university and Raytheon nationwide, and it will offer a $10,000 signing bonus upon acceptance into the internship program and an additional $10,000 bonus when the student graduates and begins working for Raytheon full time. In addition, Raytheon will cover the cost for students to receive their security clearance and cover additional expenses as the interns take part in summer internships at Raytheon.

“This program is a tremendous opportunity for Mizzou engineering students interested in the defense industry,” said Elizabeth Loboa, dean of the MU College of Engineering. “It is experiential learning of the highest level and provides an excellent start to the careers of our Mizzou Made engineering leaders.”

“Mizzou continues to build upon its partnerships with industry that not only enhance our students’ opportunities, but also helps to improve our national security,” said Mark McIntosh, vice president for research and economic development at the UM System and vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and economic development at MU. “Our partnership with Raytheon will ensure that MU College of Engineering students will participate in vital, cutting-edge research and educational enrichment that will put them on the road to success following graduation.”

Raytheon is currently recruiting students to participate in this new program beginning January 2019. Students can apply by visiting:

“The University of Missouri’s engagement with the community, especially with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, is a great opportunity for us,” said John Balaguer, vice president of Engineering and Technology at Raytheon. “These types of partnerships address a critical need for the business and offer a wealth of opportunities for students as they continue to grow in their higher education and professional careers.”

Established in 1849, Mizzou’s engineering excellence includes nine disciplines, more than 120 faculty members and more than 3,000 exceptional undergraduate and graduate students.

Editor’s Note: For more information on the fellowships, please see: MU Engineering, Raytheon partner on first-of-its-kind program