UCF Career Services and the Aerospace and technology company Lockheed Martin teamed up to offer the Lockheed Martin College Work Program, which provides students from a variety of majors the chance to gain hands-on professional work experience.
Mark Greenwood, the assistant director of the program, said the program generates $8 million a year from student labor.
To participate, students must be full time and can work up to 25 hours a week at one of Lockheed Martin’s two Orlando locations, according to UCF Today.
Lockheed Martin pays UCF for every hour a student works, and UCF then uses some of the money to pay the students a salary based on the work they do.
Student salaries range from $10.20 an hour to $21.88 an hour. Those who make the most are involved in highly technical roles, such as those involving engineering. Those who make less perform more business or financial work.
The rest of the money is put back into the program itself to cover the costs of its operation.
Greenwood said that more than 500 students take part in the program annually, which has been a significant increase over the last 10 years.
The reason, he said, the CWEP has been so successful is because both the students and Lockheed Martin benefit so much from the partnership.
“It allows UCF students to gain real world experience working with such a great company, and it provides Lockheed with a certain number of students that help them fulfill labor roles,” Greenwood said. “It’s a win-win relationship.”
Any student can apply for the program, not just engineering or business majors. Lockheed Martin hires based on its need at the time, but in the past, has hired history, English, chemistry, digital media and photography majors.
If students are interested in applying for the program, Greenwood said his No.1 recommendation is that students get their résumés critiqued by Career Services to make sure they are as polished as possible before submission.
“Your résumé is your face until they meet you in person for an interview,” he said. “The stronger your résumé, the stronger your opportunity to gain a position.”
Deanna Ferrante is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future.