Summer Internships in Charleston


  • Students who are interested in the CDCA sponsored summer internship program should contact the Company’s Point of Contact for consideration.
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Charleston Defense
Contractors Association
PO Box 61089
North Charleston, SC 29419

Opportunity #1: Software Developer Intern

Company: SPARC, LLC

Internship Period: June-August 2012
Location: Daniel Island, SC
Description: Intern will create and assist in developing mobile web applications.  The intern will also assist Sr. Developers with implementation of requirements, system specifications, input/output processes, and integration. The intern will also assist in development efforts for enhancements, extensions, defect corrections and integration of features.  The intern will also develop systems and design infrastructure necessary to support both business and technical integration needs.

Points of Contact:   Christina Lock       Email:
   Kelley Elder Email:

Opportunity #2: Business Development Coordinator

Company: AWC

Internship Period: June-August 2012
Location: North Charleston, SC
Description: Candidate will perform online research and generate associated reports and analyses, will generate written material, will generate briefings, will coordinate and participate in meetings with other contractor Business Development representatives, will take minutes at meetings, will participate in training sessions on FAR topics and Business Development best commercial practices, and will participate in industry events and possibly serve on various committees as a volunteer.  Position may include some travel.  Preferred (not absolute) curricula of study are English, Business, or Marketing.

Point of Contact:   Mike Resler    Phone: 843-568-1576       Email:

Opportunity #3: Systems Administrator

Company: Life Cycle Engineering

Internship Period: June-August 2012
Location: North Charleston, SC
Description: The intern will assist the Lab Manager with daily tasks and be part of a team to help improve current business processes. This Internship provides a learning environment rich with resources and experience.  LCE's Summer Internship Program provides qualified applicants the potential to learn about the following technologies:

  • Virtualization (VMWare ESX4i Server)
  • Operating Systems (Linux, Windows 2003/2008)
  • Database Technologies (MS SQL 2005, MS Access 2007, MySQL)
  • Web development/management (Internet Information Server, Apache)
  • Information Security (Industry Standards, DoD Standards, Security+)
  • Networking (Cisco, Endian)

LCE’s technology goal is for the intern to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to attain certifications such as Security+, A+, Network+, or Linux+.

Point of Contact:   Winston Helena    Phone: 843-744-7110 Ext.7234       Email:

Opportunity #4: Information Technology Analyst

Company: Scientific Research Corporation

Internship Period: June-August 2012
Location: North Charleston, SC
Description: Serve as a member of an information technology team researching, analyzing, evaluating and recommending systems and tool improvements. Technology areas include Cloud Computing, System Architectures, Systems Administration, and Software Development.                                                                                                               .

Point of Contact:   Mark Pelletier    Phone: 843-308-2519       Email:

Opportunity #5: Electrical or Mechanical Engineer

Company: ARINC Engineering Services, C2 Systems and Services (C2SS)

Internship Period: June-August 2012
Location: North Charleston, SC
Description: The candidate will be working with and being mentored by senior engineers.  The candidate will be working with the latest technology in communications equipment to include encryption devices.  Daily activities may include the use of computer aided design drawing software.  Other activities will include supporting development of installation design plans and the specification of equipment.

Point of Contact:   Rivers Cleveland Phone: 843-740-6400       Email:

Opportunity #6: Mechanical Design Engineering Apprentice

Company: KTM Solutions, Inc.

Internship Period: June-August 2012
Location: North Charleston, SC
Description: Utilize CATIAv5, Solidworks, and SolidEdge to perform basic mechanical design functions associated with the aircraft, automotive, and machine/automation industry. Perform geometric layout and graphical representations. Perform basic mechanical and structural analysis using classical methods. Perform static analysis. Provide input in development of work statements, formal analysis reports, drawings/layouts/datasets, certification plans, test procedures, and test plans. Prepare and review formal analysis reports. Communicate orally and in writing with clients, peers, and subordinates.  Prepare and present technical presentations and papers.

Point of Contact:   Paul Kumler Phone: 864-297-6000       Email:  

Opportunity #7: Software Engineering / Computer Science Intern

Company: Raytheon Technical Services Co., LLC

Internship Period: June-August 2012
Location: North Charleston, SC
Description: Typical job activities will include some aspects of software design, code, integration, test, documentation, and participation in technical reviews. The intern will assist in writing software, analyzing problems and developing solutions.
Emphasis will be placed on application development for various operating systems and languages.  Knowledge of common language types (C, C++, Object C, Eclipse Java ID, etc) is highly desired.  The actual assigned tasks will depend on the skills of the individual intern and project needs at the time. Other clerical and administrative tasks may also be assigned. This position will also include use of the latest technologies, architectures, and tools to enhance software reliability and reusability and increase productivity.
Note 1: Candidate MUST be a US Citizen and have the ability to obtain a security clearance
Note 2:  Short term travel (CONUS) may be required to support their assigned IPT.

Point of Contact:   Doug Ennis Phone: 843-740-0058       Email:   

Opportunity #8: Engineering Intern/Assistant Lab Manager

Company: Orbis, Inc.
Internship Period: May-August 2012
Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC
Description: Orbis, Inc. has an immediate opening for an Engineering Intern at our Mt. Pleasant, SC location. The position would be perfect for an individual wanting to gain valuable experience in a growing company. Specific tasks to be performed will include new product design, assembly and testing. The desired skills/experience includes:
• 50% complete toward the award of an accredited engineering degree
• Basic computer programming skills
• Familiarity with circuit design
• Can meet deadlines
• Understanding of basic quality systems and its documentation.
Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen capable of obtaining a DOD Security Clearance.

Point of Contact: Craig Richard Phone: 843-971-9390 ext. 267 Email:

Opportunity #9: Recruiter/Social Media Coordinator

Company: Chipton-Ross
Internship Period: June-August 2012
Location: North Charleston, SC
Description: Do you want to work in Charleston's exciting Aerospace and Defense Industry? Come help put Charleston and the rest of the country to work by being a Recruiter for one of the area's leading staffing agencies. Chipton-Ross provides contract and permanent labor services to the world's largest aerospace and defense companies. The Recruiter intern will be given a wide array of positions to source across a variety of disciplines including Manufacturing, IT and Engineering. The goal is provide the intern with a well-rounded understanding of recruiting and the applicable positions within the defense and aerospace industries.
Recruiting Responsibilities:
• Source candidates using internal proprietary database and search engines such as Monster, CE Weekly and JS Firm.
• Post open requisitions to internet job boards
• Develop and maintain an active pool of qualified candidates
• Responsible for screening applicants using proven pre-hire interview techniques
• Manage interview requests, offers and hires
• Work closely with Account Managers and other recruiters to provide the best possible candidates
Social Media Responsibilities
• Manage Chipton-Ross Social Media pages on sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook
• Research other Social Media Networks to drive traffic and activity to company and available positions
Required Skills
Candidate must have excellent communication skills and have a passion for working with people. All interested candidates must have strong computer skills including experience working with and using Social Media. Familiarity with Engineering and Technical language is highly preferred.

Point of Contact: Derek Byzinski Phone: 800-927-9318 ext. 225 Email:

Opportunity #10: Systems Engineering Assistant

Company: Liberty Business Associates, LLC
Internship Period: May-August 2012
Location: North Charleston, SC
Description: in conjunction with Liberty Business’ support to SSC Atlantic’s Veterans’ Administration (VA) and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) customers, the intern will be immersed in CMMI-, Lean Six Sigma- and ISO-related process areas of configuration Management, Risk Management, Quality Assurance and other associated ‘chores’. These activities will include consistent shadowing during conference calls, PMR meetings, data compilation & analysis and client meetings.

Point of Contact: Wes Smith Phone: 843-329-1991 ext. 21 Email:
Opportunity #12: Computer Information Systems Technician

Company: ManTech International Corporation
Internship Period: May-August 2012
Location: North Charleston, SC
Description: Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and successfully completed course work (B or higher) in related courses to one or more of the following areas:
1) Network Administration to include LAN/WAN, TCP/IP, Routing, Switching or VOIP
2) System Administration to include Microsoft, Linux, or other operating systems, Client policies, E-mail Services, Domain Name Service (DNS), back-ups and restoration
3) System Security Administration to include Access Lists, Port filtering, Firewalls, and Intrusion Detection Systems; and/or
4) System Software Development to include knowledge of software development methodologies and scripting in JAVA or other modern language.

Professional Experience in relevant area is a plus and should be used to select between multiple candidates.

Point of Contact: Carleen Evans Phone: 843-261-7916 Email:

Opportunity #11: Entry Level Software Developer

Company: QinetiQ North America
Internship Period: May-August 2012
Location: North Charleston, SC
Description: Entry-Level JAVA Development for a Private Cloud Infrastructure for an internal Prototype. The developer will receive direction and requirements from the IR&D Lead of the Software and Systems Engineering Business Unit. The Developer will have the opportunity to work closely with a Senior Developer from MIT. An example task would be for the developer to develop widgets for a Portal and develop applications for an IPhone or Android.

Point of Contact: Michael Howard Phone: 843-740-7456 Email:

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