Northrop Grumman, a leader in aerospace and defense technology has designated the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) a “Focus University.” UAH is one of only eight institutions in the country to receive that distinction.
The title comes with a $90,000 donation to be used to create endowed scholarships, support UAH student organizations, and provide for programs in business, science, technology, engineering and math.
Northrop Grumman values developing partnerships with universities, and its long-standing relationship with UAH began when the company was growing its ranks of high-quality interns and entry-level employees.
Northrop Grumman’s ongoing investment in UAH organizations and university alumni generates a student-to-employee pipeline to bolster their workforce. The company hopes to accelerate that investment in the coming years.
The company also provides financial support to many student organizations and is increasing its presence on campus by encouraging employee participation as guest speakers, mentors and workshop leaders.
The relationship has yielded opportunities for the company and UAH students alike.
“We receive a lot of candidates from UAH and they’re top-notch,” said Lauren Youngblood, talent acquisition business partner at Northrop Grumman.
Currently, UAH is the top provider of interns for Northrop Grumman nationwide. The company boasts a significant number of UAH alumni employees, many of whom have served long tenures at the company.
Northrop Grumman started a mentoring program that led to internships for participating UAH students, a move that has fostered collaboration and trust between the company and the University.
The program spurred UAH to create the i4 Program, which connects students with nationally and internationally recognized companies like Northrop Grumman for mentorship and training. Ultimately, it helps students secure jobs after graduation.
Northrop Grumman also recognizes the contributions of UAH alumni who work for the company. Youngblood, who is herself an alumna of UAH, said Northrop Grumman is developing and growing the company’s UAH alumni chapter to strengthen the relationship between UAH and Northrop Grumman.
Youngblood notes. “The chapter will provide opportunities for students to interact with alumni and promote philanthropic support for the University. Northrop Grumman’s hope is the chapter will increase alumni involvement through various channels, including seminars, athletic events, and professional development opportunities.”
“We recognize the importance of growing the partnership,” she adds. “Northrop Grumman has a strategic plan in place that includes UAH.”