The Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) Education Committee’s mission is to work with all levels of academia to promote education and workforce development in the Defense community from entry level to career professionals that are technical, sustainable and relevant to our members. Our community engagement includes funded internships, sponsorships, academic outreach, member mentorship, and funding educational initiatives. Participation on the CDCA Education Committee is open to all individuals who have a passion for education and workforce development.



Becoming a CDCA Intern Sponsor is simple! 
There are three steps:

Step 1 | Member company submits a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the CDCA Internship Subcommittee; this enables CDCA to bring awareness of the positions to colleges and universities in South Carolina. Interns will follow up with member companies to apply for the internship. Additionally, LOIs are posted (here) to direct students to available positions from our members.

Step 2 | Member companies submit an Internship Application to CDCA Internship Subcommittee to formally apply for the CDCA Internship Program.

Step 3 | CDCA selects the member companies to receive the stipend. Stipends are distributed based upon program participation.

Please, download each PDF below, review, and apply!



The first robotics competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people together to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience and a lot of fun. Each year the competition reaches more than 58,000 students on over 2,500 teams in competitions held across the USA and in other parts of the world. The teams come from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the U.K. and every state in the U.S. The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events, the result of lots of focused brainstorming, real world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines and deadlines.

Colleges, universities, corporations, businesses, and individuals provide scholarships to our participants. Involved engineers experience again many of the reasons they chose engineering as a profession, and the companies they work for contribute to the community while they prepare and create their future workforce. The competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting.

Science Fair

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The Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair (LRSEF) will be held in the College Center at Trident Technical College on April 9, 2019. The LRSEF is the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and Broadcom MASTERS Competition affiliate for Charleston, Dorchester Two, Dorchester Four, Berkeley, Colleton and Georgetown Counties. This brings together eligible students in grades 5-12 who compete for national, regional, and local awards, as well as the opportunity to advance to the aforementioned competitions. The College of Charleston is the title sponsor for the LRSEF.

These students are our future and we are requesting assistance in the form of judging. A registration page has been set up for prospective judges under the section of “Judges” on the page for the Lowcountry Science Fair. It would be great if you could register with your name, contact details, area of expertise, and choice of students’ grade level. Please see the link below:


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