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Have You Recently Interned For An Airline?  
User currently offlineConjureMe From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 36 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

Good afternoon to all:

Recently I have been looking in to airline and corporate flight operation internships. I have read about the "No limits" Southwest internship and it sounds great. However, if anyone out there has information regarding other intern opportunities in the airline industry your stories would be greatly appreciated. For example, how were you're grades? How did the interview go? Did you enjoy it? From doing some basic internet research, it seems like a lot of the airlines out there take advantage of their interns to be an assistant secretary, but I could be totally wrong.

Thanks for your input.


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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3046 times:

Interested as well, although for me it won't happen until Q3/4 2008.


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User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

I'm a former No Limits! intern.

Read the book NUTS! and you will get a good insight into what Southwest is looking for in their employees.

Quoting ConjureMe (Thread starter):
how were you're grades?

My GPA was on the higher side of the scale.

Quoting ConjureMe (Thread starter):
How did the interview go?

I actually thought I screwed it up. I was kind of out of it because I had spent the previous hour buried in a puzzle that was in the People Department lobby.

Lots of "Tell Me About A Time When..." Questions. In the end, I prepared well for the interview and had good answers lined up ready to go. That was my saving grace.

Quoting ConjureMe (Thread starter):
Did you enjoy it?

I LUVed it! I did some awesome and interesting things. They aren't kidding with the No Limits! title. They really do let you explore the company.

Quoting ConjureMe (Thread starter):
From doing some basic internet research, it seems like a lot of the airlines out there take advantage of their interns to be an assistant secretary, but I could be totally wrong.

Depends on the internship really and your associated duties. Southwest is not one to make you fetch coffee and make copies, but you will be doing some tedious things at times. I did a lot of research at my internship and as you probably know, research is not always the most exciting thing the world.

However, the results were pretty useful and interesting! I definitely felt like part of the team and was able to do some very valuable things for the company.

There are plenty of threads related to this topic that might help shed some more light. Feel free to PM me if you have more specific questions.

Checko



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User currently offlineMonkey From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

one suggestion: BE CAREFUL. I got hoodwinked into a Us Air express aka Piedmont airlines internship at HHH. I quickly figured out that the "internship" was nothing more that an attempt by piedmont to have a motivated workforce in a market where labor was expensive. The interns worked the ramp 10+ hrs a day while the full time staff checked in passengers inside the terminal.

The jumpseat / non reving worked half the time. I found the full time (lifers) to have no real interest in any educational value for the interns. One intern came down and with no notice non reved back to school and was able to enroll in classes. I lost out on 2 quarters at Ohio University.

I must say the best was not being boarded on a 737 for a 20 minute flight out of CLT for not having a $15.00 upgrade in hand. That came after working a 10 hr day on the ramp at HHH. Thank God my mom worked for DL and I always got home usually in FC with great treatment.

john


User currently offlineKstateinALB From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 748 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

I have a question on this as well. How old do you have to be to intern for any airline? Ive been interested for a while.


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User currently offlineConjureMe From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

Quoting KstateinALB (Reply 4):
How old do you have to be to intern for any airline?

Well, I've been looking at a few different ones and all except Southwest require you to be a junior or senior. Here are the flight operations internships I have been looking at:

ASA (preferably senior, in Atlanta)
Continental (junior or senior)
Delta (junior or senior, in Atlanta)
Northwest (junior or senior, in St. Paul)
Raytheon (seniors only, CFI preferred, in Wichita)
SkyWest (junior or senior)
Southwest (only in Dallas)

All of the above said they wanted proficiency in Ms Office as well.



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