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User currently offlineEwRkId From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 594 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5282 times:

Hi All, Hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays.

I'm going to be 17 in january and my parents are getting on me for a job in the summertime. Since i want to work for the airlines one day in the business aspect of the Airline industry in particular. This past summer I was on a flight and ended up talking to a pilot and he said he had an internship at AA when he was about my age.So I was wondering if there was any internships out there for any airline for the Summer of 09'???

Any Help would be appreciated!!
EwRkId

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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5217 times:

I was an intern with CO and while it wasn't paid, it was one of the best experiences in my life. Although, they only take college students, (juniors or higher). Most of the majors have the same restriction. But If you plan to work in the industry in the future then it's the best way to make contacts and open doors.

User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5204 times:

Most majors won't even let you wokr part-time until your 18 and most Co-Op and internships require you to be in college. Not sure would would be open.


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User currently offlineEwRkId From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5204 times:

Thank you, thats to unfortunate oh well a couple of summers from now, basically thats what i try to do is open some doors at continental, i chat it up with the flight attendants ,some pilots and even 2 managers at the President's Club!!! Hopefully it will get me somewhere...

User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 915 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5160 times:

I don't think that at 17 you can really do anything for the airlines unless it is in an office due to liability


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User currently offlineBoeing777228 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5036 times:

I did the flight ops internship and still talk about it today. I travelled 6 continents in 5 months. I was the best exp of my life. Cockpit jumpseat privilages and 24 hours in an MD-80 full motion sim!! Worked 6am-3pm everyday and attended conferences in China, England and all around the USA.

Boeing777228


User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21637 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5008 times:

You'll probably need to be in college to do an internship, and being under 18 might be a no-go altogether.

But they are very worth doing, so definitely plan on doing one in the next few years.

-Mir



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4988 times:
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Another tip: Don't let your college tell you where you can and where you cannot go for an internship. If you want to intern at a certain airline, and your school doesn't have an 'official' program with that airline, don't let it stop you from going for it.

My school didn't officially accept credit for a Southwest internship, but that's where I wanted to go. I ended up interviewing, getting the internship, and going anyway. In the end, my school helped me out and found a way for me to earn credits for my time there.

2H4



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4916 times:

Since you're from the EWR area, I would go to the crew base CO has there and ask what would be available, even though it most likely would be an office job. Since you're looking at the business end of things, there might be something worth looking at there. I don't know how much of a hassle it would be to commute from Jersey to LGA or JFK, but I'm sure AA, US, DL, and B6 among others all have a crew base in the area where you could look into. Office jobs would be more likely to take a 17-year-old. It's too bad the economy is in such bad shape, because that could hinder your search.


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User currently offlineEwRkId From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4863 times:



Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 8):
Since you're from the EWR area, I would go to the crew base CO has there and ask what would be available, even though it most likely would be an office job. Since you're looking at the business end of things, there might be something worth looking at there. I don't know how much of a hassle it would be to commute from Jersey to LGA or JFK, but I'm sure AA, US, DL, and B6 among others all have a crew base in the area where you could look into. Office jobs would be more likely to take a 17-year-old. It's too bad the economy is in such bad shape, because that could hinder your search.

I would like to intern for continental i believe they are a great airline and i already of some contacts in. Although i don't know if the manager of ops in SFO for CO will help me get in but i guess its good to know some people. I would like to have a corporate job and im studying business management and plain to take international business and aviation business management in college so hopefully im going down the right track. EWR would be my best bet and an easy commute.

Thanks for all the tips guys!!
EwRkId


User currently offlineIFlyATA From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 242 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4749 times:

As most have indicated, at your age it might be difficult to get an internship at the majors. Don't let that stop you though, there are PLENTY of other opportunities out there for the summer for your age.

I'll only speak for myself - but I was actually in your same situation last summer. My parents were on me to find something to do in the summer - a job, or some volunteer work or something. While waiting on tables or life-guarding was what most of my friends were doing, I decided if I was going to work, it should be in the industry I plan to make a career in.

I wrote up a two-page letter essentially describing myself and intense interest in aviation, as well as recapping some of the great opportunities I'd already had to get involved in the aviation sector (trips, maybe if you have some pilot time, etc.). In the letter I also adamantly mentioned that I was not seeking any pay, and was doing this to learn and gain experience. I mailed the letter to the CEO of a small, but international cargo carrier based in a town nearby that operates Boeing 747s.

About two weeks later I got called by one of the members of the executive team to come visit and chat with them.

Not only did they offer to pay me, I stayed on for more than the summer (June 2007-August 2008), and although the first few months they had me helping out in the maintenance/stores warehouse near the HQ...they soon learned my heart was in airline operations. They had me helping out the Dispatchers in August of that summer, and I remained there the rest of the year...and trust me, it wasn't just meager help. Shoot me an message if you'd like to hear more, I won't delve into too many details while here. Suffice it to say though, at a smaller carrier, you can get a lot more hands-on.

So, do some research. Find some local carriers. Maybe a small cargo airline. Maybe try to work in the business area of an FBO. Maybe even look at your local airports to see if their administration could use an extra hand. My advice - don't be afraid to just ask. Worst case, they say no. Best case, you have an amazing experience and memories that you get to keep forever.



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User currently offlineDCrawley From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 371 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3738 times:

Try your hardest, but do not be let down if you are told to apply after a few years of college. If you have the spirit and determination, you will eventually get to your goal.

Quoting EwRkId (Reply 9):

I would like to intern for continental i believe they are a great airline and i already of some contacts in. Although i don't know if the manager of ops in SFO for CO will help me get in but i guess its good to know some people. I would like to have a corporate job and im studying business management and plain to take international business and aviation business management in college so hopefully im going down the right track. EWR would be my best bet and an easy commute.

Thanks for all the tips guys!!
EwRkId

No matter who it is, networking within a business that you want to be in is important. Continue making contacts and staying in touch with these people of interest.

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User currently offlineDimondan From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3716 times:

You need to be a college student either junior or senior year. Wait until you're older in college. Oh, and FYI, they are worth it. The unpaid ones are the best. I did mine at Frontier.


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User currently offlineXdlx From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3526 times:



Quoting Boeing777228 (Reply 5):

Who your daddy????


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3368 times:
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Quoting Dimondan (Reply 12):
The unpaid ones are the best.

How so?

2H4



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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

I think that if it's an office job you may have a chance, but in some fields or industries they are hard to come by. I've been looking for an internship myself (not aviation related) and haven't found any and I'm a senior in college. It's going to be tough. I'm surprised at how many kids are on this site!


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