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User currently offlineBAfan From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 189 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4856 times:

Hi Everyone,

I was just wondering what peoples thoughts are with regards to work experience and internships at airlines or airports in the UK.

As a student studying aviation management in London, I have spent some time looking for any possible opportunities, but I cannot seem to find any.

Surely, what with the cost cutting initiatives that are going on in the industry, it would be beneficial to the airlines to take on university students for 1 or 2 day a week unpaid internships.

This would practically be free labour for the airline, and with people that would be willing to work hard to get the work experience under their belt for when they graduate.

It would also allow the airlines/airport to see potential employees in their interns.

I just feel that the UK aviation industry (in general), has a poor position when it comes to offering students the opportunity to complete mini internships.

Why should students have to wait until they finish their degrees?

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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15780 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4849 times:



Quoting BAfan (Thread starter):
This would practically be free labour for the airline,

This is what BA does to their full time employees, right.  duck  Sorry, low hanging fruit there.

I do know that in the states, there are a lot of aviation related internships for students, at least on the engineering side. People go work with Boeing, NASA, or airlines among others during the summer and some of these positions are paid or the interns are at least given a stipend. Also of course there are the summer programs for ROTC students with the military. Hopefully I can snag an internship next summer.



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineBAfan From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4816 times:

Good luck for next year!

I think Ryanair has missed a trick with this one, it would be another way for them to reduce their costs.

I am surprised My O'Leary hasn't thought about it previously...


User currently offlineIcLCY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4793 times:

LCY have a work experience scheme. Only for a week though. But its a start.

http://www.londoncityairport.com/AboutUs/WorkExperience.aspx

http://www.londoncityairport.com/AboutUs/Careers.aspx


User currently offlineAAMDanny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

Hey I'm doing Airline and Airport Management at Buck's New Uni (Was Buckinghamshire Chilterns Uni)

If You e-mail the right people in the right places, you can sometimes visit Airlines headquaters etc. I'm currently on my seasonal work placement at a major UK Holiday Charter Airlines, working as crew, and I know fellow employee's who do simular travel courses like mine have asked and have been invited to our Hanger for the day to see how the entire behind the scenes operation works

The Airlines usually like to invite people in who share the same interest as them, it's just generally down to who get's the request... I'm not talking about a internship but maybe a visit to the HQ and see how things are done etc.

A few of my coursemates got chance to go behind the scenes at Southend Airport. Ok not work experiance but it's something to chat about on future interviews and a great way to see the inner workings of an Aviation Organisation, ask questions etc etc.

Quoting BAfan (Thread starter):
I just feel that the UK aviation industry (in general), has a poor position when it comes to offering students the opportunity to complete mini internships.

I completely agree. And I really think a lot of these Organisations have no idea how many of us are actually studying what they do at Univeristy level. And how eager we are to get involved.


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4641 times:

You could also try getting your feet wet in the General Aviation realm...here in the 'states, it is not uncommon to enter an aviation career path by getting a (minimum wage) job re-fueling private aircraft and business jets...the infamous "lineboy" job  Wink


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