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Obtaining An Airline Internship  
User currently offlineMIAT From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 16 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4488 times:

Hey everyone! I am currently a sophomore at a top-10 university, and given that I've been following the commercial aviation industry for years, I am dying to get a summer internship at a US airline. I am from NYC, so Jetblue would be my top choice. Since I am going to school in Chicago, however, United would also be a contender. I am aware of the different internship opportunities on offer, but I am having a lot of trouble figuring out how I should write my cover letter. I am obviously passionate about the industry, but it's hard to verify the countless hours I've spent leisurely researching airlines and airplanes. That being said, how do I demonstrate to recruiters that I have the know-how and interest to work for an airline, even though I have no relevant experience in the field?

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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17668 posts, RR: 65
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4442 times:

In my experience entry level jobs are much more about a good attitude and a willingness to work hard than about know-how. Emphasize your interest (but don't overdo it) but talk more about your willingness to work hard and take on the jobs no one wants to do (it's what interns get to do after all).

To be blunt, you probably don't have the know-how required (all the stuff you've been studying might not help you much) and I wouldn't emphasize it too much. Lots of people in the industry, including pilots, have no more than a passing interest in the industry itself. I know pilots who switch off aviation completely when they are off work.

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlinen6238p From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 543 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4281 times:

Most airline ops internships require some sort of participation in an aviation degree program and/or pilot certificates. When I did mine, the major airline required a commercial pilot certificate. While you may be enthusiastic, make sure you meet the minimum requirements first. There are other internship opportunities out there such as those in airline finance and IT departments but the ones in ops are more geared towards those with aviation backgrounds.

To actively root against anybody is just low, and I hope karma comes back at you with a vengeance
User currently offlineroseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 11166 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4085 times:

I might have missed it but what is your major?

If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
User currently offlinemodesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3812 times:

Many U.S. carriers offer internships to college students. I suggest you regularly check their websites, and use LinkedIn as a networking resource. I've interned at B6 and DL, and from my internship search, I know that AA, AS, UA, US, and WN all offer internships. These internships are not limited to flight operations as most of these airlines have positions in engineering, marketing, ecommerce, human resources, and more. Send me a message if you'd like more info. Good luck!

User currently offlineCloneof501 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3716 times:

Quoting modesto2 (Reply 4):

I sent you a message.

But on a more general note, has anyone here ever gotten an internship in a finance position at an airline?

User currently offlineMIAT From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3371 times:

Thank you all for the responses!

Quoting roseflyer (Reply 3):
I might have missed it but what is your major?

I am majoring in Economics.

User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 4701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

I know WN has many summer interns across many areas, but usually in DAL .

"I want to know the voice of God the rest is just details" --A. Einstein
User currently offlineSuper80DFW From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

I'm also majoring in Economics, but also doubling majoring in Anthropology. I'm looking forward to getting an internship, however I already work for AMR so hopefully I can just graduate and transfer down to Headquarters in Fort Worth. Good luck with your search!

"Things change, friends leave, life doesn't stop for anybody." -- EAT'EM UP EAT'EM UP KSU!!
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