To get my degree in Travel Industry Management, I had to do two 400 hour internships. The first was with a hotel and the second was with HA
. Luckily, I was able to get a paid internship at HA
in the Benefits Department. It paid minimum wage with no benefits, but it was one of only two paid internship positions in the whole company. I did a lot of work updating employee information/payroll deductions and manning the Pass Bureau desk. I'd say the best part was just getting the experience and meeting people. It also helped that I had a paid position in that I could bid for any open positions instead of reapplying. After graduating, I immediately was offered and accepted a job in Consumer Affairs. I ended up working for HA
for 3-1/2 years before my position in Safety was cut and I got laid off.
An internship, paid and unpaid, can help you get a job with the airline only if you do an excellent job. Even if you have to reapply, you will have a better chance than many others because your supervisor can give you a good recommendation to the interviewer and hiring department manager.