Grey suit is fine. That's what I wore for my AA
internship interview. And I got the internship.
American Eagle/American Airlines internships are all selected together. You won't know which side you're on until you start your internship. The departments/positions are selected basically at random.
Bring an updated copy of your resume. Bring patience and a good attitude. You'll probably be interviewed by L.... Don't let her get to you. She's just like that all the time.
A current intern will probably sit in on the interview, and depending on your return flight times, will show you around afterward in the flight academy and potentially over at the airline terminal if that is where they work.
Know a lot about American Airlines. Know the CEO, President. Know what all the pilot bases are. Know all the aircraft types operated. Know what yield management is. Be prepared to answer a few basic flight knowledge questions, like types of icing or what is adverse yaw. The questions change of course, but just be prepared to answer stuff like you'd see on a commercial written.
All the positions are unpaid. Usually there's one assigned to the chief pilot's office at St. Louis (but with the pullback, that may not be an option anymore). The rest are in Dallas. This will be personally expensive for you. Basically be prepared to spend about $5000 over the semester in apartment rent, furniture rental, food, hotels on trips, etc. The positions in Dallas are in various flight operations-type departments, and sometimes more than one intern is assigned to a department. Flight ops technical, flight administration, publications, training, chief pilots office are all positions at AA
. Eagle has safety, chief pilots office, fleet captain technical, training. Everybody agreed that the Eagle interns get more out of it and are definately utilized more. Some at AA
, like in publications, did nothing but issue ID
badges and file charts. The biggest event in their day was lunch.
The jumpseating is great, and you'll meet a lot of great people. Some crew members outright hate interns, and won't be shy in telling you that. You'll get denied sometimes, but just take it in stride, thank them, and move on. I found the people at Eagle a lot more friendly toward interns, but your experience may vary.
Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.