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Airline Internship

Fri Dec 24, 2004 6:42 am

I am a freshman in college and am extremely interested in an airline internship. I am wondering if anyone knows what types of internships are out there and how I would go about getting one. My planned major is in Computer Technology which encompasses computer related material as well as management. Thanks
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RE: Airline Internship

Fri Dec 24, 2004 6:56 am

Competition for internships is tighter than ever, but there are some available. Most airline internships I have come across are geared towards students majoring in aviation fields (a friend of mine just got done interning with ATA in flight ops), but you may be able to find an airline internship that is related to your field. Best place to start would probably be your school's career/employment center or someplace like that. Most colleges have an office that keeps track of internship opportunities. You can also check around airline websites, often they will advertise internships online.
Many internships are require you to be a junior or senior, but its never too early to start searching.
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RE: Airline Internship

Fri Dec 24, 2004 9:10 am


Most every airline has an internship program. Now some of them have been suspended because they have bigger fish to fry with their financial issues.

The airlines that I would look at, especially for your major are:

Southwest: They usually have a few every semester and they are in a bunch of different areas. They are obviously extremely competitive, however, they are also well known across all industries as some of the best in the country. They have more than what is listed during the summer months.

JetBlue: They started summer college program last year. They post the interships on their e-recruiting website in early March (at least that's what they did last year). I can't remember too many of them off the top of my head, but I do recall they were across the board from flight ops to emergency management.

Alaska: One of the few that I isn't too specific with their internships. From all the information I have read their interships can be in many different areas "depending on departmental needs." So it might be worth looking into them and specifically asking them what they are looking for that semester.

For the other airlines: Because they are large corporations, I'd also expect them to have internships you would be interested in.

Other than going through your college's career services department (which is a great idea), contacting the human resources departments for different airlines might also work. However, I'd recommend going through your university and pointing them in the right direction (i.e. specific airlines, what you are looking for, phone numbers) because they have some more clout than a college student would (i know from experience  Smile/happy/getting dizzy ).

Good Luck!

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RE: Airline Internship

Fri Dec 24, 2004 10:53 am

Thank you very much for your responses!
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RE: Airline Internship

Fri Dec 24, 2004 10:56 am

I see you are in MSP. Soon I will be driving there to do an internship for a few months with a major airline. Check out their website for more details!

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RE: Airline Internship

Fri Dec 24, 2004 12:17 pm

Having been on the receiving end of airline internship applications (as a member of the selection crew), I can tell you what airlines don't want in an intern...

They don't want folks who apply to every airline they possibly can, desperately trying to get in with whoever will take them.

The best single piece of advice I can give you is this: Research the hell out of as many airlines as you can, and select the one that's the best match for you. Read books, surf the net, hang out here, and get an idea of what airline has the attitude and corporate culture that best matches your personality and expectations in an employer. For example, if you're a serious, businesslike individual who values conservative professionalism above all else, the daily antics that go on at Southwest or Jetblue will probably drive you up the wall.

If you are able to zero in on the airline that is perfect for you...and you truly believe it's perfect for you, set your sights there and don't let anything get in your way! Learn the complete history of the airline, and be very familiar with their current news and rumors. Go out of your way to make contacts there and get to know as many employees as you can. Send your resume and cover letter as early as possible, and send updated ones periodically, keeping in touch until you're ready to officially apply.

Do this, and you'll blow all of the other applicants out of the water. If you're absolutely sure it's the airline for you, that alone will be a qualification no others can match.

Best of luck to you....and do keep us posted!

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