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Internships At Airlines

Sun Jul 31, 2005 12:48 pm

Ive seem a few posts where people say they are internsd for major airlines in the US. How would you apply for an internship? What are the age requirements, or requirements in general. What benefits would being an intern have? Any more info?


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RE: Internships At Airlines

Sun Jul 31, 2005 12:57 pm

Matt, I think you will get better information if you say what kind of job you are interested in.
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RE: Internships At Airlines

Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:05 pm

I am also interested in the same thing. A lot of airlines post them on their websites. They are looking for college age people who are majoring in a field that is related to the job posting. The intern would get full travel benefits if they are paid. I have a part time temp. position at United for the summer and I get full benefits. The un-paid interns don't get any travel benefits.
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RE: Internships At Airlines

Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:06 pm

Zotan -

Many airlines in the US, like many other major corporations, have an MBA intern program where they interview MBA candidates and invite a certain number to intern for the summer before their final year. It obviously gives the students an opportunity to get a little experience under their belt, even though for a very limited time... 2 months or so. But it also gives airlines and other corporations a chance to sort of "test drive" some of those they invited to see if they might offer them jobs when they attain their degree.

I have heard of some undergraduate internships, and even an occasional high school program. Those, however, have been more of a public service type of situation than a real opportunity for vast numbers of interns to get a foot in the door.

As times have changed, airlines have more furloughed employees than they can count, and people still lined up to get in the door. What they, and many corporations, are looking for is the "test drive" of someone with the educational background to benefit the company.

That being said... Go For It! Your chances are always better with the smaller companies. But many on here from various carriers might have some positive, specific information on their companies that might help. Also, an internship with a local station vs. interning with the airline HDQ is probably much more attainable... especially smaller stations.

One final thought... if you get nowhere with the airlines, try the airport! Any experience is a good experience. I've known of carriers using volunteers or hiring part-time people just to help with ski/baggage check during ski season, or to help direct traffic at ticket counters during holiday seasons. Airports might also look for such help. Any experience looks good on a resume when the real time comes.

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RE: Internships At Airlines

Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:27 pm

It's a good thing to "know" someone in the industry already if you plan on getting an internship that will amount to anything in your future.

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RE: Internships At Airlines

Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:30 pm

if you're a pilot, get an internship with a regional airline (skywest, express jet, eagle, etc...) they're unpaid, but you make a lot of contacts and their hiring minimums are lowered for you (500 total and 50 multi for eagle interns i think), so your career gets a shot in the arm.
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RE: Internships At Airlines

Mon Aug 01, 2005 7:00 am

I graduated with aviation management and my entire intership was Ramp Labor indefinitely, lousy job out look.
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RE: Internships At Airlines

Mon Aug 01, 2005 11:02 am

Excellent question! There are many airline internship opportunities that exist for all types of positions.

JetBlue: I interned with JetBlue Airways last summer in Technical Operations. I was completing my B.S. mechanical engineering degree at UCLA and had always wanted to work for an airline. The internship was amazing! Most of my work involved engineering including avionics and systems engineering. I worked at the company's headquarters in Forest Hills, NY with about 40 other interns. JetBlue has interns in many departments including flight ops, tech ops, security, safety, marketing, customer service, finance and much more. All the interns were working on undergraduate or graduate degrees. In addition to my work in tech ops, I also did a lot of work with marketing and customer service (at JFK). The interns were treated like royalty with tours of JFK, a Yankees baseball game, tour of Manhattan and much more. All the interns were paid and we all had flight benefits, too! Each weekend, I traveled with other interns to various cities including LAS, SJU, FLL, OAK. I'd highly recommend this program!

Alaska: I was also offered (but declined) an engineering internship with Alaska at Sea-Tac airport. The compensation was slightly better than JetBlue but the flight benefits didn't start until after the first 30 or 60 days. They didn't seem to have a formal and structured intern program like JetBlue but the work seemed very hands-on.

Other airlines: I also researched other airlines including Northwest that has engineering and flight ops interns. Many airlines have flight ops interns but they require commercial pilot licenses.

To apply for these positions, check out the airline websites. That's how I did it. I don't know a single person in the industry, so I just blindly applied and started getting calls back. These internships have amazing potential to full-time hire in the future. You'll meet many people in the industry so networking is key and the flight benefits are excellent. JetBlue requires all interns to be attending an accredited college/university and in good academic standing. If you meet the requirements, you should definitely apply. Last summer, I believe JetBlue received nearly 700 applications for 50 internships. It's competitive but well worth the work once you secure the position. Good luck and feel free to ask more questions!

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