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Internships At United

Fri Mar 24, 2006 4:37 am

Hey all, I was just wondering where I could go about searching for internships at United Airlines. They are my favorite American major, and would love to work for them this summer. The internship would have to be in Los Angeles. I checked on their website, but couldnt find much with regards to internships other than college jobs such as working part time at the ramp. Surely United offers internships for the summer in different departments? Any help as to where or whom to contact would be great. Thanks!
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RE: Internships At United

Fri Mar 24, 2006 4:44 am

I can't speak specifically for United, but I would imagine that you might be a little late for this. Flight ops internships are among the most sought after postions in aviation for aspiring airline pilots and those are typically only offered through a university partner and filled many months in advance. There are usually other internship opportunities in departments less directly related to operations, but those are located around corporate headquarters. Good luck!
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RE: Internships At United

Fri Mar 24, 2006 4:45 am

There are a couple rules about internships. You have to be currently enrolled in an accredited university, generally a junior or senior (grad school work is acceptable, but not preferred), and 9 times out of 10, in an aviation related major. It's possible to get internships not satisfying the second and third requirements, but it's an absolute must to be a current university student, for liability reasons. Other than that, United is not give a whole lot of internships out right now, and the deadline is either fast approaching or already past (they've already scheduled interviews with the candidates at my school who were qualified and applied), and you may or may not be able to be able to choose LAX excusively. Other than that, try giving a call to somebody in the HR department, or even their flight operations department.
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RE: Internships At United

Fri Mar 24, 2006 4:50 am

I have heard of United offering internships although I don't think all are paid, but I am not sure of that. However I doubt you would be able to get one in Los Angeles. Most of them would be in either the World Headquarters in Chicago or in San Francisco. United doesn't have a huge corporate presence in Los Angeles. There aren't really many airlines that have corporate operations in Los Angeles.

Many internships are to do with business and marketing or some other form of revenue management or planning. And of course many airlines have pilot internship programs.

Just so you know, Southwest Airlines has the most extensive internship/co-op program of any airline that I know of. They have many different opportunities that are mostly in Dallas that you can see if you go to their website. They do pay, but as you would expect the pay is far less than what you would expect at many other companies and they are extremely competitive. If you are interested in engineering in particular, there are many high paying (some like mine at Hamilton Sundstrand) pay over $20 per hour. You can work in an aviation company while still gaining technical knowledge and receiving a decent paycheck for your efforts. Boeing is another huge provider of internships although they are incredibly competitive. If you are in business or many non technical fields you are less likely to recieve a paid internship in general, but those are the majority of the internships that I have heard about for airlines. Even if you don't have a paid internship, airlines will often offer travel benefits to interns.

I was close to trying to get an internship at Skywest in Utah, but the possiblity of pay and doing real engineering was too alluring. Good luck at getting an internship! However there are often times it is easier to get a co-op as companies want student workers throughout the year and not just in the summer time so that is a good option, especially if you don't have a near 4.0 from a prestigious school.

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RE: Internships At United

Fri Mar 24, 2006 6:07 am

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Thread starter):
Hey all, I was just wondering where I could go about searching for internships at United Airlines. They are my favorite American major, and would love to work for them this summer.

Probably a little late, those internships were likely filled last year.

What about a real job with United?
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RE: Internships At United

Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:18 am

I did an internship with United last summer. They offer them in Chicago and Denver. It was in Chicago at the world headquarters working in the flight safety office. It was unpaid but they did pay for housing and 1 meal per day (at the cafeteria). As of last summer they were not offering flight operations internships. I believe this was related to something within the pilots contract about not having interns while pilots were on furlough.

I would recommend the experience to anyone. Was able to jumpseat on the B737,A320,B757, B777, and B747. Also traveled the country on the weekends and got some decent sim time.
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RE: Internships At United

Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:48 am

I interned with JetBlue Airways in the summer of 2004 in Technical Operations (Engineering). JetBlue has many interns in all departments, mostly in its Queens (NY) headquarters. It's a great experience with opportunities to travel the country and see the workings of a successful airline. Good luck!
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RE: Internships At United

Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:06 pm

I'm eagerly awaiting a response from Midwest Airlines. I applied in Februray for their flight ops summer internship. So you are looking at least a 3 month headstart to start applying places.

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