I have done an internship at SA
)">WN and it was a very good experience. I was not at Flight Ops, so I cannot tell you what it entails, but I can tell you that my friends who interned in that position really enjoyed it. One of them worked on a weather project (he studied meteorology) and another one worked with Tech Ops (runways specs, A/C performance, airport tech studies). They are a great company, with great opportunities after you graduate. About 10-15% of the intern class are offered FT
position after they finish their internship.
)">AA US SA
)">DL all have internships opportunities, the ones that I came across SA
)">AA are mostly unpaid for undergraduates. The level of pay for their internships are all comparable, I would think at about $10-$15 range. There might be a couple that will be $20 and above but those don't come by often. Many are unpaid. SA
)">AA's flight ops internship, IIRC, are unpaid but comes with travel benefits and Sim time, therefore it might be a good one for pilot candidates even though they are unpaid.
I think all the major airlines gives unlimited space available (SA) flight benefits to their interns, but I am not 100% sure. I know SA
)">WN, US, old CO
does. They might even have flying benefits for your parents and dependents. I knew a parent of an engineering intern at sCO that had a blast travelling all over Europe a couple months ago. Remember though that if you have SA
privilege as an intern, you are usually at a lower priority than their employees.
I do think that all the carriers look at your major and field of studies when considering your internship application, one exception would be SA
)">WN. They have a philosophy of hiring the personality, train the skills mindset. I know some people at my department when I interned that studied philosophy and geography, which had nothing to do with what they studied. The others im not so sure. I know some airlines only select interns from certain colleges / universities, because the hiring managers are alumni of those universities.
Your major however, is useful to the airlines legal team. Granted those internships maybe are far and few in between, it is still a possibility.
Look for internships beyond the major airlines. World Airways, Piedmont (US subsidiary), B6
all have internships too, and I have seen a Flight Ops internship as World Airways.
Good luck on your search. I have more information that I can share with you, and you can PM
me if you would like.