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This information is from a packet given to us in a class at Purdue. I don't know whether the requirements included are stricly for Purdue applicants, or whether the airlines have the same requirements regardless of the school...
Most all of the major carriers had the same basic requirements:
*Junior stading or higher
*Pilot certification (DL requires only Private, most require commercial, some require instrument rating)
In addition, many require first or second class medicals. AA and UA both ask for driving records. Some, including Delta, require letters of reccommendation (3 for DL).
After submitting the required materials for application, the airline contacts you to arrange an interview if they are interested.
In the case of Delta specifically, there were the following steps in the application process:
*Submit the packet
*Interview with flight ops representatives (see "IND-DFW-IND For An AA Interview" for info on this interview)
*Earn the reccommendation of the flight interviewers (All Purdue applicants were reccommended, 4 out of 16 ERAU applicants were. Those are the only 2 school I know stats for.)
*Schedule a trip to Atlanta for an interview with HR
*If HR extends an offer, take a drug test and fill out paperwork to initiate a background check
Of the airline internships, I found Delta's most attractive initially because it is paid (minimum wage, works out to about $700/month takehome). Talking to others who are participating or have participated in the program, I hear nothing but good things about the Delta internship. My understanding is that Delta interns do more hands-on work than interns at other airlines, who do primarily office work (copying, mailing, filing, etc.). I don't know this absolutley, as I have never participated in an intern program at any airline, but it seems to be the belief of most people I have spoken to. For example, one of my friends there now has taken at least two business trips to Europe (London and Paris), and another has logged 15 hours in the 777 sim so far.
Like most airlines, Delta offers internships during the fall semester, the spring semester, and the summer. I would reccommend a semester internship if you can take the time from school, because there are fewer applicants and you are with the company longer, getting to know more people, to know them better, and to do more stuff. Let me know if you have any more questions.