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Could anyone help give me advice on how to get an internship with any airplane based companies?

Could anyone help give me advice on how to get an internship with any airplane based companies. internships airline-industry aviation airlines

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Ken’s Answer

Let me share an interesting story about internships:


During my daughter's senior year in high school, the highlight of the year (and of the whole high school experience) was to be a several month long internship program. Everyone signed up and indicated the type of internship that they wanted - all except for one girl. This girl wanted to become a doctor and wanted her internship to be with the local EMS unit at the local fire station. So, she talked to the head of the EMS unit and got his approval and made arrangements with the school to create her own internship. Of all of the students about which I heard, she was the one who benefited the most by her internships. My daughter's was definitely not the highlight of her school career. Her first choice fell through and her final assignment was not really what she wanted and did not give her the type of exposure that she had hoped for. 


This shows that you can create your own internship! Locate a company that fits the parameters of the type of experience and exposure that you are seeking and work with them and the appropriate people in your school to put it in motion. After all, if there is an internship program existing today, anywhere, it had to be created by someone.

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Roy’s Answer

Having worked in Corporate Aviation my entire career (since 1991) as a pilot, I never saw an intern in our department until this past year (2019). The intern was a student at a state university aviation program and he spent a portion of his summer break interning with our department. I believe he had to achieve 90 hours to satisfy a course requirement. It was a great opportunity for him to see how a Corporate Aviation department operates and it also offered us a mentor opportunity. So, my suggestion is to find some Aviation operators or departments and at least ask if they offer paid or unpaid internships. Often, Aviation operators are so busy that advertising for interns or internship opportunities basically slip through the cracks. While they would love to have an intern to mentor, they simply get too busy to get the process going. it never hurts to go knock on some doors and at least ask.
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