Internships & Careers
The faculty and staff in the Aviation Program take pride in their students and strive to provide them with the skills necessary to succeed in the aviation industry. Through guest speakers in classes and forums, our students are able to network with professionals in the aviation industry and build relationships that could lead to possible internships or careers.
As internship opportunities become available, we notify our students through Canvas (USU's learning management system), class announcements, and email. We also encourage students to seek out their own internship opportunities.
Professional Pilot Students
Professional Pilot Internships are generally run on a semester basis. They are available all semesters, including summer. Internships are important because they give students real industry experience and provide them the opportunity to impress a future employer if they perform well during their internships. Many airlines will guarantee an interview to a former intern whose performance during the internship was satisfactory. This guarantee is contingent on the former intern having the required minimum flight hour and pilot rating requirements and is only a guarantee for an interview and not a guarantee that a former intern will ever be hired with the company. Students can apply for most internships online. Internship application packages usually are submitted to the educational institution for an initial screening process and then the institute-selected application packages are forwarded to the airline or company. Our relationship is great with hiring companies – better if the interns from our institution perform well.
USU pilot students have done internships at the following companies:
- Skywest Airlines
- American Airlines
- Jet Blue Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Schweitzer Engineering
- USU Flight Operations
Upon graduating from Utah State, Professional Pilot students have an average of 200-250 flight hours. Effective summer 2012, newly hired pilots will be required to have 1,500 hours of flight experience. After graduation, USU flight students are building hours by working as flight instructors at various flight training centers across the United States, including USU, flying at Scenic Airlines, and working as Linemen at Jet Centers. After that, our students head to regional airlines. Aggie alumni have been employed by almost every regional airline but the most common are SkyWest, American Eagle, and Express Jet.
Maintenance Management Students
Internships are highly encouraged in the Aviation Technology Maintenance Management (ATMM) program. Students are usually eligible to apply for internship opportunities after their second year of studies in the ATMM curriculum. Internships give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world professional environment with highly experienced mentors in the aviation maintenance disciplines. Students returning from internship experiences have a noticeable increase in skill, professionalism, and confidence. They also have the benefit of maintenance experience on their resume, and contacts for potential employment upon graduation. Most returning interns report guaranteed interviews with their intern companies, if not employment offers upon graduation.
Potential interns are usually among the top of their class, have great people skills, work extremely well with others, have gained a thorough understanding of aviation maintenance theory, and are willing to work hard to master the practical application of maintenance theory gained in class and lab.Internship candidates are required to submit a resume, and interview for the internship opportunity with their instructor, and with the internship company. Most interns register for internship credits through USU, and most aviation maintenance internships are well paid.
Many students seek and find their own internship opportunities across the United States, usually somewhere near their hometown. This method is also encouraged. Interns are usually required to provide their own set of basic tools necessary for working in the profession. Some companies who have supported our program with internship opportunities include:
- Utah State University Professional Pilot program - maintaining their fleet of training aircraft
- Millionaire Aviation – General aviation maintenance technician
- Erickson Air Crane – Helicopter maintenance technician
- Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters – Tour helicopter maintenance technician
- Mission Support – military component and system maintenance technician
- North Slope Outfitters (AK) – General aviation maintenance technician
- Leading Edge Aviation – General aviation maintenance technician
Students in our maintenance program graduate with the necessary course work to receive their Airframe and Powerplant License. They are finding success all over the globe. To name a few, ATMM alumni are currently employed by:
- Cessna, Wichita, KS
- Erickson Air Crane, Central Point, OR
- Western Aircraft, Boise, ID
- Boeing, Everett, WA
- Teton Aviation, Driggs, ID
- Huntsman Aviation, Salt Lake City, UT
- Lone Mountain Aviation, Las Vegas, NV
- USU Flight Training, Logan, UT
- FAA Air Traffic Control, Salk Lake City, UT & Reno, NV
- Bell Boeing, Mesa AZ