How to Land an Internship at American Airlines

Before you can be hired to work or serve customers at 35,000 feet, you must possess some experience. Texas-based American Airlines is not only a major employer of air hostesses, pilots, engineers and other airline industry professionals, it is also a provider of numerous internship opportunities for undergraduate students looking to give their careers a flying start. But what exactly does it take to Intern at American Airlines? Read on to find out.

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1. Who Stands a Chance?

American Airlines regularly recruits undergraduate or graduate students to work in various departments, including:

  • Finance and Planning
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
  • Passenger Sales
  • Information Technology Services
  • Cargo

This means that besides cabin crew members, the airline recruits students who aspire to become industrial engineers, aircraft maintenance specialists, ticket specialists and financial analysts or planners.

2. How Long is the Internship?

Most American Airlines internships last 8 to 12 weeks during the summer (June to August). During this time, you will have the opportunity to join a mentorship program, meet with the company’s senior managers and work on large scale projects where you can gain hands-on experience. Interns also enjoy free flights.

If you have already completed your studies, and you are an IT professional, then you could join ADEPT (American Airlines Development Program for Technology). This program enables fresh technology graduates to be hired as a full-time employees for a period of two years. As an ADEPT, you will undergo a training program designed to equip you with the skills you need to become a technology innovator or leader. After completing the program, you can seek a regular employment opportunity with the company.

3. How to Apply

There are two ways to secure an American Airlines internship. You can apply online through a recruitment portal, or impress professional recruiters working for the company. These recruiters travel from college to college and attend various national conferences looking for the best candidates for an American Airlines internship.

The company typically publishes a 8 to 12 weeks its recruiters will be visiting on a given date.

To be considered for an internship position, you must be:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have completed the second year of an accredited higher institution of learning.
  • Have completed at least 60 semester credit hours of a relevant degree program.

Finally and most importantly, your resume should stand out. There are literally thousands of students looking to intern with American Airlines, so competition for opportunities is very fierce. Do some research and find out the challenges the company is facing in your profession, and then briefly highlight what you can do to help it overcome these challenges. Employers like workers who are proactive and highly committed to a company’s mission.

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After making you application, you can grab a copy of the airline’s Intern’s Guide to gather more information on what you should expect.

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