The Internship Advantage | College of Aeronautics and Engineering | Kent State University

The Internship Advantage

Internships enhance classroom learning by integrating real-world work experience, confirming or redirecting career decision-making, improving job opportunities after graduation, providing networking opportunities, and supplementing income while earning a degree.

Part of a student's education is learning what is required of them to be a professional. Going through the professional application process early in their college career will make preparing a resume/cover letter and interviewing second nature by the time the student is ready to graduate.


Endeavor Air

Z.B. talks about his experience with Kent State University and STEP (Student to Endeavor Pilot).

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Jackson Hole Airport

"In August 2016, I was fortunate enough to be offered a six-month internship position working with the operations team at the Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming. In the four months that I’ve been here, I’ve learned more than I could have ever imagined. In addition to learning basic airport operations and management skills, I earned two accreditations with the American Association of Airport Executives. I obtained my Airport Certified Employee designation in Operations back in October, and just this past week (December 2016), I passed the rigorous 180 question Certified Member exam. I would not have been able to pass these exams without the continued support of the airport administration, which strives for all its employees to take advantage of these educational programs in hopes of improving the professional development of the staff. I am looking forward to continue working with the operations team these next two months as much of our day-to-day work will consist of snow removal operations and the issuance of NOTAMs as we tackle the heart of the chaotic winter season. I will forever be thankful for this opportunity to intern in beautiful Teton Valley and at the only airport in the country located within a National Park. I can’t thank the Kent State Aeronautics program enough for preparing me to handle the demands of the aviation industry and for helping to make this happen." -J.V., C.M., A.C.E.

Flight Safety

"I can easily say Flight Safety has been the greatest opportunity in career advancement I have had thus far. Since working with FSI, I have had the pleasure of learning valuable crew concept skills as well as becoming very practiced in the Hawker 800xp. FSI challenges me each day to improve myself and strive for excellence by living the company's motto, 'the best safety device in any aircraft is a well trained crew.' In addition to working with domestic flight departments I am also cross training with a wide variety of international clients from China, Ghana, Canada etc. Flight safety offers many ways to advance both professionally and personally. I am about to enroll in a high altitude training course and I'm encouraged to use the sims as much as necessary to feel comfortable in the aircraft. All in all, I am thrilled to be working for FSI as it has opened doors I never could have imagined. I cannot recommend flight safety enough to each student at Kent. The pay is good, the work is great and the networking opportunities are priceless." J. R.

NASA Glenn

"My internship with NASA Glenn Research Center represents the single most valuable contributor to my college education. While at NASA, I discovered that NASA employs some of the brightest and most prolific people in the science and engineering fields. The resulting academic environment was extremely stimulating and motivating. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to have experts explain their research to me, show me their research facilities, and generally involve me in their work. There are few places in the world where people are so passionate about the organization for which they work, and the work which they do there. My colleagues motivated me to think harder, to work smarter and to immerse myself in the NASA culture. My work at NASA also gave me a much more concrete idea of the direction I would like my career to go. This discovery has allowed me to better plan my future education, and has given me an idea of the steps I need to take to secure my desired career. Just doing this one internship will give me a much better chance of securing another work experience, as I have been able to network effectively and prove my own skills to the largest aerospace research organization in the world. Having this experience has given me the confidence and motivation that I need to continue my education, and move forward on a path toward a meaningful career in research and technology." B. K.

NASA Langley

"This dynamic team experience greatly helped me with my own career and education plans, as this is now what's becoming more prevalent in the Aerospace Industry." A.F.

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"BGI is a very special place and filled with some of the brightest minds in aviation. It is very humbling to be a part of it. There's a lot from the internship experience that I'm sure will pay dividends for me some time later in life. I'm lucky and proud to be with BGI. It is awesome to have a job you can brag about." E. Q.

United Airlines

J.I. (United Airlines)"Newark is a blast to say the least. Just in the past two days, I've been in the cockpits of 737s, A320s, and a few 777s. I love it!!!!" J.I. (United Airlines)

Quality Resources

"Interning at Quality Resources, LLC allowed me to pursue a career in corporate and business aviation that I previously never thought of as an opportunity. Aviation departments are looking to hire people with experience and doing an internship is a great way to build valuable experience. Kent State University's new internship program incentivizes area businesses to hire interns, which in turn will help the students succeed in their careers." C.O.

Parker Parflex

"Interning with Parker is a great opportunity where I get to see and work with engineering principles and procedures, while gaining real world experience from a Fortune 500 company that cannot be taught in the class room." A.G.

National Heat Exchange

National Heat Exchange CC -"This internship has allowed me to apply my Kent State education to a real-world professional environment while earning a wage and gaining experience necessary for being competitive in the post-graduation career search." K.S.

Cleveland Center Weather Service Unit

Cleveland Center Weather Service Unit (CCWSU) -"As a pilot, being aware of the weather and your surroundings is extremely important for every aspect of flight, from pre-flight to the landing. I am enjoying this internship thoroughly..." R.A.