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The FAA Volunteer Service Program provides an opportunity for college, high school, technical or vocational students to experience the world of aviation in educationally relevant work assignments through a positive working, learning, and developmental experience. This is an unpaid internship, but the rewards it offers can have a great impact on your future.
To be eligible you must be enrolled in at least a half-time course load (as defined by the academic institution) and maintain a 2.0 GPA (4.0 scale). You must be a U.S. Citizen and at least 16 years old.
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers, like the FAA, with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Defense manage the program. Since the program's expansion in 1995, more than 6,000 students and recent graduates have received temporary and permanent employment opportunities through the WRP.
To be eligible for the WRP, candidates must be current, full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a disability, or have graduated within one year of the release of the database each December. For the 2013 WRP release, interviews will be held in the fall of 2012. A candidate who graduated in October, 2011 or later would still be eligible to participate. Candidates must be U.S. citizens. If you are an eligible candidate, share this information with your school's disability services or career services coordinator, and ask him or her to contact the WRP Coordinator at email@example.com.
On December 27, 2010, the President signed Executive Order 13562 entitled Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates. This Executive order established two new programs and modified another:
- An Internship Program for current students
- The Recent Graduates Program – for people who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs (2 years from the date the graduate completed an academic course of study) and
- The reinvigorated Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program for people who obtained an advanced degree (e.g., graduate or professional degree) within the preceding two years.
These programs, collectively the Gateways Programs, are streamlined developmental programs tailored to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates in the Federal workforce.
The MSI Internship Program is open to all eligible undergraduate and graduate college students from all types of cultural backgrounds. Through this program, you will be able to capitalize on your academic studies through meaningful work experience and developmental activities. The result is enhanced professional knowledge, expertise and practical experience to help chart your career path with FAA.
The MSI Internship Program is open to all eligible undergraduates and graduate college students attending an accredited college or university.
The MSI internship accommodates a variety of educational backgrounds in academic fields such as Air Traffic Control, Aviation Management, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering and Information Technology. US Citizenship and at least 1 year completed college credits.
For more information about the FAA MSI, application instructions and contact information.
The FAA is the acknowledged leader in aviation and aerospace transportation. Our mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aviation system in the world. The Office of the Chief Counsel (AGC) plays a vital role in supporting the agency’s mission by furnishing in-house legal services to agency officials and offices on a variety of matters including regulatory law, federal procurement law, federal grant law, and environmental law; representing the FAA in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on a variety of matters pending in the federal courts, including torts, constitutional takings, employment and labor law, airports and environmental law, and administrative law; representing the FAA before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Additionally, most of the FAA’s contract matters are resolved through the agency’s Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA). As part of the Department of Transportation (DOT), our attorneys work closely with the DOT’s Office of General Counsel on issues of significance to the aviation industry.
Our diverse legal practice provides a wealth of opportunities for interested law students, and AGC is committed to offering interns a meaningful and rewarding experience. In addition to substantive assignments and opportunities to brief senior leaders, our program emphasizes mentoring and career development. In the summer, students make offsite visits to local FAA and NTSB facilities and meet weekly for brown bag lunch discussions with senior leaders.
We offer full-time summer and part-time fall and spring semester legal internships to current law students who will be continuing in law school after their internships. We do not permit split summers. Most internships are located in our Washington, D.C., headquarters. The internships are unpaid but offer the opportunity to work directly with our senior staff in one or more practice areas on a variety of substantive assignments. Interns also can consider earning academic credit for their work with us. Learn more about the offices in headquarters where we expect to hire interns this year.
In addition to the headquarters internships, internships often are available in the FAA's regional and center legal offices. Students may inquire about and apply for regional or center legal internships by directly contacting those offices or by applying through the Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG).
We invite applications from first-year and second-year law students who are United States citizens. Our interns generally rank in the top third of their class with many in the top ten percent.
How to apply
To apply for an internship in our Washington, DC headquarters, submit a current resume, a copy of your undergraduate and law school transcripts, a short writing sample (not exceeding 5 pages), and a cover letter identifying the principal practice area(s) in which you are interested to: 9-AWA-AGC-Internship@faa.gov. We strongly recommend identifying the principal practice area(s) using the Division Preference Form and email with your application materials. Please include your name and the program for which you are applying (e.g., Spring 2023, or Summer 2023) in the e-mail subject line. Your attachments should be in Adobe PDF format. If you need to update your original application package, please add "amended" to the e-mail subject line.
- Spring 2023: December 2, 2022
- Summer 2023: March 3, 2023
It is advantageous to apply early, as we consider applications on a rolling basis and make many offers in advance of the stated deadlines.
Interviews are conducted via online video conferencing, but local candidates may request an in-person interview. Regrettably, we cannot respond to application status inquiries, and it may not be possible for us to confirm receipt of your application due to the number of applicants.
Thank you for your interest in the FAA's Office of the Chief Counsel. We look forward to hearing from you.
Attorney and Co-Director, Law Honors Intern Program
Employment and Labor Law Division
Office of the Chief Counsel
Jack F. Williams
Attorney and Co-Director, Law Honors Intern Program
Airports and Environmental Law Division
Office of the Chief Counsel
The FAA Aviation and Space Education Program provides valuable resources to help and encourage future generations to explore the world of aviation and space technology and careers. AVSED offers information for aviation enthusiasts and educators, details on partnerships among government agencies, aviation/aerospace industry and the community to foster and encourage the growth of aviation and the enhancement of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in schools.
The Aviation Safety (AVS) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Student Program aims to host students studying in the field of STEM who are interested in pursuing aviation-related careers. The program provides interns with meaningful work and engaging activities, while establishing ongoing relationships to build their knowledge and foster interest in pursuing a career with the AVS Organization.
Our organization has numerous STEM-focused occupations critical to carrying out the FAA's mission. These positions include but are not limited to aviation safety inspectors, flight test pilots, medical officers, and aerospace engineers.
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Accepted for enrollment or are enrolled and seeking a degree at a college/university
- In good standing with educational institution (2.0 or better GPA)
- Paid internship
- Students can capitalize on their academic studies through meaningful work experience and developmental activities
- Students may earn academic credit for internship
- Students will gain professional knowledge, expertise, and practical experience
Internship session runs from June - August, 11 weeks.
How to Apply
Interested candidates may submit a copy of their resume and transcript to 9-AVS-STEMProgram@faa.gov.
FAA regulates and oversees all aspects of our nation's civil aviation. FAA employees work in a variety of occupations across the nation to provide the safest, most efficient aviation technology and airspace in the world.