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Volunteer Service Program

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.

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

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


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.

Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Internship Program

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.

MSI programs are 10-15 week commitments offered year round. During the program you will receive a weekly stipend plus the cost of travel, orientations, workshops, field trips, mentoring and coaching. And you can earn academic credit for these internships.

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. U.S. Citizenship and a minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 grading scale) are required.

For more information about the FAA MSI, application instructions and contact information.

Law Honors Internship Program

The FAA 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; handling Federal appellate cases by delegation from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); and representing the FAA in conjunction with DOJ on a variety of matters pending in the Federal courts, including torts, constitutional takings, personnel and labor law, environmental law and administrative law.

FAA attorneys also represent the agency before the National Transportation Safety Board, the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The vast majority of the FAA's contract matters are resolved through our Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition. Attorneys work closely with the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Transportation 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, rewarding experience. In addition to substantive assignments, our program emphasizes mentoring and career development. In the summer, students take field trips to local FAA and NTSB facilities and meet weekly for a brown bag lunch discussion with a distinguished FAA official, legal practitioner or judge.

Law Student Internships

The FAA offers full-time summer (split summers are not permitted) and part-time fall and spring semester legal internships to current law students who will be continuing law school upon completion of their internships. Internships are available in our Washington, D.C. headquarters and are often available in the FAA's regional and center legal offices as well. Although unpaid, these internships offer the opportunity to work directly with our senior staff in one or more of our practice areas on a variety of substantive assignments. And several of our interns have received academic credit for their work.


We invite first- and second-year law students who are U.S. Citizens to apply for these internships. Our interns generally rank in the top third of their class with many in the top 10 percent.

How to Apply

Submit a current resume, a copy of your undergraduate and law school transcripts and a short writing sample (max. 5 pages) along with a cover letter identifying the principal practice area(s) you are interested in. Submit this information to: Place your name in the email subject line. Any attachments should be in Adobe PDF.

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).

Aviation and Space Education Program (AVSED)

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.

Aviation Safety (AVS) STEM Student Program

Program Overview

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

Internship session runs from June - August, 11 weeks.

How to Apply

Interested candidates may submit a copy of their resume and transcript to:

Download a copy of the AVS STEM Student Program brochure (PDF).

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