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Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Intern Program

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The MSI Internship Program is open to all eligible undergraduate and graduate college students attending an accredited college or university. 

An important focus of the program is providing opportunities to eligible students from groups that have been underrepresented in Aviation, Aeronautics and STEM such as,

  • African-Americans
  • Asian Americans and other Pacific Islanders
  • Hispanics
  • Native Americans
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Student Veterans
  • Women

Structure

  • Gateways Program beginning every May, with option to return every year 
  • Upon successful completion of the program, interns may be non-competitively converted to a full-time position.  
  • Nationwide Opportunities
  • Structured 10-week summer session with cohort projects

Benefits

Students are provided an opportunity to capitalize on their academic studies and gain meaningful work experience and developmental activities. Additionally, students gain professional knowledge, expertise, and practical experience to chart their own career paths and make informed career choices. Students may earn academic credit for their internship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited institution
  • Be in good academic standing

Note: To apply students need to create a login on USAJobs.

How to Apply

The 2024 MSI application period will be open from January 16 to February 2.

We are accepting applications for the 2024 MSI internship program until February 2. Submit your applications at USAJobs.

Concentration Areas

The MSI application will focus on these major areas:

  • Business Admin/Mgmt
  • Finance/Economics/Acct.
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Public Admin/Political Science
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Criminal Science/Law
  • And Related Majors
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Aviation Science
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Life Science/Biology/Health
  • Physical Science
  • And Related Majors

All inquiries can be directed to studentprograms@faa.gov.

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I receive academic credit for my internship?
    • Yes, academic credit is offered for the internship.
  • How many hours am I required to work a week?
    • The FAA MSI Internship Program offers both part time and full time availability. Please note that this varies per office. It is expected that students will be able to work full time during breaks from school. Schedules are to be determined between students and managers.
  • What kind of work are interns expected to do?
    • Work assignments and day to day responsibilities vary between staff office and line of business.
  • Can I still take part in the internship while in undergrad/grad school?
    • Yes. To participate in the program, students are required to be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Do I have to have a background in aviation to qualify?
    • No, students are not required to have a background in aviation to qualify.
  • When are selections for the MSI Program made?
    • Selections for the program will be made in early spring. If selected, a representative will contact you with next steps.
  • If I'm selected, what is the next step in on-boarding?
    • If you're selected, the next step in the application process is a background check.
Last updated: Friday, February 16, 2024