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Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Intern Program

students that have graduated from the MSI programThe 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

  • 1 Year Program beginning every June, with option to extend
  • Interns can remain in program for 2 terms (24 months total)
  • Flexible work schedules and hours
  • Structured 10-week summer session with cohort projects
  • Engagement activities year-round

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
  • Completed one year of college credits

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

Concentration Areas

The MSI application is categorized into two concentration areas.

Business/Social Science Aviation/STEM
  • 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.
  • Do I have the option to telework?
    • Yes, the MSI internship will continue to follow FAA return-to-work policies and procedures, including maximum telework during the different phases of reopening.
  • 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: Wednesday, March 23, 2022