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Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Intern Program

Program Overview

InternsThe MSI Internship Program is open to all eligible undergraduate and graduate college students from all types of cultural backgrounds. 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, and Women.

Intern Sessions

Internships are available throughout the year:

Availability Schedule
Season Length
Spring (January to May) 15 weeks
Summer (June to August) 10 weeks
Fall (August to December) 15 weeks

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. A weekly stipend is paid as is the cost of travel. The MSI Internship Program also offers orientations, workshops, fieldtrips, mentoring and coaching.

Eligibility Requirements Include:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited institution
  • 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed one year of college credits (i.e., minimum of 2nd year standing for undergraduates at the time of application)

To Apply:

If interested in being considered, please email a resume and unofficial transcript 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?
Generally, all internship assignments are in person only. However, due to COVID-19, all internship assignments are virtual.

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.

Do I have the option to work part time?
A part time option is only offered for specific offices.

What kind of work are interns expected to do?
Work assignments and day to day responsibilities vary.

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.

How will I be notified if I am selected for a position?
A representative from the student programs team will reach out to you directly to notify you.

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.

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