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Internships and Careers

Internships & Career Opportunities in Aviation

The faculty and staff in the Aviation Program take pride in their students and strive to provide them with the skills necessary to succeed in the aviation industry. Through guest speakers in classes and forums, our students are able to network with professionals in the aviation industry and build relationships that could lead to possible internships or careers.

As internship opportunities become available, we notify our students through Canvas (USU's learning management system), class announcements, and email. We also encourage students to seek out their own internship opportunities.

Professional Pilot Students

USU pilot students have done internships at the following companies:

  • Envoy Air
  • Skywest Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Jet Blue Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Schweitzer Engineering
  • Valero
  • USU Flight Operations

Upon graduating from Utah State,

Professional Pilot students have an average of 200-250 flight hours. Effective summer 2012, newly hired pilots are required to have 1,500 hours of flight experience.* After graduation, USU flight students are building hours by working as flight instructors at various flight training centers across the United States, including USU, flying at Scenic Airlines, and working as Linemen at Jet Centers. After that, our students head to regional airlines. Aggie alumni have been employed by almost every regional airline but the most common are SkyWest, Envoy, and Express Jet.

*Without Restricted Air Transport Pilot license (R-ATP). Utah State graduates qualify for the R-ATP, which requires only 1,000.

Utah State University Aviation has two Cadet programs; one with Envoy and one with Skywest.


Envoy's Cadet Program is designed to help the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom to the cockpit. Envoy will place you as a paid Flight Instructor at one of our numerous affiliate programs and you'll enjoy all the benefits of being an Envoy employee. At select partner schools, employee benefits include travel privileges for you and your immediate family on American Airlines and American Eagle flights, comprehensive health, dental, and vision coverage, 401(k) retirement with company match contributions; and paid vacation and sick time accrual.

Envoy offers up to $22,100 in bonuses plus benefits.


The SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program provides a direct path for exceptional pilots with a desire to Take Control of their aviation careers. Enhanced seniority, guaranteed final interview, and access to pilot mentors are just a few of the upgrades students can receive by becoming a SkyWest cadet on your way to becoming one of SkyWest's more than 4,000 professional pilots. Unlike an internship, the Pilot Pathway Programs allows students to remain at their campus to complete their flight training until they are able to meet SkyWest's Airline Transport Pilot standards. Each cadet is individually mentored by SkyWest pilots and may have the opportunity to participate in SkyWest recruiting events and outreach programs.