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
Professional Pilot Internships are generally run on a semester basis. They are available all semesters, including summer. Internships are important because they give students real industry experience and provide them the opportunity to impress a future employer if they perform well during their internships. Many airlines will guarantee an interview to a former intern whose performance during the internship was satisfactory. This guarantee is contingent on the former intern having the required minimum flight hour and pilot rating requirements and is only a guarantee for an interview and not a guarantee that a former intern will ever be hired with the company. Students can apply for most internships online. Internship application packages usually are submitted to the educational institution for an initial screening process and then the institute-selected application packages are forwarded to the airline or company. Our relationship is great with hiring companies – better if the interns from our institution perform well.
USU pilot students have done internships at the following companies:
- Envoy Air
- Skywest Airlines
- American Airlines
- Jet Blue Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Schweitzer Engineering
- 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.